The BDP 10 Blu-ray Disc player from Harman Kardon will be hitting premium European markets later in the month. The player features a profile 2.0 with BD-Live access, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio onboard decoding, and connectivity that comprises one HDMI output, 2 digital outs, and 2-channel analog out.
The recent edition of the NPD Group’s “Blu-Ray Report” shows that Blu-Ray player unit sales in the first quarter of 2009 rose 72% compared to the first quarter of 2008, gaining 400,000 units. The sales figures show a 14% increase during this same period to $107.2 million.
Oppo’s rollout strategy for its new BDP-83 Blu-Ray player will take its next step this month. Between May 5th and May 15th, those who received invitations to purchase a player will get theirs in the mail, a move that follows on the heels of Oppo’s earlier, and even more exclusive, releases to select individuals in order to get feedback on the product.
The Momitsu BDP-899 is shipping now, and its manufacturer claims that it is a “Region 0” player – capable of playing Blu-Ray discs from any region. This player features BD-Live capabilities, upscaling to 1080p, can display HDMI Deep Color, and includes picture-in-picture functionality.
Digital democracy is live and well, at least in the Early Adopter program that Oppo has begun. They distributed an email to their customers that outlined a democratic way of kicking off (or closing the doors on) their highly anticipated BDP-83 Blu-Ray player.