Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
Sony sends its BDP-S1 out into the real world

When DailyTech last covered news on Sony's BDP-S1 Blu-ray player, it was delayed until October 25. The late October release date would have given the player a three week head start on the headliner Blu-ray player for 2006: the PlayStation 3.

October 25 came and went as did November 14 (the PS3's launch date) with no sight of the BDP-S1. Well, we can now safely say that that Sony's BDP-S1 is finally out the door and should be available in significant quantities in retail stores in time for the holidays.

The BDP-S1 supports 1080p through its HDMI connector, MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1. For users without a 1080p capable television, the player can fall back to 1080i with component cables. And as expected from a player that rings in this price class, it also upscales regular DVDs to 1080p over the HDMI connector.

The player also supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD and DVD playback on DVD/DVD+R/+RW media. A firmware update will be available in 2007 which allow the BDP-S1 to play BD-R/RE media.

The BDP-S1 is available now from a number of retailers. Best Buy is currently showing the player in stock for $999.99 plus shipping.

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