Portable Blu-ray From Panasonic

Panasonic claims first with portable Blu-ray

A portable Blu-ray player with a rechargeable battery of 2.5 hours and the ability to get BD Live, has been released by Panasonic in the US. On show at CES in January this year, Panasonic claims its DMP-B15 is a first, but doesn’t come cheap compared to its full-sized brethren at US$799.95.

It also can be connected to a HDTV via an HDMI cable for use as a stand-alone Blu-ray disc player. In addition, it connects to a home theatre system via an HD-audio-compatible A/V receiver. An SD slot means users can watch HD videos. It has Viera Cast and BD-Live compatibility allowing users access the internet with a LAN connection and enjoy contents like YouTube.

It has an 8.9 inch wide SVGA screen lets you view movies with much higher image quality than standard definition portable DVD players.

It can be put in the back of a car for kids to enjoy. You attach the included Headrest Mounting Bracket to the back of the seat to turn the entire back seat into a theatre for those long trips around the country.

There is no release date for Australia.