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Panasonic unveils first portable Blu-ray player

DMP-B15 has 8.9-inch screen for high-def movies

Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

Panasonic plans to launch the ‘world’s first portable Blu-ray disc player’ – the DMP-B15 – that will let users view Blu-ray movies on an 8.9-inch LCD screen with SVGA resolution.

The compact B15 Blu-ray player can also be used in the home, by connecting to an LCD or plasma TV with an HDMI cable, or for 7.1 channel surround sound it can output HD-Audio to a compatible receiver, says Panasonic. 

The Panasonic B15 Blu-ray player has an SD card slot and a LAN port for transferring media files to and from the player. With the B15 you can view Jpeg images from digital cameras, and AVCHD and Mpeg-2 files from digital camcorders, according to Panasonic.

If you have a large DVD collection, regularly make long journeys, or don’t want to wait for portable Blu-ray players to become widely available and lower in price, read our reviews of portable DVD players to find a Best Buy.

Panasonic Viera Cast gives B15 web access

The B15 features Panasonic’s proprietary Viera Cast system allowing you to view clips from YouTube and photos from Picasa. Viera Link means that you can control the B15 using your Panasonic TV’s remote control.

As you’d expect from a newly released Blu-ray disc device, the B15 supports BD-Live, which lets users access the internet to view images and subtitles, and interact in quizzes and multi-player games that are linked to bonus movie content on Blu-ray discs.

Which? technology expert Al Warman said: ‘Although the screen is not large enough to fully appreciate the picture detail of Blu-ray movies, the B15 is a significant first step by a major manufacturer to let consumers view Blu-ray content on a portable device without having to buy a laptop.’

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