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Old 01-06-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Philips expands high-definition home entertainment with new Blu-ray Disc™ player

LAS VEGAS -Philips is making the best even better as it showcases its latest Blu-ray Disc (BD) player - the BDP7200 - at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Building on the successful BDP9000, the BDP7200 is Philips' first BonusView compliant BD player, optimizing the complete HD experience and allowing viewers to enjoy the latest movie applications and features. This new BD player boasts a stylish design with unbeatable sound and picture quality that takes Blu-ray Disc interactivity to a new dimension.

Philips' BDP7200 touts stunning Full HD 1080p images - the pinnacle of today's high-def visuals. Rich surround sound is heightened with multi-channel audio decoding and digital audio optical outputs. Older DVD libraries will look better than ever as the BD player upscales them to 1080p - a major attraction to consumers who, as they migrate to HDTV sets, find that standard DVDs do not offer the HD content they expect.

Enriching the picture further, Deep Color™ creates vivid images with more than a billion colors1 and eliminates on-screen color banding. The BDP7200 also supports 1080p at native 24 frames per second (fps)2 cinematic resolution input via HDMI, which is the same format used in movies.

"Blu-ray Disc has rapidly become the format of choice for high-definition movies, music, games and more," said Andy Mintz, senior vice president, marketing management AM/VM, Philips Consumer Lifestyle North America. "With a greater breadth of available hardware, more support from the Hollywood studios and more capacity for growth in the future, consumers are clearly weighing-in in favor of Blu. Our BDP7200 joins Philips' growing family of Blu-ray Disc products, delivering the best possible Full HD picture quality, full surround sound capabilities and more."

The BDP7200 supports technology known as BD-Java, which makes even more sophisticated interactive features possible. It boasts Picture in Picture (PiP), graphical enhancements and multi-languages for on-screen display. Multi-layered displays enable users to interact with on-disc content - such as pop-up menus, graphics, director's commentary and bonus material - even as the main movie is playing.

Further enhancing the player's simplicity, Philips EasyLink™3 allows easy control of connected devices via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC1) function with one remote. One button does it all - the TV and A/V components communicate via the same HDMI cables that deliver audio and high-def video.

The BDP7200 Blu-ray Disc player will be available in April 2008.
BDP7200 MSRP: $349
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Great. Well this really doesn't help me because I can get the same thing for cheaper. Made by Samsung or Sony.
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Great. Well this really doesn't help me because I can get the same thing for cheaper. Made by Samsung or Sony.
That's MSRP $350. You probably can find it for under $300.
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It has to be Profile 1.1, this is great news in my opinion.
Any info on the audio decoding ability of this unit?
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"full surround sound capabilities and more"

Me thinks the whole works.
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Any info on the audio decoding ability of this unit?
Good question and we will know the answer for certain before it releases. I expect at a minimum, HDMI 1.3a bitstream for all, but I am afraid I don't know much. This is exciting for me, I know things are going to start rocking and rolling really quickly.

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Good question and we will know the answer for certain before it releases. I expect at a minimum, HDMI 1.3a bitstream for all, but I am afraid I don't know much. This is exciting for me, I know things are going to start rocking and rolling really quickly.

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I agree. I see alot of players from different companies with healthy competition. Glad to see these new players!

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Great. Well this really doesn't help me because I can get the same thing for cheaper. Made by Samsung or Sony.
I believe the previous Philips players were made by Samsung, not sure about this one though. I hope it will be a Philips design and unique player, but I don't know much yet. I would pass on any Sony standalone Blu-ray player, the BDP-S300 is the worst current player in my opinion and the BDP-S500 is overpriced for what it does. I think the PS3 is terrific and the best value Blu-ray player because of all it does and the flexibility and upgradeability.

Philips is a big consumer electronics company, particularly in Europe and is among the world's largest and a big Blu-ray association member and I would have no problem with this player if it is as good as I expect it to be.

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With the reliability issues with their TV's I would be hesitant to purchase anything with the Philips name on it. It's a shame too because they used to be of the highest quality.
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what's the difference between Profile 1.1 and 2.0??
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what's the difference between Profile 1.1 and 2.0??
I am the worst guy to give you all of the details because I get really bored when I try to read about it, but basically 1.1 is called Bonus View, meaning PIP primarily. 2.0 is the BD-Live or internet interactive type features that can be accessed while playing the disc. Maybe it will be the coolest thing I ever saw once I can use it, but right now, it is just yawn inducing.

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