BD-MV has three distinct profiles associated with it. Different profiles support different features and require different hardware. The reason for multiple profiles was the lack of a finished specification at the time the first players were designed. Since hardware requirements for more advanced BD-MV profiles build on the requirements for earlier profiles, some first and second generation players may be capable of being upgraded to support the final BD-MV Profile.
Profile 2.0 is the highest profile in the Blu-ray specifications increases internal storage to no less than 1GB and adds an internet connection for downloading content in conjunction with BD-MV programming.
Profile 2.0 is also known as BD-Live and there are currently only a few players available that have the specification. Many are announced but have not hit stores yet. Those include the Sony BDP-S550, the Sony PlayStation 3, Pioneer BDP-LX91, Samsung BD-P2500, Panasonic DMP-BD50, and Sharp BD-HP50U.
BD-Live in the News
Sony set to introduce Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players (26 February 2008)- Sony has announced that its first Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players will be debuting this summer.
Profile 2.0 support coming to PlayStation 3 (20 March 2008)- The upcoming PlayStation 3 Firmware update will make the console the first Blu-Ray Profile 2.0 capable player, among other updates.
Panasonic to deliver cheaper, slimmer BD-Live enabled Blu-ray players (22 May 2008)- Panasonic has announced they have developed the world's first single-chip processor that can handle all of Blu-ray's latest Profile 2.0 standards.