Sony Announces their Next Generation Blu-ray Players
Sony has announced their next generation Blu-ray players for release later in 2008. Both new models will be capable of accessing advanced interactive features such as BonusView and BD-Live.
The BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 models will both support BonusView (Picture-in-Picture) featured on some of the new Blu-ray Disc releases. The BDP-S350 model will be BD-Live ready featuring an Ethernet port for an easy firmware update and access to Internet-based interactive content features. The BSP-S550 will ship BonusView and BD-Live capable.
Both models also feature an external port for local storage, so users can add optional storage device, however the BDP-S550 will ship with a 1GB storage device. Both players will feature 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output.
Both players will feature 7.1 channel Dolby(R) TrueHD and Dolby(R) Digital Plus decoding and bit-stream output, as well as dts(R)-HD High Resolution Audio and Master Audio bit-stream output. The BDP-S550 will add dts-HD High Resolution Audio and dts-HD Master Audio decoding as well as 7.1 channel analog audio output.
Both players will support AVCHD discsand also feature compatibility with an array of video formats, including BD-R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA format), and JPEG on DVD/CD recordable media.
The new BDP-S350 ships this summer for about $400 and BDP-S550 will be available this fall for about $500.
Via Blu-ray Stats