Sony Announces Interactive Blu-ray Players
These two new models each feature an Ethernet port for goodies such as BonusView and BD-Live.
Sony BDP-S350 and BDP-S550
The BDP-S350 (top) will be out this summer, the BDP-S550 (bottom) is coming this fall.
February 26, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Sony is reinforcing the Blu-ray brand with two new players that will unleash all kinds of interactive goodies such as BonusView and BD-Live.

Both the BDP-S350 and the BDP-S550 support BonusView, which is a picture-in-picture feature that has been popping up on some of the newer Blu-ray movie titles. The BDP-S350 is BD-Live-ready, with an Ethernet port for firmware updates and access to web-based interactive content. The BSP-S550 will be BonusView- and BD-Live capable when it ships.

Each player also has an external port so that users can add local storage; the BDP-S550 comes with a 1GB storage device.

Other highlights include 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output, 1080p upscaling via HDMI, 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus decoding and bit-stream output, and dts-HD High Resolution Audio and Master Audio bit-stream output. The BDP-S550 also adds in dts-HD High Resolution Audio and dts-HD Master Audio decoding as well as 7.1 channel analog audio output. Also expect support for a slew of video formats, as well as AVCHD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology.

Both of the new models also feature fancy new slim designs—an easy add to your overcrowded A/V cabinet.

The BDP-S350 will be available this summer for $400. The BDP-S550 is coming in the fall for an extra $100.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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