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First Wireless HDMI Blu-ray player launched by Philips, new HDTV aspect ratio

Posted by: , 14:38 AEDT, Sun January 9, 2011

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The world's first wireless HDMI blu-ray player has been launched by Philips at CES 2011, and also news on more 21:9 HDTVs

It's been a long time coming, buy Philips has been the first to release a Wireless HDMI Blu-ray player.

The BDP7580, which will retail for $499.99, will be released in April, the company announced at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

In order for the wireless system to work, a wireless equipped TV is required, or users can purchase the separate Philips Wireless HDTV Link device.

The wireless link allows the two connecting devices to be placed up to 75 feet (nearly 23 meters) away, without signal loss or degradation.

The Blu-ray player also supports a varied range of online video streaming services, including Netflix, BlockBuster, FilmFresh, Pandora, NetTV and Philips' own MediaConnect. The player does not support 3D Blu-ray playback.

Vizio launches new 21:9 ratio HDTVs

Also at CES, two companies launched HDTVs with a new format ratio. The new 21:9 screens aim to fix a common problem with today's 16:9 HDTVs, the fact that our current widescreen TVs still have to display a black border for most movies, which are shot in the 2.35:1 or 2.39:1 ratios. With these new 2560x1080p 21:9 screens, the black border for these movies are removed, although for high definition TV broadcasts, gaming, and many other movies, which still use the 16:9 ratio, a black border will still be visible, but this time on the two sides of the screen. 

Philips will release a new 58" LED 21:9 TV that will also be 3D capable. Vizio is also planning to release three 21:9 TVs, at 50" and 58", and eventually a 71" model. 

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