Finally there’s some good news on the Blu Ray Player front. For many months now, the choice has been severely limited, basically leaving us with the option of buying a PS3 or not buying a PS3. There have been other Blu-Ray players available but they just haven’t been worth the money and offered little that was particularly significant.
Pioneer has announced that it will be launching four Blu-Ray players starting with the first in September. The range will start with a basic player and vary through to the advanced, or reference, standard player. From the pictures available they certainly look better than a lot of the alternatives although no pricing has been released and, as seems to be the way with Blur-Ray, there’s still something of a problem.
Only the most advanced, and therefore most expensive, of the four will include BD Live support and yet virtually all new Blu-Ray discs include BD Live features. Still, it’s the kick start we’ve hopefully been waiting for. The BDP-LX71 will be the first to hit shelves in September, the BDP-51FD will arrive in October and the BDP-LX08 and BDP-LX91 (BD Live support) will arrive in time for Christmas.