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Sony set to launch wireless Blu-ray standalone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Mar 2009 23:40 User comments (7)

Sony set to launch wireless Blu-ray standalone Sony has announced the launch of its first ever wireless Blu-ray standalone player, dubbed the BDP-S560, slated for a May release with a $350 USD price tag.
The BDP-S560, along with the upcoming entry-level BDP-S360, are BD-Live capable however the cheaper S360 will require a wired connection.

Each device will also include two external USB ports allowing for media playback off a USB flash drive.

“The demands of today’s home theater go beyond pristine picture quality, and our new Blu-ray Disc product line offers a breadth of technologies that deliver an amazing entertainment experience,” added Chris Fawcett, VP of marketing for Sony Electronics’ home product division. “Consumers don’t want a living room cluttered with wires, and the new Blu-ray Disc product lineup breaks down the wireless barriers of the past.”

Samsung first unveiled a wireless BD player at the CES event in January but there is still no word on a street date for that model.

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7 user comments

19.3.2009 9:54

'Wirelss' ;)

This is great for people who want to take advantage of BD-Live, and even better for better who are seeking S350's and S550's, price drops!

29.3.2009 12:26

This is in no way a fanboy comment, but shouldn't people who are potential customers of this product just buy a PS3 instead?

39.3.2009 13:20

Originally posted by ooZEROoo:
This is in no way a fanboy comment, but shouldn't people who are potential customers of this product just buy a PS3 instead?
Good point. However, with an MSRP of $350 you should expect this to have a street price of about $299. If the PS3 doesn't get a price cut this year then that could steer people away from it and toward the S560.

In addition, this model will most likely come with 7.1 analog outputs (like the S550). This is a feature lacking in the PS3 which could be important to those with older, non-HDMI receivers.

The feature that interests me is the addition of media playback on USB external drives. The PS3 still doesn't support NTFS (AFAIK) so if these new models will do NTFS then that's another advantage.

49.3.2009 18:42
RusSnajp
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"consumers don't want living room clutered with wires"

Because they are lazy

And they don't even know how risky is the radiation from wireless devices , yet the transmitting signal alone.

510.3.2009 12:32

Originally posted by RusSnajp:
"consumers don't want living room clutered with wires"

Because they are lazy

And they don't even know how risky is the radiation from wireless devices , yet the transmitting signal alone.
No - clutter is ugly and an eyesore. Why would they be lazy? Do you think that people should hold the wires in their hand while they watch their media? Well, if that's the case, I'm uber lazy.

615.3.2009 23:53
zorb43
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Quote:
Originally posted by RusSnajp:
"consumers don't want living room clutered with wires"

Because they are lazy

And they don't even know how risky is the radiation from wireless devices , yet the transmitting signal alone.
No - clutter is ugly and an eyesore. Why would they be lazy? Do you think that people should hold the wires in their hand while they watch their media? Well, if that's the case, I'm uber lazy.
Wires can be dangerous because people can trip over them and they may cause a fire if overloaded. Radiation may be even more dangerous because there is enough evidence that the radiation it emits may cause Brain Damage, stroke or perhaps even malignancies somewhere in the body .... People are indeed lazy when it comes to cleaning the dust away from the wires which can build up and cause a fire !

716.3.2009 20:52
rick5446
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What format will be available off the USB ? Will it play MKV, DivX, Most of which R just under 2gig 4 decent Video & Sound

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