Sony Sneak Peek II: 2010 Blu-ray Players

Two of Sony’s 2010 Blu-ray players will be 3D-capable.

The BDP-S570 (left) and BDP-S770 will play 3D Blu-ray movies on 3D-enabled TVs, using specialist Active Shutter glasses, while the third new model, the BDP-S370, is being pitched as a multimedia hub that will play formats from a variety of sources, including Bravia Internet Video.

Sony’s press release says all three will be able to access “a whole world of free, on-demand videos to explore from IPTV channels and video sharing websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion and many more …  and stream full-screen content direct to your TV.”

The Wi-Fi capable S570 and S770 will connect to the Internet without cables while an optional Sony USB Wi-Fi dongle will do the same for the S370.

Sony claims its “IP content Noise Reduction” feature will optimise picture quality when streaming full-screen Internet video, its “Entertainment Database Browser” will be powered by Gracenote technology, and a free download from the App Store will turn iPhones and iPod Touches into Sony Blu-ray remote controls.

The S570 will be DLNA-enabled with a front USB port so it can ‘talk’ to other DLNA enabled devices, such as a phone, laptop or music player, and play back stored content on your TV wherever it is in the house.

An external hard drive or USB device also can be plugged into the front USB port to enjoy a wider range of file types, including DivX HD and MKV formats.

Sony’s new Blu-ray players also will boast a Monolithic design to complement that of the 2010 Bravia TV range; pricing and release dates of the 3D-capable models have still to be announced while the S370 will go on sale from May 1.

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