Today Samsung sent us some information about their new 2nd generation blu-ray player Samsung BD-P1200. The new slimmer player will be out in March for $799. More information and pictures inside.
Full press release from Samsung
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS BREAKS NEW GROUND IN BLU-RAY TECHNOLOGY
LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2007 – Samsung Electronics, a market leader in consumer electronics, today unveiled its second-generation Blu-ray player for the home entertainment industry. Samsung expects that the BD-P1200 player will help the company stay a step ahead of the cutting-edge optical media industry, after introducing the first Blu-ray DiscTM (BD) player (model: BD-P1000) to the U.S. market in June 2006.
With the launch of the BD-P1000 Blu-ray player, Samsung was first to offer full high-definition 1080p DVD resolution and clarity to consumers. Now, the next-generation BD-P1200 player will enhance consumers experiences so that they can enjoy the best video and audio quality available in an HD disc player.
One of the BD-P1200 player’s key new features is its Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processor, which is a powerful unit similar to those used by Hollywood production studios. With its HQV processor, the BD-P1200 player offers true 1080i to 1080p HD de-interlacing, so it can deliver the best HD images possible even from non-Blu-ray formats. The player’s HDMI connection helps boost the sound quality (via 7.1-channel Dolby Digital Plus) and color. This HDMI connection also offers Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) technology, which enables a single remote control unit to operate the BD player, TV and other A/V products from Samsung. With the BD-P1200 model’s HDMI connections, consumers will get superior audio/video quality, with incredible ease and convenience of use.
Samsung and some of the world’s other leading electronics makers have teamed up to develop Blu-ray technology as the next-generation format for multimedia entertainment. Blu-ray discs can store five-to ten-times more data than a conventional DVD, so the viewer can watch their favorite movies and TV shows in high definition, instead of the standard definition of existing DVD formats.
Samsung has advanced Blu-ray technology through its in-house manufacturing of such core components as the player’s laser pickup, deck, and chipsets. Samsung already offers a Blu-ray recorder that features the company’s proprietary dual-lens pickup (one pickup with two lenses that allows backward capability, to play standard DVDs and CDs in addition to Blu-ray discs).
Coming to a Home Near You: Next-Generation BD-P1200 Disc Player
Samsung brings consumers a complete home entertainment experience with the new BD-P1200. The unit will play multimedia content in a variety of different formats including 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions. In addition, the BD-P1200 model supports the 192KHz LPCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, MPEG 2, DTS and MP3 formats for complete versatility in entertainment. The Easy Top Menu allows consumers to change the font and color of subtitles and menu titles according to their tastes, as well as the background color and menu graphics. The BD-P1200 model also has backward compatibility, making it simple to manage and play consumers media collections.
DVD vs. Blu-ray
DVD: Disc capacity Single-layer: 4.7GB Dual-layer: 8.5GB
Blu-ray: Single-layer: 25GB, Dual-layer: 50GB
DVD Compression: MPEG 2
Blu-ray Compression: MPEG 2/VC-1/H.264
DVD Data transfer rate: Up to 10.08 Mbps
Blu-ray Data transfer rate: Up to 50 Mbps
DVD Recording time SD: up to 2 hr. (4.7GB)
Blu-ray Recording time SD: HD: up to 2 hr. (25GB)
DVD Max. resolution: SD (720 x 480)
Blu-ray Max. resolution: HD (1,920 x 1080)
DVD Output: 480p, 480i
Blu-ray Output: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
BD-P1200, Blu-ray Disc Player
Today’s high-definition televisions (HDTV) are capable of displaying a far greater amount of movie realism than a standard DVD can deliver. That’s why Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology was developed. Consumers will marvel at the clarity and full-color spectrum of every scene, while multi-channel sound puts users in the center of the action. The Samsung Blu-ray player gives viewers full 1080p native output and up-conversion for their current collection of DVDs to near-HD quality. This player also offers backwards compatibility to current CD playback, so consumers can prepare to take the next step in DVD technology with Samsung.