Denon postpones European Blu-ray premiere to 2008

Heise online: The Japanese entertainment electronics manufacturer Denon is postponing the European sales start of its first Blu-ray player DVD-3800BDCI until next year. This was confirmed by a press spokesman of the German branch office to heise online. This model is supposed to actually be the first Blu-ray player worldwide that is already based on BD profile 1.1 and therefore, among other things, masters parallel decoding of two video streams for picture-to-picture morphing functions (for example, video commentaries).

A specific date has still not been set for the release of the device on the German market. The spokesman did, however, contradict rumours saying that Denon would be releasing a combi-player for both HD disc formats following the power-shift in the struggle for the successor of the DVD format through the complete changeover of the Hollywood studios Paramount and Dreamworks to the HD-DVD faction. It is, though, not improbable that Denon will ultimately produce this type of device. The current delay is also due to reasons of a technical nature. Denon Germany could not make a prediction on when the global start for the player would be.

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