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The new players are the BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 due this summer, and in the Autumn, respectively. The players finally offer much of the functionality promised – but never delivered - by the Blu-ray camp and which the now defunct HD DVD technology already offered. But at a price.

Both players conform to BD Profile 1.1 and sport Ethernet connectivity and a USB port for transferring content from storage sticks and external HDDs. The new players are the first to offer a picture-in-picture (PiP) feature, called BonusView. Both support 1080p playback at 24fps and upscaling of regular DVDs via HDMI. The S350 and S550 are the first Sony players to support 7.1 Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus sound decoding.

The S550 adds 1GB of internal storage, support for BD Live out-of-the-box and the top end audio HD audio formats, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Source: Sony

Price: $400/$500

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