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Samsung Presents Highlights of New 3D Blu-Ray Line

2011 Blu-ray line features 3D Playback, One Foot Connectivity, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and stylish designs; select models also offer 2D-to-3D conversion

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled new innovative features in its 3D Blu-ray line that offer Samsung Smart Hub via integrated 802.11n wireless and Smart Blu-ray features. Three of the new models have Samsung's innovative system-on-chip (SoC) for exceptional 3D up-conversion of movies, pictures and streaming video. Consumers can look forward to seven new products that offer a range of features to suit their lifestyle needs. The key 3D Blu-ray products being showcased by the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include:

The world's slimmest 3D Blu-Ray disc player (model BD-D7500);
Compact and minimalist 3D Blu-ray disc player design (model BD-D7000);
3D Blu-ray with Dual HDMI and Mobile Phone Control Options (model BD-D6700); and
Blu-ray with built-in Wi-Fi and 3D (model BD-D6500).

"The increase in available 3D content in 2011 will result in more people embracing 3D. In the meantime, people can enjoy the breadth of features offered via Samsung's Smart Blu-ray and the option to up-convert content with our 2D-to-3D conversion," said Sangchul Lee, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "As more people look to upgrade their home entertainment systems and embrace a rich, immersive 3D experience, Samsung is able to offer a wide range of options that support their needs today and into the future."

All the new models epitomize Samsung's 3S concept design philosophy – symmetric, slim and slot-in – and enhance the stylish elements in any home. The units are designed as symmetric products, with all the major functions placed in the middle so that using the device is easy and convenient. The lack of moving parts in the slot-in method for loading disc media also makes the unit quieter and more efficient than those with loading trays. The models are thin and designed to complement Samsung TVs. Samsung's premium Blu-ray line-up also includes advanced Smart Blu-ray features – such as AllShare and Smart Hub, which includes Your Video, Search All and Samsung Apps – that make it even easier for people to access and share content that speak to their passions.

The entire line will also offer Samsung's new patented One Foot Connection feature when used in conjunction with the Samsung wireless router1. During the initial set-up of the router, users simply need to put the Blu-ray and other compatible devices within one foot of the router to establish a connection; the devices can subsequently be moved to any part of the home while still maintaining this connection

The 2011 Blu-ray players will be on display at Samsung's booth #12006 in the Central Hall at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), January 6-9, 2011. Samsung also won CES 2011 Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award for the BD-D7500 and CES 2011 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards for the BD-D7000, BD-D6700 and BD-D6500, which will be on display in the Grand Lobby at the LVCC.

World's Thinnest Blu-ray Player

As the world's slimmest Blu-ray disc player, the space-saving, wall-mountable Samsung BD-D7500 packs industry-leading features into its 0.9-inch height without compromising picture quality. It has innovative 2D-to-3D conversion capabilities that enable customers to enjoy a 3D experience with pictures, movies and streaming video. Powered by Samsung's innovative video processor, the BD-D7500 is loaded with cutting-edge video picture quality enhancement algorithms and various high definition codecs. The processor's exclusive conversion engine can also up-convert content, including streaming content, to HD so customers get the best images and performance from their HDTVs. All these content sources, plus the unit's built-in Wi-Fi and Smart Blu-ray features, make for virtually limitless playback options.

Additionally, the BD-D7500 connects easily to other devices without wire clutter. The DLNA-certified player features game-changing connection methods, including Samsung's patented One Foot Connection, which allows devices to also be accessed and controlled via the BD-D7500. The new Blu-ray player also comes with one HDMI input connection.

Start up time on the BD-D7500 has been slashed to three seconds with Samsung's new Ultra Fast Play. This significantly reduces the start time by 80 percent when compared to 2010 models, and makes loading content on the BD-D7500 one of the fastest in the industry.

Compact and Unique Minimalist Design

Samsung's unique, minimalist design for the BD-D7000 includes a hidden slot for disc loading that pops up from the center of the unit. It also has a stylish silver metal casing that wraps around the compact, square BD-D7000.

This 3D Blu-ray player has many of the features of the BD-D7500, including 2D-to-3D conversion, full HD up-conversion, Ultra Fast Play, One Foot Connection, DLNA certification, integrated Wi-Fi, Smart Blu-ray features and a single HDMI output.

3D Blu-ray with Dual HDMI

A 3D Blu-ray player with full HD upscaling and 3D conversion, the BD-D6700 offers wireless connections to a host of content through Smart Blu-ray features. Packed with two HDMI ports, the player delivers both advanced 3D (HDMI 1.4) and 7.1 channel surround sound audio features through legacy AV receivers (HDMI 1.3).

The BD-D6700 also has 3D conversion, full HD up-conversion, Ultra Fast Play, One Foot Connection, DLNA certification and integrated Wi-Fi. Additionally, iOS and Android mobile users can download a special free app so they can use their phones as a remote control for the BD-D6700.

Blu-ray Player with 3D and Wi-Fi

The BD-D6500 is a solid performer with a premium design. It offers a full HD 3D experience and access to versatile streaming services through Smart Blu-ray features. The BD-D6500 also upconverts content to Full HD and has Ultra Fast Play, One Foot Connection, DLNA certification and integrated Wi-Fi.

CES-specific information may be found at www.samsungces2011.com. For more information about Samsung, including press releases, video content and product images, please visit http://www.samsungusanews.com/.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. Samsung is also the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit http://www.samsung.com for more information.

1 Samsung CY-SWR1100 is a simultaneous dual-N band, 802.11 a/b/g/n-compatible wireless router that ensures superior streaming and content speeds are transmitted to the TV.

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, January 5, 2011 10:20 PM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.