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As posted elsewhere - here comes the BD-Live update for the PS3:

 

The Blu-ray 2.0 spec (or BD-Live) is just days from launch. Sony just announced that the next PlayStation3 firmware updated -- v2.20 -- will add the new interactive features to your PS3. As such, PS3 owners should expect downloadable video content, ringtones, interactive movie-based games, and the always intriguing "more" when the software is released in "late March." In other words, in the next 11 days. The update will also allow you to copy photos and music playlists over USB from your PS3 to your PSP. The rest of the new features after the break.

 

-- "Resume play" will enable PS3 system to start playing a Blu-ray disc

and DVD at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been

removed.(*1)

 

-- "Audio Output Device" will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP

to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.

 

-- PS3 system's Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly

linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser's

view speed will be improved.

 

-- DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.

 

-- "Mosquito Noise Reduction" will be added as an AV setting in the

control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.(*2)

 

*1 BD-J format disc is not supported.

*2 BD discs recorded with BDMV format are not supported.

 

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/03/20/ps3-firmware-2-20-bringing-bd-live-interactive-blu-ray-this-mont/

 

Is it just me or are we actually more excited about 'resume play' than the BD-Live functions?

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I've spent quality time with all of the Pioneer elite and the Denon BD players, the PS3 still holds it own quite well. The one thing that the Pioneer players have going for them is that the drive in them is actually a BD read/write drive, not that you can record BD discs with it but the specs for a read/write drive are quite a bit more strict than just a plain read drive. I'm looking forward to spending some time with the Marantz player comming up soon, too bad its not profile 2 though.

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I've spent quality time with all of the Pioneer elite and the Denon BD players, the PS3 still holds it own quite well. The one thing that the Pioneer players have going for them is that the drive in them is actually a BD read/write drive, not that you can record BD discs with it but the specs for a read/write drive are quite a bit more strict than just a plain read drive. I'm looking forward to spending some time with the Marantz player comming up soon, too bad its not profile 2 though.

 

 

Thanks! Good to know.

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Is it just me or are we actually more excited about 'resume play' than the BD-Live functions?

 

There are only a few discs that will use the BD-Live features to start with, and I can see it as a gimmicky feature that I might look at once or twice. Resume play on the other hand is a fundamental player feature that will work with every DVD and most BDs, so you're damn right I'm more excited about that one :)

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Finally updated my PS3 and now to go try a few problem SD discs and check if it helped The Rock on a few problem moments, PQ-wise.

 

*update*

The new Mosquito setting didn't do squat for The Doors on SD as far as the terrible noise in such scenes as the desert pre-The End sequence. Oh well. Time to check it out on some Blu Rays now.

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New update for the Sony 300 that enables TrueHD (although some of us were convinced that the last update did this, but Sony is actually stating it as such now). Not much of a point for me, as this one is the bedroom player and uses my older speakers, although the Klipsch mains are still nice.

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Is the PS3 still the way to go on this, by the way? Thanks to circumstances changing once more, I find that I'll be in New York some time next spring. So rather than buy a UK-spec player for Christmas, I might as well pick up a US-spec one then, and get R1 DVD playback in the bargain. But as time goes on there's still no compelling reason for me to want a PS3 for the game playing side (yes, there are some good games, but 360 and Wii already give me more than I have time for). Saving money and/or gaining quality by buying a dedicated box would be great. In ~6 months I can easily see a reasonable player being cheaper than a PS3.

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Is the PS3 still the way to go on this, by the way? Thanks to circumstances changing once more, I find that I'll be in New York some time next spring. So rather than buy a UK-spec player for Christmas, I might as well pick up a US-spec one then, and get R1 DVD playback in the bargain. But as time goes on there's still no compelling reason for me to want a PS3 for the game playing side (yes, there are some good games, but 360 and Wii already give me more than I have time for).

 

It'll be another year or so before I bring in a standalone unit as performance/stability is certainly one the up and region free mods are becoming more common. I'll see what the Summer/Autumn 2009 cycle of players brings. I'm still impressed by just how good a player the PS3 actually is.

 

Personally I wouldn't restrict myself to a RegionB player so you'd have to ask just how soon you'd like to start a Blu-ray collection as I'd put it down to a toss up between a modded region free player (at a premium) or US PS3 with the PS3 being better value for money at this moment in time.

 

In ~6 months I can easily see a reasonable player being cheaper than a PS3.

 

This ought to happen at Christmas in the US, but none of them will let you play WipeoutHD though*. :)

 

*Granted we're still waiting for the PS3 to let us play it as well

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Just been browsing AVS this evening and noticed they have pics of Oppo's Blu-ray player. You can see 8 channel analogue output on the back along with the BD Live logo so it would seem as if they're looking to do it all with this player (is that an SACD logo on the front?). You can just make out TrueHD, DTS HD MA...etc logos on the back too so presumably it offers internal decoding and there's Anchor Bay's VRS logo on there as well so DVD playback ought to be similar to their 983 player (which is $399 if that is to give us any indication of the premium to expect for their Blu player).

 

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1063625

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Oh yeah, I pop dem placebos all the time being an HT junkie! I get strung out if I don't get some at least 2 or 3 times a year! :D Now excuse me while I go tape some weights on my PS3 and put some green ink on my CDs! ;)

 

(but since I paid for the feature, I NEEDED to see that damn TrueHD light up on the receiver!)

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