Samsung Unveils New Versatile Smart Blu-Ray Line
2012 International CES
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced an innovative Disc to Digital feature on its 2012 Blu-ray Players that helps consumers turn their personal DVD collection into digital content, and facilitates the sharing of this content on multiple devices in the home and on the go. This service is one of several new features available on Samsung's new smart Blu-ray line, which also includes a full web browser and a wealth of web-based content and services through Samsung's Smart Hub.
The flagship 3D Blu-ray products from the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include:
The two new models deliver a virtually limitless entertainment experience with Full HD 1080p playback and new ways to access cloud-based content on multiple devices.
"Building on Samsung's legacy of innovation, the new additions to the Blu-ray player line offer consumers increasing options to enjoy an outstanding home entertainment experience regardless of the content sources," said Sangchul Lee, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "Consumers now have an endless list of connectivity options and services for a true multi-screen experience."
These 3D Blu-ray players will be on display at Samsung's booth #12004 in the Central Hall at the 2012 International CES, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), January 10-13, 2012.
The Disc to Digital feature is a boon to consumers with a library of DVDs. They can now register their ownership of physical DVDs, and access the same movie content on a variety of devices, virtually anytime and anywhere—even from multiple locations at once. Once digital copies have been created and added to the consumer's UltraViolet collection, the content will be made available through the Flixster application on Samsung's Smart Hub, as well as on a broad range of connected devices such as smart phones, tablet, PCs and Smart TVs. Consumers also have the option to purchase HD quality versions of these movies, and can share digital library content with other members under the same account.
Consumers can look forward to innovative design without sacrificing performance with Samsung's new stylish 3D Blu-ray line. The units are designed as symmetric products with convenient centralized controls for easy access and management, and Samsung's premium players also come with a centralized slot-in mechanism. The line-up's lack of mechanical parts also makes for a smoother and quieter loading experience, with a boot time of less than one second.
Consumers now have an easy way to enhance and upgrade their current TV experience with the latest services and content options through Samsung's Blu-ray players. The premium 3D Blu-ray line-up provides access to Samsung Smart Hub, a simple way to access, search and explore Samsung Apps. New in 2012, Samsung Blu-ray players will offer a full web browser and the ability to experience rich content. They also have built-in WiFi for convenient access to a variety of web-based content and connectivity options.
Sharing content across devices is made even easier with the new DLNA-certified Blu-ray line. In addition, 2012 Blu-ray players will be supported by WiFi Direct, which allows WiFi devices to be connected directly and easily without a wireless access point.
Regardless of the source material's original resolution, the 2012 3D Blu-ray line's powerful video processor can up-convert DVDs, older non-HD content and even low-resolution streaming video to pristine Full HD 1080p. It also supports an array of audio formats including Dolby® Digital Plus / TrueHD and DTS-HD Bitstream Outputs. No matter what the experience, the 2012 lineup's BD Wise Plus feature automatically adjusts the TV setting to provide optimal picture for each scenario.
Only slightly larger than a Blu-ray disc, the versatile Samsung BD-ES6000 3D Blu-ray player packs the latest video technologies and connectivity features into a compact form factor. This balance of technology and high design makes it a perfect addition to any room where space is at a premium, but outstanding video playback is desired.
Taking minimalism to the max without sacrificing performance, the BD-ES6000 sports a cubic form factor and features a stylish multi-layered pattern design on the top of its cabinet.
Bringing Hollywood even closer to home, the slim and stylish Samsung BD-E6500 3D Blu-ray player delivers breathtaking 2D and 3D content playback. With 2 HDMI inputs, it streamlines connections to the TV by allowing more than one component, such as a set-top box and game console, to be hooked up to BD-E6500 and connected to the TV via only one HDMI output. This minimize the number of wires required so that the home entertainment area may be free of clutter an also maintain a minimalist look-and-feel to the room.
The BD-E6500 features a two-tone design that accentuates its slimness. The top of the player features an elegant piano-black finish, while the bottom has the look and feel of high-grade metal. A bright but unobtrusive Mystic Blue lighting feature serves as an elegant accent to unite the two parts together.
Samsung is introducing a new remote control app that can be downloaded onto an Android or Apple smartphone. Previously only available for Samsung TVs, the 2012 remote control app enhances how users control and search for content on their Blu-ray players. The app's MovieNote feature also offers instant access to detailed information on movies they are currently watching, including plot synopsis, actor and director biography information.
When the smartphone is connected to the same home network as a Samsung Blu-ray player, users can control their Blu-ray player with ease and use the QWERTY keyboard on their devices for easy information input.
Parents will also be able to use Samsung's Kids service to access a variety of educational video-on-demand content across several categories – Communication, Exercise, Arts & Play, Science, Social Activity and Math, and reward children with virtual stickers or other awards for a fun and interactive learning experience.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world's most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com
Posted by Shane Sturgeon, January 10, 2012 5:48 PM
About Shane SturgeonShane 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.