Panasonic Adds Skype to Blu-ray Players1 Mar, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Panasonic March 1 said it is adding functionality to its new Blu-ray Disc players that allow users to more easily make Internet-based voice and video calls via the Skype platform.
The new high-definition players — DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 — feature 2D to 3D up-conversion, use less energy and proclaim improved color resolution. 3D content must be played on a 3D-enabled HDTV and incorporating compatible eyewear.
In addition to Skype, the updated Panasonic BD players also feature apps for Netflix streaming, Amazon VOD, CinemaNow, Vudu, YouTube, Twitter, Pandora, Picassa Web album and Bloomberg.
Panasonic also is offering a new 2D model, the DMP-BD75. All units, with the exception of the BDT310 (available in May) are in stores now.
The players feature a specific Skype button on the remote control, which includes a standby mode, personalized ring tones, answering message and SD voicemail, which automatically records messages left onto an SD card. The models are DLNA-certified, allowing users to access content on the Blu-ray player from a computer or other DLNA-compatible device.
Using Skype requires the separate purchase of a $99 video camera that attaches to the Blu-ray player.
“Features such as the touch-less sensor, home-screen customization and Skype allow consumers to easily personalize their entertainment experience to fit their lifestyle,” said Richard Simone, director of Panasonic’s entertainment group.