LAS VEGAS--Panasonic is refreshing its line of 3D Blu-ray players in 2011, offering updates such 2D-to-3D conversion and more streaming services to its VieraCast online content portal. Details were scarce on all the new models, but here's the preliminary breakdown:
Key features of the Panasonic DMP-BDT110:
- Wi-Fi-ready (requires USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
- 2D-to-3D conversion video processing
- Skype compatible (requires purchase of additional camera)
- DLNA compatible
- VieraCast suite of streaming media services (Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, Napster, CinemaNow)
- Can be controlled by iPhone app
- Available spring 2011
Key step-up features of the Panasonic DMP-BDT210:
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Touch-free sensor to open and close the disc tray
Key step-up features of the Panasonic DMP-BDT310:
- Dual HDMI outputs
Unfortunately a lot of the specifics are still unknown. As of now, it's unclear whether Panasonic's Blu-ray players will get access to the new Viera Connect app store announced at the company's press conference. The release also mentions that the players will have "access to popular sports sites NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS2", but doesn't specifically say if they'll feature those leagues' streaming video services.
Similarly, although the touch-free sensor looked slick during Panasonic's press conference, there weren't any working demos on the show floor to try out the feature. We'll be looking for more information on these players as spring approaches so we have a better idea of what Panasonic's line is offering.