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
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 audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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