Panasonic rolls out new Blu-ray players, high-end models get Miracast

January 7, 2013 10:45 AM PST / Updated: January 7, 2013 12:46 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS--Panasonic (along with Sony) has been one of the the biggest Blu-ray supporters since the format's inception, and the company continues to heavily support the format even as its importance fades.

Panasonic unveiled four new Blu-ray models at CES 2013: two 3D models (DMP-BDT330 and DMP-BDT230) and two 2D models (DMP-BDT89 and DMP-BD79). All of the models save for the the DMP-BD79 include built-in Wi-Fi.

The 3D models include Panasonic full Viera Connect suite of streaming-media services, as well as 2D-3D conversion and a Web browser. Both models also support Miracast (Panasonic calls it Display Mirroring), which makes it possible to send videos, photos, and music from compatible Android mobile devices (version 4.2 and higher) to your TV.

The 2D models include just a basic streaming-media package, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube. The company is also keeping last year's DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01 in its line for 2013.

Panasonic's press release is light on details, so as of now it's hard to say what the specific features breakdown. All four new Blu-ray players are scheduled for release in February 2013. No pricing has been announced.

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  • Network Connection Built-in Wi-Fi
    Ethernet
    Miracast
  • Internet Streaming Services Netflix
    Hulu Plus
    CinemaNow
    YouTube
    Vudu
    Viera Connect
  • Additional Features 2D to 3D Conversion
    Web browser
    Built-in 4K Up-scaling
  • Media Type DVD-R
  • Type 3D Blu-ray player
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Upscaling via HDMI up to 1080p
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