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Panasonic Announce Final Standard Profile Player

Posted by Dave Cowl on October 30, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War



Panasonic.jpgDigital TV Design Line are reporting the announcement of the ‘first’ standalone Final Standard Profile player. The Panasonic DMP-BD30 will feature 24 fps 1080p output along with the FSP capabilities.

Another interesting addition is the SD card reader, allowing pictures and AVCHD content to be viewed from SD cards. The player also features HDMI 1.3 and will allow bitstream output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD:MA streams.

Panasonic are also claiming to be the first to use 45 nm LSI in a consumer electronics device.

The player will retail for $499.95, no doubt putting pressure on pricing for other Blu-ray players. Edit: Home Media Magazine is reporting a street date of November 5.

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12 Responses to “Panasonic Announce Final Standard Profile Player”

  1. Devils Advocate on October 30th, 2007 3:17 pm

    With this player at $500 its now reasonable to assume that the current 1.0 gen players will be put on a firesale as low as $299.99.

    That would be nice.

  2. Kris on October 30th, 2007 4:19 pm

    @Devils Advocate
    Haha, that would be like a grocery store marking down the price on all their expired milk. Who would buy something that will be obselete to all the new upcoming features? Plus the way blu-ray markets their product, you can bet they’ll be singing the praises of their new 1.1 profile and cause anyone looking to hop on the bandwagon to think, now WTF would I buy a 1.0 profile blu-ray player for?

  3. Cozmo on October 30th, 2007 4:29 pm

    Or better yet they’ll be standing there in the store wondering wtf 1.0 and 1.1 means. Hey this hd-dvd thing sounds like dvd only high definition. Ooh the player is half the price. Sweet I’ll get that one. ;)

  4. Dave Cowl on October 30th, 2007 4:30 pm

    Probably the same kind if people who would buy a discontinued HD DVD player for $199 – just a guess…

    It is interesting though that the comparable HD DVD player, the A35 is the same retail price at this player. It seems that for the same kinds of features, HD DVD is not really that much different from Blu-ray these days.

  5. Kris on October 30th, 2007 4:37 pm

    Well then Dave, where is Blu-rays 1080i cheaper stripped down player for those that have less money and don’t happen to have or plan on getting a 1080p tv? Fact is theres tons out there with a 720p hdtv that want into the high def movie watching yet blu-ray forces them to get a 1080P player for double the cost. Seems like a really poor strategy to me, just my opinion.

  6. Cozmo on October 30th, 2007 4:40 pm

    The cool thing about the “discontinued” $199 player is that it does the same thing as all the others only without 1080p. It isn’t like they stopped making firmware updates for it. Ethernet++

  7. Cozmo on October 30th, 2007 4:45 pm

    I’ve owned multiple panasonic dvd players in the past and have always liked their stuff. I hope someday they’ll make hd-dvd players too.

  8. Dark_Claw on October 30th, 2007 4:49 pm

    Why are they still announcing blu-ray players. Everyone knows it is going to go under. The only thing that has helped it thus far is the PS3. Toshiba is going to dominate the market in the near future due to the HD-A2 for $199 at Walmart and Circuit City.

    Rumour has it the HD-A3 will be $170 on black friday at Sears.

    GG Blu-gay.

  9. Dave Cowl on October 30th, 2007 5:02 pm

    I like my Panasonic equipment too. Sadly a firmware update will not add analog audio outputs or HDMI 1.3.

    @Kris, I think that Blu-ray manufacturers in general do not think the market is ready for cut price low featured models. Rather the HD media market is still largely the cash rich early adopters who are more interested in feature rich and higher quality.

    For many the HD Media player is already one of the cheaper things in their home theater. Even at $1000, the BD player was cheaper than my receiver and my display. At $500 it is way cheaper.

    Features like multichannel analog outputs (compatibility with older high end receivers) and HDMI 1.3 (compatibility with newer high end receivers) and 24 fps 1080p (compatible with new high end displays) are the kinds of features that sell to the real home theater enthusiasts.

    Granted there will be some who love a good bargain and get the A2 for his 720p DLP RPTV and crappy little surround system – but are these kinds of people the ones buying all the movies? Or do they just buy Transformers and be done with it?

  10. Dave Cowl on October 30th, 2007 10:11 pm

    @Dark_Claw

    Probably because they have sold more Blu-ray Discs than HD DVD discs for every week this year and even in Standalone players have over 40-50% of the market this year.

    Though mostly to sell people players to watch their Spider-Man and Pixar movies on when they buy them.

  11. Kris on October 31st, 2007 9:57 am

    Hey Dave,
    How about posting the story of Kmart choosing HD DVD exclusively and dropping blu-ray? :)

  12. Dave Cowl on October 31st, 2007 2:17 pm

    That would be Tyler’s job :D

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