Sony Bowing New Blu-ray Players26 Feb, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sony Corp. Feb. 26 said it will launch two new Blu-ray players this summer and fall that are Internet enabled and feature interactive options.
The players are Sony's first new BD players since Toshiba Corp. earlier this month pulled the plug on HD DVD, whose players already featured an Ethernet port and interactive (HDi) capability.
The BDP-S350 will retail for $400 and features Web-connectivity. A subsequent software upgrade reportedly will allow access to Internet content via BD-Live.
The BDP-S550 ($500) automatically includes BD-Live and is slated to ship this fall.
Both players also include USB port for external storage (1GB for the S550), picture-in-picture (PIP) technology and 1080p resolution, among other features.