Panasonic has introduced its second generation of portable Blu-ray Disc players, with two models: DMP-B500 (with a bigger, better screen than the first-gen DMP-B15) and DMP-B100. Both players feature much of the same state-of-the-art technology found in Panasonic's stand alone Blu-ray Disc players. They will be available in the spring; pricing is still unknown.
Product highlights are as follows:
10.1-inch WSVGA screen
Expanded VIERA CAST internet functionality with Wi-Fi wireless LAN connection
SD Memory card slot with JPEG and AVCHD support
Dolby Digital and DTS HD
8.9-inch WSVGA screen
SD Memory Card Slot with JPEG support
Adjustable position screen
Dolby Digital and DTS HD
In addition the design of the B500 and B100 has been refined. With a mono-arm design, the display angle of the B100 can be freely adjusted, while the photo stand-like design of the B500 allows for comfortable positions.
"Last year Panasonic was proud to introduce the unique and innovative, DMP-B15, the world's first portable Blu-ray player and this year Panasonic cements its industry leadership position as a pioneer in the development of audio/video products," said Richard Simone, Director, Entertainment Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "This continues our commitment to provide the consumer with state-of-the-art technology that is created to enhance ones' entertainment experience. With more people purchasing Blu-ray discs, there is a growing market for this product, a Blu-ray player that allows the consumer to view those Blu-ray titles while traveling. Plus, there is the added bonus that the B500 also provides a second player for use with any HDTV to provide true 1080p quality."
For 2010 Panasonic's VIERA CAST's content, found on the DMP-B500, has been expanded to include Netflix(TM), Pandora, Twitter and Fox Sports. Viera CAST continues to offer access to Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg and a weather channel. VIERA CAST is accessed via an on-board Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi and therefore does not require any external set top boxes. The service is free, though there is a charge for movies streamed from Amazon Video on Demand and Netflix. Furthermore, as additional sites are added to the 2010 VIERA CAST service, they are added automatically.
I agree with djluis2k6, portable Blu Ray is useless without a larger screen, something closer to 12" or more because you go to small and you lose picture quality, sure you get *more* pixels b ut you get *smaller* pixels. DVD is PERFECT for portable because the resolution is just right for the screen size. Also I am a huge fan of iPod video. Still it's nice someone is looking into it maybe they will not look that bad but I do know that on smaller displays the difference between DVD and BR is harder to notice.
For now thats true phat. But in the not to distant future movies will only be on Blu-ray and then it may be a good option to buy such a portable player but then you will have new technology, players and cheaper prices most likely.
i know this has bean said before, but ill say it again anyway for the people that say portable bluray players are pointless. the reason for portable bluray players is so you can watch all your blu ray movies on the go, not for picture quality, and you dont have to double dip on any movies to get the dvd or downloadable version to watch it anywhere. Also, i dont know how expensive a portable bluray player is now but theyre/will be drastically cheaper than a viao or any other bluray capable laptop.