Panasonic Announces New 3D and 2D Blu-Ray Disc™Players

SECAUCUS, N.J., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray Disc™ format, today announced pricing and availability for an expanded 2012 Blu-ray Disc player lineup featuring four new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT220, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc players – DMP-BD87 and the DMP-BD77.
All four of the 3D models include Panasonic’s proprietary VIERA Connect™IPTV platform(1), while the 2D models feature IP VOD(1), a service that offers a targeted selection of sites including Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube™ on TV

Panasonic’s Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players (BBT01, BDT500, BDT320 and BDT 220) include an improved UniPhier chip processor, 24p output for VOD, an expanded VIERA Connect functionality, and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec),192Hz/32bit Audio DAC (not available on the DMP-BBT01), Smartphone remote control capability, a new touchpad remote control (available on DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320),  2D-to-3D up-conversion(2), which can convert 2D images from VIERA Connect(1),  DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D with natural depth perception, a new slim design and a unique slot-in drive that is found in two of the models (the DMP-BBT01 and DMP-BDT320). The slot-in drive allows the user to insert a disc without the need for a tray and prevents inadvertently loading a second disc. In addition, the DMP-BBT01 introduces a new design concept and a greatly reduced form factor featuring a stand and enables operation either vertically or horizontally.

The DMP-BDT220 (SRP $149.99) and the DMP-BDT320 (SRP $199.99) are the first of the Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players to ship and are now available.  Also now available are Panasonic’s two 2D Blu-ray Disc™ players — the DMP-BD87 (SRP $119.99) and the DMP-BD77 (SRP $89.99). Panasonic’s two top-of-the-line Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players; the DMP-BDT500 (SRP $349.99) and the DMP-BBT01 (SRP $269.99) will be available in May.

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