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
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
quote: Or just buy the HD-DVD add-on for $160 after $30 MIR via Circuit City, then connect it to your HTPC and load PowerDVD HD Edition. Voila! No Xbox360 required, no $500 player...
quote: PowerDVD HD Edition
quote: Did you mean BD or HD Edition?
quote: If your graphics card and display both do, then yes. Assuming you have an HDCP-enabled graphics card (sorry, forget to mention that earlier), you'll be able to scale the native 1080p24 source to any size you wish.
quote: Capacity: 50GB disks are about it for Blu-Ray, 35GB disk for HD-DVD. Yes there is a size advantage, but will it really matter? From a movie format point of view, not at all. Where does this aide? Episodes of TV shows? What movie is long enough for you to sit there, and watch, in 1080p, that takes up 50 GB. Are you really going to sit there for 5 hours straight? Not stand up ONCE?
quote: Also, personally speaking, I like to receive something when I plop down $80 on a season of Seinfeld. One disk... and I would feel like I was being jipped.
quote: Faster read: Who cares? I am watching a movie! What is this going to do? Save me 3 seconds while the movie goes from "menu mode" to "play mode"??
Not to mention, reading of disks almost ALWAYS increases with disk formats. I remember that 2X CD-ROM for the PC we got... it cost $300... That was something else... 6 months to a year later... 4x was out... then 8x... then 12x... 20x... 36x... 48x... 52x...
You get the idea.
quote: I do not like Blu-Ray due to the fact that it is a format, set to go against standards, that is doomed to fail. (BetaMax, Minidisk, MemoryDisk)
Had Blu-Ray been the format the consortium voted on, my argument more than likely would have been the other direction.
quote: Refute this:
Greater potential capacity: FACT
Faster read: FACT