Bonus View archive

  • Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray player announced for Europe
    Home Cinema

    Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray player announced for Europe

    By 20 April 2009

    Sony has announced the "entry level" BDP-S360 Blu-ray player for the European market - although we're still waiting to hear UK pricing and availability. Offering 1080p picture quality, and 24p "true cinema", the S360 provides full 7.1 surround sound via...

  • Samsung BD-P4600 wall-mountable Blu-ray priced for UK
    Home Cinema

    Samsung BD-P4600 wall-mountable Blu-ray priced for UK

    By 6 April 2009

    Samsung has announced the UK pricing for two new Blu-ray players, the top-of-the-range BD-P4600 and the BD-P1600. We brought you news of the BD-P4600 from the CES show in January. It's notable for being the world's slimmest and first wall-mountable Blu-ray...

  • Sony launches three Bravia home theatre systems
    Home Cinema

    Sony launches three Bravia home theatre systems

    By 17 December 2008

    Sony has launched three new Bravia home theatre systems in the UK. The HTP-BD3iS combines the BDP-S350 Blu-ray player with a 5.1 channel surround sound system, the BDV-FS350 also bundles the BDP-S350 but offers 2.1 sound while the RHT-G500 is one of Sony's...

  • Sharp BD-HP21H Blu-ray launches
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    Sharp BD-HP21H Blu-ray launches

    By 27 November 2008

    Sharp has announced that its new BD-HP21H Blu-ray disc player is now available in the UK. With a Profile 1.1 - Bonus View functionality - users can enjoy the picture in picture and simultaneous play functions, but it should be noted that the player does...

  • Denon launches DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player in the UK
    Home Cinema

    Denon launches DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player in the UK

    By 11 November 2008

    Denon has announced the UK launch of its DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player, describing the device as "entry level" offering an "extremely attractive price point". The player boasts modest specs including Blu-ray Profile 1.1, or "Bonus View" but not the all-singing...

  • Home Cinema

    Sony BDP-350 and BDP-550 Blu-ray players launch in UK

    By 1 August 2008

    Sony has announced the launch of its BDP-S350 and S550 Blu-ray players in the UK. With a 6-second start up time, the BDP-S350 offers 24p True Cinema, Bonus View, Sony's Precision Cinema HD Upscale, Precision Drive HD and BD-Live. The BD-Live functionality...

  • Pioneer launches four Blu-ray players in the UK
    Home Cinema

    Pioneer launches four Blu-ray players in the UK

    By 27 June 2008

    Pioneer has announced its new line-up of four new Blu-ray disc players for the UK market, but only one will boast full, future-proof, Blu-ray spec including the interactive BD-Live functionality. In total four Blu-ray disc players will be introduced the...

  • Panasonic PZ81 to form centre of HD home
    Home Cinema

    Panasonic PZ81 to form centre of HD home

    By 10 June 2008

    Today Panasonic outlined its vision of what it is calling the "Digital Hearth", and no, it isn’t a fireplace. Panasonic see their new Viera PZ81 as the centrepiece of your HD home cinema setting, backed up by the DMP-BD50, Panasonic's third-gen Blu-ray...

  • Denon launches affordable DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player
    Home Cinema

    Denon launches affordable DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player

    By 21 May 2008

    Denon has announced a new Blu-ray player in the States, the DVD-1800BD at an "affordable" price point. With the price set at $749, the player boasts modest specs including Blu-ray Profile 1.1, or "Bonus View" but not the all-singing BD-Live features that...

  • Wal-Mart to sell $300 Blu-ray players
    Home Cinema

    Wal-Mart to sell $300 Blu-ray players

    By 19 May 2008

    American retail giant Wal-Mart is to start selling Blu-ray players for under $300. Marking the cheapest starting price point yet for players in the format, even cheaper than the PS3 which sells for $399 in the States, the hardware on offer will be a Funai...

  • Pioneer launches Bonus View Blu-ray players
    Home Cinema

    Pioneer launches Bonus View Blu-ray players

    By 7 May 2008

    Pioneer has announced the Elite BDP-05FD and Pioneer BDP-51FD BonusView Blu-ray Disc players in the States. Featuring picture-in-picture interactivity and a redesigned platform that claims to significantly improves overall performance, both players support...

  • Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray launched
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    Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray launched

    By 7 May 2008

    We brought you brief news of the Panasonic DMP-BD50, Panasonic's third gen Blu-ray disc player, from the CES show in January, but the device has now had a full US launch. Offering 1080p image quality, lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio with...

  • Philips sets launch date for Blu-ray in the UK
    Home Cinema

    Philips sets launch date for Blu-ray in the UK

    By 20 March 2008

    Philips has confirmed the launch timescale for its new Blu-ray player in the UK, Pocket-lint has learned. However Blu-ray fans looking to go Blu with Philips will have to wait another 7 months 'til October to get their hands on the yet-to-be-launched...

  • PS3 firmware update 2.20 brings BD-Live
    Gaming

    PS3 firmware update 2.20 brings BD-Live

    By 20 March 2008

    Sony has announced that system software update v.2.20, for PlayStation 3, planned for release in late March, will add Blu-ray disc "Profile 2.0", that they are also calling BD-Live. This follows update 2.10's addition of the Bonus View Blu-ray profile...

  • Sony launches two "Bonus View" Blu-ray players
    Home Cinema

    Sony launches two "Bonus View" Blu-ray players

    By 26 February 2008

    Sony has updated its standalone Blu-ray offerings in the States with the launch of two new models that will be capable of accessing advanced interactive features such as Bonus View and BD-Live. The BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 models both support Bonus View...

  • Panasonic launches DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player
    Home Cinema

    Panasonic launches DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player

    By 26 February 2008

    Launched in the States last Autumn, Panasonic's DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player is getting an introduction into the UK. Offering 1920 x 1080 image resolution and high-quality surround sound from advanced formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, the BD30 offers...

  • Blu-ray: "We needed to create momentum"
    Home Cinema

    Blu-ray: "We needed to create momentum"

    By 17 January 2008

    The Blu-ray Disc Association has said that the reason customers who adopted Blu-ray when it was first released won't be rewarded for supporting the high-def format in the early stages was because it needed to "create momentum". Frank Simonis of Philips...

  • 2007: A year in review, November
    Phones

    2007: A year in review, November

    By 31 December 2007

    November started with the expected rush of products for Christmas. Panasonic launched the DMP-BD30, its "next generation" High Definition 1080p Blu-ray Disc player - the first with "Bonus View" features (advanced features to rival HD DVD). The new Panasonic...

  • PS3 firmware update sees Blu-ray Bonus View, DivX added
    Gaming

    PS3 firmware update sees Blu-ray Bonus View, DivX added

    By 18 December 2007

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced the immediate availability of the latest system software update for PS3. Version 2.10 will improve the home ent side of things by enabling the console to play the latest interactive Blu-ray disc movies,...

  • PS3 to get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 update
    Gaming

    PS3 to get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 update

    By 10 December 2007

    Sony will issue an update for the PlayStation 3 this month that will update the Blu-ray side of things to Profile 1.1. This "Final Standard Profile" that the Blu-ray Disc Association has recently stated will now be branded "Bonus View" enables advanced...

  • Panasonic launches DMP-BD30 "next-gen" Blu-ray player
    Home Cinema

    Panasonic launches DMP-BD30 "next-gen" Blu-ray player

    By 1 November 2007

    Panasonic has announced the introduction of the DMP-BD30, the "next generation" High Definition 1080p Blu-ray Disc player. The DMP-BD30 is the first Blu-ray player to be introduced with what Panasonic are calling "Final Standard Profile", although the...