The two networked Blu-Ray players, the LG BD370 (SRP: $300) and BD390 (SRP: $400), that LG announced at the International CES earlier this year are shipping now. They offer content-on-demand access to services like Youtube and Netflix through NetCast Entertainment Access and Wi-Fi.
Later in June consumers will be able to purchase the Panasonic DMP-B15, the first portable Blu-Ray player priced at $799.95. It includes an 8.9-inch LCD screen, SD memory card slot, VIERRA CAST internet connectivity and BD-Live capabilities.
The Blu-Ray Association has created a task force that will examine how to integrate 3D technology into Blu-Ray more easily. The taskforce is comprised of studio members, CE manufacturers, and IT companies working towards standards for implementing 3D technology into Blu-Ray.
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.