The work done inside Panasonic's video research lab is displayed in their latest Blu-ray player and wireless home theater system.
DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player
SC-BT100 Wireless Home Theater System
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DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player

Being familiar with the previous ’30 1080p model, we sneak a look at the back to find something that you can’t add through a software upgrade: an Ethernet port for accessing the Internet. That pretty much screams out that BD-Live is active on this player, and now it’s up to the studios to fill their servers with content that can be downloaded and viewed in conjunction with their titles (not that studios are rushing since there’s far too many early adopters with BD players already out there that can’t access this feature). Panny also eliminates the issue of storage space to hold this content; unlike other players, the small amount of built-in memory can be supplemented through an SD memory card, as the ’50 uses this to display still photos and play camcorder AVCHD high-definition videos. And of course having Ethernet also future-proofs the ’50 since updates can be funneled from online. The player also decodes the new high-definition audio formats of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The audio can be sent directly for decoding by a compatible amplifier for true 7.1 channels surround.

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