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Mitsubishi launches first in-car Blu-ray player

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Feb 2009 21:17 User comments (12)

Mitsubishi launches first in-car Blu-ray player Mitsubishi has announced that it has developed the world's first in-car Blu-ray player.
At 50 x 178 x 180mm, the company says the player is only 1/3 the volume of its home standalone BD player.

The player will support BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE and the company plans to commercialize it at some point in 2009.

Tech-On adds that "there are two main factors that contributed to the small size. First, Mitsubishi Electric increased the board density by 1.5 times. Second, the company reduced the thickness of mechanical parts while improving the anti-vibration performance of the equipment.

Specifically, the level of disc runout was reduced to 1/5 that of the company's existing products. By reviewing the mechanical design with the use of a vibration analysis technology, the company made the improvements without adding a damper."

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12 user comments

117.2.2009 0:49

Its a shame the music industry glazed over the potential of DVD audio, hopefully BR will be a true advancement in audio as much as video.

But with flash drives so big and so cheap it might just be undermined....

BTW dose BR autio have better seeking options than most MP3 dvd players?
I mean 2-32X FF and reverse dose not make a 9 hour pod cast easy to listen to.

217.2.2009 9:51
symonds88
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Very nice.

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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 17 Feb 2009 @ 16:25

317.2.2009 13:43

...maybe it's for the new limo's... :)

417.2.2009 20:42

I thought that any sort of movie player in a car was a little played out by now... Maybe not. But what will happen when our economy is going down the tubes?

517.2.2009 22:05

Whenever I go on long drives to somewhere, usually to Myrtle Beach every August (from southern Ontario) I set up the in-car DVD player (2 screens) to watch a couple movies to pass the time. A Blu-Ray player would be cool but I wonder what it would cost lol

618.2.2009 4:23

I simply cannot understand the logic of putting a DVD (or Blu-ray) player in your car. People are already talking on the phone while driving, now we need them watching TV?

Consumer Reports conducted a study that showed talking on your cell phone while driving is every bit as dangerous as Driving Under the Influence. Using a hands-free device greatly reduces the danger. Don't even get me started on the text-messaging people.

Most all of us grew up without TVs in our cars, and though it could be argued that a TV in the back seat for the kids can keep them occupied on long road trips, I think they miss out on a lot of the scenery (cows, horses, etc) that they SHOULD be experiencing.


Walt D in LV

718.2.2009 12:37

Originally posted by WaltCD:
I simply cannot understand the logic of putting a DVD (or Blu-ray) player in your car. People are already talking on the phone while driving, now we need them watching TV?

Consumer Reports conducted a study that showed talking on your cell phone while driving is every bit as dangerous as Driving Under the Influence. Using a hands-free device greatly reduces the danger. Don't even get me started on the text-messaging people.

Most all of us grew up without TVs in our cars, and though it could be argued that a TV in the back seat for the kids can keep them occupied on long road trips, I think they miss out on a lot of the scenery (cows, horses, etc) that they SHOULD be experiencing.


Walt D in LV
Most indash DVD players are programmed to not work while the car is in motion or the handbrake is down. Most people input "secret factory" codes into the unit in order to allow it to play with the handbrake down. Naturaly this doesnt apply to screens in the back seats.

Yes we did not have tv screens in the back of our seats as kids but at the same time we also wasn't given cell phones at the age of freakin 10 or 11! Just one of those things you have to be disgusted with but just watch as time goes by. Any way if you crash while watching TV you deserve it and I hope the people you hit live to sue your ass.

I REALY dont see the point of Blu-Ray in a car, think about it logicaly, what would be the difference in quality over a DVD? its not like it will be displayed on a 42" screen! its going to be on a small ass 7" or so screen. Who the hell is going to notice the difference in quality? Until Blu-Ray is standardised in homes this is pointless.

819.2.2009 1:16

In all seriousness, how big is the screen you're gonna put in your car? All of 7 or 8 inches for a headrest or indash monitor, maybe 12"-15" for a flipdown. Is HD REALLY necessary on that small of a screen? I'm pretty sure NO ONE has any problem seeing a clear picture on the current screens watching from DVD.

95.3.2009 16:32

WHY???

106.3.2009 6:25

Originally posted by BUDDD:
WHY???
I can think of a couple of reasons.

1. I know of some people who have totally abandoned DVD altogether. All their new releases are on BluRay. If they want to play these titles in their car then they'll need this player. A regular DVD player won't do.

2. Believe it or not some people are already backing up their BluRay discs. See here:

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/639346
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/733781

If they want to play their backups in their car then they'll also need this player wont they? Even if the backups are in AVCHD format on DVD+R or -R they will still need this player. A regular DVD player won't recognize these backups.

3. BluRay players are backward compatible with SD DVD's so you can still play your older titles or backups on regular DVD's.

117.3.2009 15:37

Anyone that can tell the difference between DVD and Bluray in the car (and especially on such a tiny screen) should maybe be concentrating on those little white lines in the middle of the road instead.

Snippet from the UK Driving Test ~

Quote:
Eyesight requirements for the practical driving test

Before the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to calculate the Video Bitrate on a Bluray disc.

The distance requirement for the old-style 7" video screen is 20.5 metres. The distance requirement for the eyesight test with the new-style video screen is 20 metres. New-style screens were introduced on 1 September, 2001 and are easily identifiable because they start with two letters ie AB51 ABC.

If you can't turn on English Subtitles or have difficulty reading, you may copy down what you see. If your answer is incorrect, your examiner will measure the exact distance and repeat the test.

If you can calculate the Video Bitrate correctly you will be allowed to proceed with your driving test


What happens if I can not calculate the Video Bitrate?
If you are unsuccessful on the first eyesight test, you should be asked to watch another Bluray disc, and if necessary be allowed to walk forward until you are just over 20.5m away or 20m if it is a new disc.




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1213.7.2010 9:59
Jacob Broësene
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i would love something like this in my car. the quality would be untouchable.

first question: would it connect by hdmi? if so, could i use an hdmi monitor from www.carcomputer.co.uk? the 10.1" hdmi screens seem suitable.

second question: where can i buy this bluray player?!

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