Connecting to Content
About 30 million discs have been sold so far, 8 million in December 2008 alone (2007 only experienced BD disc sales of about six million—which shows you what a format war can do). BD Live (Profile 2.0) was nearly the rule in new players. Only a few of the new products will be stuck in the pre-BD Live world.
New players came from all the expected brands (Samsung, Sony, LG, Pioneer, Panasonic) plus a few others like Vizio, which showed the very-well equipped $199 VBR100, and JVC showed it’s first player, the VX-BP1. Pioneer, which previously only offered top-market players, came out with the $250 BDP-120. Samsung showed the first wall-mountable player, the BD-P4600, which looks nothing like a disc player at all, and also can connect wirelessly for BD Live access plus some online content streaming.
Several of the new BD players are following LG’s lead by including Netflix Watch Instantly built in. LG added to that by including CinemaNow on new players. Samsung raised it up a notch by including Pandora on that wall-mountable model. Panasonic didn’t offer any additional online features to its players, but it was the only company to show a portable BD player, bringing the format a step closer to being able to replace DVD. No in-car Blu-ray players were shown though. And no home recorders, though several companies offer them overseas.