Panasonic Intro’s Portable Blu-ray Player, the DMP-B15

Posted by James Segars on January 8, 2009 
Filed Under: Format War

As one of the premiere Blu-ray hardware manufacturer’s and supporters, Panasonic has always maintained a progressive edge through player features and design cues.

Newly announced today is the DMP-B15 — the industry’s first portable Blu-ray Player. As expected — with Panasonic’s exceptional build quality/feature set — the DMP-B15 is no slouch. It comes stacked with an SDHC Slot, HDMI A/V out, and an Ethernet Port. As you might imagine, the HDMI port gives you the ability to output video, but it also features the ability to output “outstanding surround sound.” No confirmation on whether or not the player can decode all of the lossless audio streams — or if it simply grabs the core stream — nor is there any official word on the HDMI spec of the unit, and the possibility of lossless bitstreaming.

Beyond the A/V capabilities/speculation, there is also no info regarding the presence of the Ethernet port, but we’re willing to bet that it will provide owners with BD-Live connectivity.

All in all, this portable player could prove to be a veritable portable option for HD-enthusiasts.

Naturally, we’ll keep you posted on further specification/feature updates.

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3 Responses to “Panasonic Intro’s Portable Blu-ray Player, the DMP-B15”

  1. RED meat on January 11th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Why Ethernet port built-in? Needs WiFi!

  2. James Segars on January 11th, 2009 4:37 pm

    We hear yah.

    It would be nice if more CE companies would add WiFi, or at the very least a WiFi accessory.

    The good news is that Samsung is set to release their slimmest player yet — and sleekest — complete with WiFi capabilities!

  3. The Guardian on January 12th, 2009 7:40 am

    Is the screen 1080p? :p

    Seriously though, has anyone seen one of those little 11-inch $2000 Sony TVs? They look amazing. Use one of those on a Blu-ray player and I’d want to buy it (not that I could afford it hehe).

    Panasonic makes weird choices sometimes… why not wi-fi? Because it costs a few bucks in something that likely costs quite a few bucks? Just like the BD50 when it came out, they couldn’t be bothered to INCLUDE a 1 GB memory card to make it profile 2.0 out of the box (which costs what, $5?)…

    They’re a great company other than those odd little points here and there, though.

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