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Panasonic prices Blu-ray high

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Panasonic Blu-ray

Panasonic has set a price of ‘under’ $1500 (somewhere between $1200 and $1499, probably) for its first player when it launches in the US this autumn. The company predicts that the BD (Blu-ray disc) player population will hit five million worldwide this year, but crucially it includes the in this tally. The brand has also confirmed that it will commercialize its stunning 103inch 1080p plasma screen, which has been the talk of the trade shows since it made its debut at January’s CES. A price of $10,000 has been floated, but this seems almost cheap for such a statement product.
In the UK, there’s little BD news that’s concrete. Andrew Denham, Panasonic’s Group Marketing Manager, confided that developments were happening somewhat faster on the HD disc front than the company originally anticipated, but had no specifics. “Over the coming months, we’ll be focusing on all aspects of high definition, and ultimately recording will come into the equation,” he offered. The brand showed its DMR-E700 BD recorder at last year’s Ceatec show in Japan.
When pushed on a UK player price Denham teased: “We will be competitive, that’s all I can say.” Currently, UK movie studios are saying little about a BD software launch this year.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

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