CES 2011: Sony Intros New 2011 Blu-ray Player Lineup

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Sony unleashed a horde of Blu-ray Disc players on the world at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), supporting all the latest in streaming internet services and playback of their very own SACD format.

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Models Offer Advanced Features IncludingInternet Video Streaming, Wi-Fi, Wireless Multi-room Audio, and Blu-ray3D Compatibility

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – (CES Booth #14200) — Sony this week introduced its new Blu-ray Disc Player line featuring access to onlineentertainment, Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, Blu-ray 3D playback, andcompatibility with Sony’s new HomeShare Network speakers for wirelessmulti-room audio streaming throughout the home.

The full HD1080p new Blu-ray Disc line includes four stand alone models (BDP-S780, BDP-S580, BDP-S480, and BDP-S380) and three integrated home theatersystems (BDV-E780W, BDV-E580, and BDV-E280), as well as a 5.1 channelhome theater audio system (HT-SS380).  All of the models play back DVD,CD and SACD discs in addition to Blu-ray Discs.

The company also introduced its first portable Blu-ray Disc player, BDP-SX1000, which features a 10.1-inch WSVGA screen.

When connectedto a broadband Internet network, all models offer access to over 40 freeand premium movies, video, and music services through the BRAVIAInternet Video platform including Sony’s Video On Demand and MusicUnlimited powered by Qriocity™, as well as Netflix™, Pandora®,HuluPlus™, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube™, Slacker® Internet Radio,Crackle and Blip.tv.

The Sony BDP-S780 Blu-ray Disc Player

Video On Demand powered by Qriocity is a premium video streaming service with instant access to Hollywoodblockbusters, and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity is a cloud-based,streaming music service which gives music lovers access at anytime to aconstantly expanding catalog of over six million global music tracksfrom major labels.

“Leveraging ourstrengths in hardware and content, only Sony can bring consumersdevices that deliver the very best of entertainment,” said Brian Siegel,vice president of Sony Electronics’ home audio and video business. ”Our new Blu-ray Disc devices not only playback high-quality 1080p 2Dand 3D content from Blu-ray, but they offer access to the widest arrayof online video and audio entertainment from across the Internet.”

The line isalso compatible with Sony’s new HomeShare wireless audio products suchas the new SA-NS400 Wi-Fi network speaker allowing users to easilystream audio from the devices through the home wirelessly via Wi-Fi. With Sony’s unique PartyStreaming feature, you can share musicthroughout the home without wires and complicated set up.

Blu-ray Disc Players

Sony’s BDP-S780Blu-ray Disc player is Blu-ray 3D capable and compatible with DVDs,CDs, and SACDs.  The model features built in Wi-Fi wireless (802.11n)with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) as well as an Ethernet jack for easyaccess to BRAVIA Internet Video and BD-LIVE™.

Compatible withDigital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) devices, the model serves as aDLNA client and allows you to wirelessly share digital photos, music,and video media from your PC using your home network.  It also includes afront USB input for convenient access to photo, music, and videoplayback.  The model is also compatible with Sony’s new HomeShare Wi-FiNetwork Speakers.

The player alsohas Skype™ embedded.  When connecting a USB TV camera, purchasedseparately, users can enjoy free widescreen Skype-to-Skype video callswith friends and family from the comfort of their living rooms.

The model alsofeatures an Entertainment Database Browser, using Gracenote™technologies, that allows users to browse details like actor andproduction information from a Blu-ray disc and access related contentfound on BRAVIA Internet Video content.

Users with aniPhone®, iPod touch®, or Android™ mobile device can control Sony’sentire Blu-ray line-up using a free application that can be downloadedfrom the app stores.  The updated Sony “Media Remote” app allows themobile device to function as a remote control that includes the abilityto access a Blu-ray Disc’s details such as jacket artwork, actor, andproduction information as well as search for additional video clipsonline.  With an Android phone, consumers can also use the app tocontrol their Sony Blu-ray and BRAVIA products with their voice.  Theapp is also compatible with select new BRAVIA HDTVs announced today.

With the pressof a button, the BDP-S780 can up convert 2D content to simulate 3D andimproves standard definition and web video quality with Sony’s IPContent Noise Reduction technology and Precision Cinema HD Upscalingtechnologies.

It alsoincludes Super Bit Mapping, Smoothing, and Chroma Processingtechnologies which deliver smoother color gradation when connected viaHDMI.

Building onindustry leading fast load times, the model features an improved startup and disc loading performance.  When the quick start feature is turnedon, the start-up time is quicker and disc loading is faster thanprevious models.

The BDP-S780 will be available in April for about $250.

Also new toSony’s Blu-ray Disc player line is the BDP-S580 Blu-ray Disc playerfeaturing built in Wi-Fi (802.11n) with WPS.  Other features found onthis model include:

Rounding out the line, other new Blu-ray Disc players include:

BDP-S480 Blu-ray Disc Player

BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player

Blu-ray Disc Home Theater Systems

Sony’s newBlu-ray Disc home theater line feature three models that are Blu-ray 3Dcapable and all offer access to Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video andBD-LIVE™ technology.

The flagshipBDV-E780W is a full HD 1080p 5.1 channel 1000 watt Blu-ray Disc hometheater system that features built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n), wireless rearspeakers, 2-way front speakers that can deliver a wider audio sweet spotideal for family viewing and an improved subwoofer.

The model alsofeatures a universal remote, as well as the “Media Remote” control appavailable for iPhone/iPod touch and Android devices.

It includesSony’s Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote® technology toaccess disc cover art, actor, and production information, as well as IPContent Noise Reduction technology and Precision Cinema HD Upscaling toimprove standard definition and web video quality.

Serving as aDLNA client, the model is compatible with DLNA devices and includes afront USB input for photo, music, and video playback and is compatiblewith Sony’s new HomeShare Wi-Fi Network Speakers.

The model also comes with an iPhone/iPod dock and offers two HDMI inputs and will be available in May for about $600.

Other new Blu-ray Disc home theater systems include:

BDV-E580 Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System

Available in March for about $500

The BDV-E780W Blu-ray Home Theater System

BDV-E280 Blu-ray Disc Home Theater System

Available in April for about $400

Portable Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony’s newBDP-SX1000 is the company’s first portable Blu-ray Disc player.  The10.1-inch wide, WSVGA model plays back both Blu-ray and DVD discs, aswell as USB media.

It features180-degree swivel display, five hour battery life from the built-in,rechargeable battery and offers built-in speakers and a headphoneoutput.

The model will be available this spring for about $300.

Home Theater Audio System

Sony alsoannounced the HT-SS380 5.1 channel home theater audio system withBlu-ray Disc player matching design.  The 1000 watt model includes threeHDMI inputs and one output featuring an HDMI repeater (3 inputs/1output), stand-by pass through, 3D pass through, and audio returnchannel allowing the television to send audio signals back to the unitfor playback.

The models ship with an iPhone/iPod dock included for playback of audio, video, and photos.

The HT-SS380 will be available this spring for about $350.

All new Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems will be available at Sony Style stores, online at www.sonystyle.com, at military base exchanges, and at authorized retailers nationwide.

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