Sony Opens Up Market With Two New Blu-ray Disc Players

Sony Opens Up Market With Two New Blu-ray Disc Players
Weybridge, 30th August 2007
Sony Opens Up Market With Two New Blu-ray Disc
BDP-S300 priced for wide appeal; BDP-S500 for high-end –
both with a complementatry copy of the Spider-Man™ High
Definition Trilogy on Blu-ray Disc!
Reclaim the original experience with 24p True Cinema
Integration and one-touch operation with BRAVIA® Theatre
Today’s launch of two new Blu-ray Disc players by Sony marks the next stage in
the development of the high-definition disc player market. With an estimated
price of €599 (£399 GBP)1 and packed with new AV technologies, the BDP-S300
is is set to bring Blu-ray to a huge new audience. The BDP-S500 is a high-end
alternative aimed at customers demanding a definitive high-definition viewing
experience. The estimated price for the BDP-S500 is €899 (£599 GBP)?. The
BDP-S300 will be available from mid of September and the BDP-S500 from the
end of October.
To demonstrate the ever-growing catalogue of Blu-ray format movies available
from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, customers who purchase either player
in Europe will receive a copy of the Spider-Man™ High Definition Trilogy on
Blu-ray Disc, (upon registeration of the product and completion of a customer
questionnaire online)?. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has already released
more than 40 Blu-ray Disc format (BD) movies, with more than 30 titles
scheduled for release between now and Christmas. The Spider-Man™ High
Definition Trilogy is a three-pack release of all three films on Blu-ray High-Def,
allowing fans an exclusive opportunity to collect Spider-Man™, Spider-Man™ 2
and Spider-Man™ 3 all in high definition.
“Blu-ray is taking off, and the BDP-S300 player is designed to give many more
people a way of joining the party in style,” says Hiro Shinohara, Director of Home
Video Europe at Sony Europe. “Whether you opt for the BDP-S300 or the highend BDP-S500, you will be able to appreciate the unique fidelity to the cinematic
original offered by 24p True Cinema technology, something not currently
available from all manufacturers. You will also get support for the new, wider
x.v.Colour space used by the latest generation of HD camcorders, plus one-touch
operation thanks to BRAVIA Theatre Sync.”
Both models can output 1080p Full HD via a single-cable HDMI™ interface,
currently the highest possible HD format available for consumers. So everyone
with a Full HD LCD TV can finally appreciate the true capabilities of their set. The
ultimate HD resolution is partnered with 7.1 channel Linear PCM and Dolby®
Digital Plus Surround Sound audio for home cinema of the highest standard.
The BDP-S500 goes even further, with Dolby TrueHD decoding and Bit
Stream Output for DTS-HD3, Dolby TrueHD audio signals via HDMI ver 1.3.
When using either model, even your existing collection of DVDs can look better
thanks to a 1080p upscaling feature that works with HDMI-equipped 1080pcapable HDTVs, enhancing and sharpening the picture as you watch.
Film lovers will also relish 24p True Cinema. Cine cameras actually film at 24
frames per second, but televisions operate at a higher frame rate, so conversion
has traditionally been necessary. The result is a 4% discrepancy from the original
– the film broadcast on TV or played on a VHS or DVD player actually runs 4%
faster than the original, and some soundtrack rises by 4% in pitch. When the
BDP-S300 or BDP-S500 is connected to a TV with 24p capability such as the new
Bravia X-Series5 , the original 24 frames per second are played just as the
camera first recorded them. You see – and hear – exactly what the director
Another reason why these players will fit so comfortably at the centre of the
digital living room is BRAVIA Theatre Sync technology. This uses HDMI to let
you control a home theatre setup using a single button on a single remote
instead of having to switch on and select inputs on several devices one after
another. So all you need to do is press Play on the player’s remote and the TV
switches on and selects it as the primary input. When you’re done, turning off
the TV with its remote will automatically shut down the player as well and any
other components of your setup connected to it by HDMI4 .
Convenience – and style – of a different kind is evident in the design of the BDPS500. This model features a motorised sliding panel at the front, which opens
automatically when you load or eject a disc.
Both models support the new x.v.Colour standard, an international standard
defining a colour range for moving images approximately twice that of sRGB.
This means the players can handle AVC-HD discs recorded by new-generation
camcorders that use x.v.Colour and reproduce the more natural and lifelike
colours in full.?
As you would expect the BDP-S300 and BDP-S500 can handle a wide variety of
formats and media, including the still centrally important CD. In addition each
supports BD-ROM, DVD, and DVD video playback from DVD/DVD±R/±RW
encoded discs, as well as MP3 audio files and JPEG images stored on
DVD±R/±RW discs. The BDP-S500 will also support BD-R/RE discs.
BDP-S300 and BDP-S500 key features
1080p High Definition Picture
24p True Cinema
Bravia® Theatre Sync™
1080p DVD Upscale
AVCHD Disc Playback
CD playback
BD-R/RE Playback
5.1 channel Dolby Digital/DTS
7.1ch LPCM output via HDMI
Dolby True HD Decoding
DTS-HD HA / Dolby TrueHD
HDMI Bit Stream output via
HDMI ver1.3
5.1ch Gold Plated Analog Audio
Motorised Slide Door
Bitrate Display
Y(5.1ch Dolby
Estimated price only. Actual price determined by retailer.
Conditions may vary according to country. Offer not valid in Germany.
DTS-HD HA is supported.
BRAVIA Theatre Sync via HDMI connection is supported by the following equipment: new TV
models X3500/3000; W3000; V3000; D3000; T3000; S3000, P3000 and U3000. Audio systems
include: STR-DA5300; STR-DA3300; STR-DG910; STR-DG710 and the integrated AV-rack RHTG800.
2007 Bravia X,W,V Series LCD TVs will support 24p True Cinema.
High Resolution Audio is supported.
?. x.v.Colour compatible TV is required.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
“AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are trademarks of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Sony
“x.v.Colour” and “x.v.Colour” logo are tradema rks of Sony Corporation.
Spider-Man, the Character TM & (c) 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information, please contact:
Ruth Speakman, Sony Europe
Tel: 0044 1932 816 994 / email:
About Sony:
Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the
global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses,
Sony is uniquely positioned to be one of the world’s leading digital entertainment brands. Sony
recorded consolidated global annual sales of EUR 55.83 billion (yen 8,296 billion) for the fiscal year
ended March 31, 2007, based on an average market exchange rate for the same period of yen
148.6 to the EUR. It employs a pproximately 163,000 people worldwide.
In Europe, the Sony Group recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 13.71 billion (yen 2,038
billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Center
am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and
registered consolidated sales of EUR 9.12 billion for the same period.
For more information on Sony Europe,
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