Feeds

Blu-ray Disc players: Sony adds Wi-Fi...

...while Samsung throws in YouTube and MKV support

SANS - Survey on application security programs

IFA Samsung is to add YouTube video viewing to its Blu-ray Disc player line. Sony, on the other hand, is adding Wi-Fi to its new players.

At the IFA show in Berlin today, Samsung showed off players running the new service, which goes live today and is accessible from Samsung players connected to the internet.

Samsung said "all new" players will benefit from the new feature. A firmware update will be required for older models, and it will be posted shortly.

The update also adds support for playing back MKV files. Samsung Blu-ray Home Cinema Systems will get the firmware tweak in Q4.

Sony's two new players, the BDP-S560 and BDP-S760, both incorporate Wi-Fi pick-ups for their network connectivity. Traditionally, BD players have featured Ethernet ports for networking - not always the most convenient form of network connectivity for the home. Some BD players have come bundled with USB Wi-Fi adaptors.

Sony BDP-S760

Sony's BDP-S760: Wi-Fi networking built in

Sony's players use 802.11n and incorporate DLNA support to let them play a range of content from servers plugged in to your wireless LAN.

The BS-S760 comes equipped with what Sony called an "HD Reality Enhancer", which "smooths the image tone and reduces picture noise to create a highly realistic display". Sony's Super Bit Mapping technology, originally developed for audio but here extended to video, "ensures incredibly natural colour reproduction", Sony promised.

The machine also mixes down multi-channel sound into a stereo signal that's pumped out through its headphone socket.

Sony BDP-S560

The BDP-S560: DLNA support on board too

Both players use Sony's PlayStation 3-derived XMB user interface and offer 1080p output through HDMI - they'll upscale your DVDs too.

There's no word yet on pricing or availability for the Sony players. ®

IFA 2009: Complete Coverage

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.