Panasonic has launched what it claims is the world's first portable 1080p Blu-ray player. The DMP-B15 has an 8.5in widescreen display and enjoys a battery life of around 2.5 hours.
The device can be hooked up to a home entertainment setup via its HDMI output. It can also be mounted to the back of a car seat using an optional headrest mounting bracket.
The high-resolution screen makes uses of PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus technology which individually processes each pixel in the Blu-ray video signal.
Panasonic VIERA Cast internet Live functionality is also included and the portable player has an SD Card slot so users can insert and directly play back photos and video recorded on a camera or camcorder.
The player is being positioned as either an additional device for home HD viewing or a primary 1080p device.
According to Panasonic, the VIERA CAST functionality transforms any TV into an IPTV with the capability to access select websites. Panasonic already sells three consumer Blu-ray players that sport the IPTV capability.
In the US, at least, these offer access to Amazon's Video-on-Demand video-streaming service, YouTube, Picasa Web Album, Bloomberg news and weather updates.
The DMP-B15 player will get access to the Amazon service later this month, with no additional service fees payable. More websites and services will be added in the coming months.
The Blu-ray player is onsale now in the US for around $800 and is set to go onsale in the UK sometime this summer. Pricing for the UK has yet to be announced.