Panasonic announced the availability and pricing for the world?s first portable Blu-ray player -the Panasonic DMP-B15
The B15 features 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 will be available in June and will have an SRP of $799.95.
The DMP-B15 includes all the technology found in its stand-alone counterparts, the DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80 and the VHS-Blu-ray dual player DMP-BD70V. Image quality is of the highest level, thanks to PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus technology developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory.
The PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus is a high quality image-processing technology that precisely processes each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc video signal in the vertical direction. It reproduces color data with twice the accuracy of conventional systems.
Like Panasonic?s three stand-alone Blu-ray players, the DMP-B15 includes VIERA CAST functionality. This application gives the consumer access to select web sites, including Amazon Video-on-Demand, a streaming video service that gives the consumer access to more than 40,000 titles; YouTube; Google Picasa Web Album; Bloomberg and a weather channel. The Amazon VOD will be available in late June. VIERA CAST does not require an external set-top box, nor is there a fee for the service. And, as additional web sites are added to the service, they will automatically appear. Viera Cast and BD-Live features require an internet connection via the LAN port.
The DMP-B15 has a 2.5 hour rechargeable battery and can be connected to an HDTV via HDMI cable. The player can also be connected to an HD-Audio compatible AV receiver with a home theater speaker system. To accommodate the traveler, the DMP-B15 offers an optional headrest mounting bracket for in-car use. Like all Panasonic Blu-ray players, the B15 features an SD Memory Card slot.