JVC has announced its first Blu-ray player for the States, a low-profile unit that offers BD Live compatibility and the AVCHD HD camcorder format playback.

The new JVC XV-BP1 is a Profile 2.0 player offering BD-Live compatibility when used with USB memory.

Connections include HDMI ver.1.3 with Deep Color and x.v.Color, USB Host, LAN for BD Live, component and composite video outputs, analogue, optical and coaxial audio outputs.

In addition to AVCHD, other playable formats are JPEG, MP3, WMA, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS and DTS HD with the playable disc list as follows: BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, BD/DVD Hybrid, DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Audio CD and CD-R/RW.

The JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray player is due to be available in the US in March, for $300.