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Panasonic embraces DivX Plus HD in 3D Blu-ray players

Posted at 27 April 2010 20:41 CEST by Jared Newman

The next generation of 3D Blu-ray players from Panasonic will be the first to support DivX Plus HD, allowing for compressed digital video with lots of extra features.

DivX Plus HD is a format used for high definition video files with the file container Matroska, or .MKV. In addition to supporting H.264 video and AAC surround sound, DivX Plus HD allows for bonus content, subtitles, chapters and multiple languages. Videos in this format will play in 1080p resolution.

DivX claims that major Hollywood studios are using the format to distribute their movies through the Internet. For instance, Roxio CinemaNOW, a service that provides digital storefronts to Best Buy and Blockbuster, partnered with DivX last year to offer movies in DivX formats. The ability to play these files on a television through a Blu-ray player should come in handy for movie buffs. In addition to supporting DivX Plus HD, the Panasonic 3D Blu-ray players will handle all previous versions of DivX.

Panasonic appears to be the first on board with a Blu-ray player that supports DivX plus HD. During CES 2010, DivX announced that supporting devices are on the way, including¬†Blu-ray players from Philips, but they’ve yet to become available from what I can see. That said, it’s too bad that people who want DivX Plus HD support on their Blu-ray players will have to pay the 3D premium for the time being.

Panasonic will debut DivX Plus HD support in the DMP-BDT300, the company’s first full 3D Blu-ray player with full HD. This player will hit Europe before the end of the month, with Russia and Oceania to follow. No word on a U.S. release, though Panasonic’s Web site does list the player in dollars, at $400.

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There are 5 comments

debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 28 Apr 10 09:17
    Buy a PS3.
    Then you can also play PS3 games
    Blu-rayFreak
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 28 Apr 10 19:37
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by debro
      Buy a PS3.
      Then you can also play PS3 games
      Yep, PS3 is once again the better "Blu-ray player" option, with the added "bonus" of supporting gaming and many other features. I bet Sony will add DivX Plus HD to the PS3 via firmware update as well, as they do with most new Blu-ray player features.

      Regarding 3D Blu-ray movie compatibility on the PS3, I wonder if Sony is specifically waiting to implement this til next year to give other manufacturers (and Sony standalone blu-ray players) the chance to sell some 3D Blu-ray player units first...
      tmc8080
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 28 Apr 10 21:00
        If this is just an issue of FIRMWARE, then expect the $89 blu-ray player firmware to be HACKED so that the CHEAPEST amongst the players can do what the $400 blu-ray player does. I would've expected the entertainment industry who has the MONOPOLY on the blu-ray standard to disallow divx or ANY OTHER NON DRM formats from being utilized on the players.. knowing that is a losing battle, making a compromise in the MOST EXPENSIVE players isn't exactly a concession, more a slap in the face so that cheaper players get hacked.
        Blu-rayFreak
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 28 Apr 10 22:23
          @tmc8080 firmware hacks normally work only if the cheaper player uses the same hardware, which is not the case with most Blu-ray players...
          debro
          Blown to smitherines
          Posted on: 29 Apr 10 01:35
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Blu-rayFreak
            Yep, PS3 is once again the better "Blu-ray player" option, with the added "bonus" of supporting gaming and many other features. I bet Sony will add DivX Plus HD to the PS3 via firmware update as well, as they do with most new Blu-ray player features.

            Regarding 3D Blu-ray movie compatibility on the PS3, I wonder if Sony is specifically waiting to implement this til next year to give other manufacturers (and Sony standalone blu-ray players) the chance to sell some 3D Blu-ray player units first...
            Yes! Finally, the PS3 will get direct MKV support ... it was just a matter of time...
            Now, if we can just convince sony to decode H264 videos with encoding profiles above 4.0

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