Panasonic today announced the availability of the DMP-B15, the world’s first portable Blu-Ray player.
The B15 ships with an 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD screen and includes Panasonic’s VIERA CAST Internet accessibility and BD Live functionality, as well as a SD Memory Card slot. The B15 has an SRP of $799.95. A little pricey for my taste but if you travel a lot and have been building your Blu-Ray collection, this might work out well for you. Especially once other companies start shipping competitive units.
“As a pioneer in the development of DVD and Blu-ray expertise, Panasonic has always been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge, consumer friendly technology. Panasonic was the first company to bring to market a portable DVD player and stand- alone Blu-ray players to feature Bonus View and BD Live; and with the B15 we continue that tradition of being first to market with unique technology,” said Richard Simone, Director, Entertainment Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The B15 is a unique and versatile High Definition player that gives the consumer the ultimate entertainment experience, whether traveling or in the home as either an additional Blu-ray player or the primary source for 1080p viewing. Because it also features the VIERA CAST functionality, the B15 can transform any TV into an IPTV with the capability to access select web sites. At a time when many families own multiple TVs, the B15 provides a number of entertainment options, giving them the ability to enjoy HD video in any room where there is an HDTV.”
This is one area where Blu-Ray has lagged behind DVD: portability. It’ll be interesting to see if the format picks up even more steam with portable players available. Maybe 2009 could be the year that Blu-Ray sales out pace DVD? Only time will tell!