January 07, 2010 by Grant Clauser
Sony introduced its first 3D-capable Blu-ray player, the BDP-S770, which features WiFi connectivity and instant streaming of online content.
iPhone or iPod touch users will be able to control the device, which is due out this summer, using a free app from the Apple App Store.
No pricing was announced, but Sony hopes to ship the BDP-S770 in the summer of 2010.
Until then, Sony is promising that all existing Playstation 3 consoles can be upgraded to 3D via a firmware download.
Sony didn’t make clear whether the 3D Blu-ray experience on upgraded PS3s will be any different from 3D on its forthcoming dedicated Blu-ray players, but details will follow.
Other features of the BDP-S770:
- Compatible with DVDs, CDs, and SACDs
- Ethernet jack
- Built-in Wi-Fi wireless (802.11) with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for access to Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video platform and BD-LIVE functionality
- IP Content Noise Reduction technology and Precision Cinema HD Upscaling
- Compatible with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) devices
The Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Platform allows streaming from 25-plus providers, including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Pandora, NPR and, of course, Sony Pictures and Sony Music.
Entertainment Database Browser, using Gracenote technologies, lets Blu-ray player users search for content using production information, like choosing an actor.
Sony BDP-S770 3D Blu-ray Player
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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