Mplayer added support of HD-DVD/Blu-Ray codecs


This is a really good news for Linux-based HTPC owners. Mplayer recently added supports of HD-DVD/Blu-Ray codecs. The latest code in Subversion repository can do it with that DRM decryption patch. The full guide how to play and rip HD-DVD and Blu-ray disks under Linux can be found here.

I was asked a few times about possibility to play Blu-ray disk under LinuxMCE. So, with solution below it could be possible to do that.

[via phoronix]

Sony released networked Blu-ray player

Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Player

After LG and Samsung Sony announced its networked Blu-ray player. The BDP-N460 offers a practically standard set of online features – Netflix, YouTube,, Crackle, and Slacker Radio as well as its own BRAVIA Internet Video platform. The player sports Ethernet and USB port. It’d be possible to use WET610N Dual Band Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge adapter to connect the BDP-N460 to the local network. There is no information about possibility to play DivX or MKV files from USB storage or network shares.

Sure, the BDP-N460 provides functionality of high-end Blu-ray players such supporting BD-LIVE content, upscaling SD video to HD and outputting 1080p video with 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS-HD audio via HDMI.

The BDP-N460 will be available this October at $249.99.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Samsung’s Blu-ray players supports Youtube and MKV

Samsung Blu-ray Players

Recently Samsung released new firmware for its networked Blu-ray players. The most interesting features are support online video services Youtube and Blockbuster as well as MKV files playback. It seems that company understands the situation with media when everything goes in Internet. In my opinion replacement DVD/Blu-ray disks by their online analogs is a just a matter of time. Short time I hope.

The next generation of Popcorn Hour

popcorn hour c200

The new model of popular networked media tank Popcorn Hour was confirmed on its web site. The C100 will contains an upgraded Sigma SMP8643 667 Mhz processor, HDMI 1.3 out, two SATA slots and a drive bay for mounting additional HDD, optical or Blu-ray drive. It still can playback everything you want, supports HD video and audio and sports Gigabit Ethernet. Thanks to 192×64 LCD display you may easily get information about playing movie or online video.

The new Popcorn Hour C100 will be available soon at the price $299.00. Watch the demo video after jump.

[via Engadget]
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Three Pioneer Blu-ray players officially in US

Pioneer's Blu-ray player

The BDP-120, BDP-320 and pictured BDP-23FD support Profile 2.0, Full HD video and audio. Additionally BDP-320 and BDP-23FD sports 1GB internal flash memory but BDP-120 doesn’t. It also lack 7.1-channel analog outs. Those differences and using of various video processing technologies produce different prices – $299, $399 and $599, respectively.

A few days before trio of Pioneer Blu-ray players were announced for the UK market.

[via Engadget]

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