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Samsung to Bow BD Live Player

2 Sep, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Samsung Electronics in October will begin distributing the BD-P2500, the consumer electronics manufacturer’s first Blu-ray player with BD Live (Internet connectivity) included.

Unlike other Profile 1.1 and 2.0 players, including Samsung’s BD-P1500 and Sony’s BDP-S350 that require a firmware upgrade to achieve Internet connectivity or picture-in-picture capability, the $499 BD-P2500 is ready to go out of the box.

The player features Ethernet connectivity, USB port for outside data storage, 7.1 analog sound and 1GB internal flash memory.

“The BD-P2500 Blu-ray player represents the very best technology the industry has to offer,” said Reid Sullivan, VP of marketing at audio/visual and imaging at Samsung, in a statement. “Consumers will enjoy a truly immersive, full HD viewing experience that delivers the broad spectrum of high-definition sights and sounds that can now be experienced with the combination of Blu-ray and the latest HDTV.”

Sony reportedly will offer a BD Live-ready player (BDP-S550) for $500 at the end of the year.

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