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Sony's first Blu-ray Disc Player is now on pre-order

Sony Electronics, one of the major players in the development of high capacity Blu-ray media, will be releasing its first set-top Blu-ray disc player: the BDP-S1. The BDP-S1 will have the ability to play Blu-ray discs and has backwards compatibility with current DVD media. Take a look at Sony's specifications below:

Features
  • Full HD 1080p Video Output through HDMI connection
  • DVD Upscaling to 1080p Through HDMI
  • Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM Output
  • Build Quality with Rigid Beam Construction
  • BD-Java Interactive Capability
Output Connections
  • HDMI: 1 (rear)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr): 1 (rear)
  • S-Video: 1 (rear)
  • Composite Audio Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Optical Audio Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Coaxial Audio Digital Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Analog Audio Output(s): 5.1 ch; 1 (Rear)
  • Analog Audio Output(s): 2 ch; 1 (Rear)
The BDP-S1 is now on pre-order at SonyStyle.com for the retail price of $999.95. Amazon.com also has the unit on pre-order, but has not yet set a price for customers. As with all first generation models, the price is usually set at the ceiling and we should see a drop within the next few months as various other manufacturers begin shipping their own Blu-ray disc players.

One of the major applications for the Blu-ray format is the long awaited PlayStation 3 gaming console also being developed by Sony which has been officially delayed until November of this year.

The Blu-ray disc is one of two competing standards at the moment which is capable of storing 25GB-50GB per disc paving the way for high definition content to be viewed in the living room. HD-DVD is the competing standard which can hold between 15GB-30GB with 1-2 layers while a 3rd layer can support another 15GB taking the total capacity to 45GB. Toshiba has been working on developing a triple-layer disc to give 50% more capacity.

Companies like LG are working on products which will ease the Blu-ray/HD-DVD pain for consumers by developing multi-format players. The BD199, announced earlier this month, is said to play both Blu-ray and HD-DVD media.




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