Dutch Consumer electronics giant Philips has released an affordable Blu-Ray player, the BDP3000 that costs a mere £150 and comes with Profile 2.0 or BD-live functionality.
The device, which comes with full HD compatibility (1080p at 24fps), will also serve as an excellent DVD upscaler.
It also supports Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround sound (but no DTS HD Master Audio) as well as x.v.Colour technology (which brings more natural colors to HD camcorder videos), DivX, MP3 and Jpeg playback.
Significantly, the BDP3000 is one of the cheapest Blu-ray player to come with BD Live. This allows content from the internet to be downloaded and stored on non-volatile storage although the BDP3000 apparently has none.
But you should be able to connect USB storage devices and the player is capable of decoding DiVX video files. Philips has also managed to bring down the power consumption in standby mode to 0.5w, all wrapped in a great design and a slimline body measuring just 435x58x308 mm.
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The Philips drive will be up against the Samsung BD-P1600 player which is sold for around £5 less. Plus Amazon currently has a special deal where you can get four Blu-ray movies (Oceans Thirteen and I am Legend plus two Harry Potter Blu-ray titles).
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