With HD-DVD resting in peace, you can now safely buy a Blu-ray player. In fact, Sony has unveiled its newest addition to its line of Blu-ray players: the BDP-S350 and BDP-S550. Both players support Bonus View (picture-in-picture), BD-Live content, Ethernet port, 1080p standard DVD upscaling, and USB for additional storage expansion. Audio-wise, both players support 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus. That’s where the similarities end.
The S350 does not include built-in storage, so you’ll need to add your own (hence, why it includes USB support). The S550, on the other hand, includes 1GB of storage for BD-live. Both will need a firmware update to add the BD-Live functionality. The S550 also supports DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and 7.1 channel analog audio output.
Price is $400 and $500 USD for the BDP-350 and BDP-S550 respectively. The S350 is expected to be available around Summer, while the S550 around Fall 2008.
For those wondering, BD-Live allows a Blu-ray disc to access the Internet for additional content, e.g., new movie trailers and actor/actress info.
Via: PC World