DivX Certified new player from Panasonic, DMP-BD50

Mumbai: DivX announced the DivX Certification of a new Blu-ray Disc (BD) Player from Panasonic, the DMP-BD50. This is the first DivX Certified Blu-ray model to be shipped to the U.S. market and will also be distributed throughout Europe.

DivX has currently certified 19 stand-alone Blu-ray models. The DMP-BD50 is the newest Blu-ray player in Panasonic’s line, preceded by the DMP-BD30, to offer a high-quality DivX digital video experience. The DMP-BD50 is Panasonic’s third generation Blu-ray player, offering the new BD-Live function which allows consumers to enhance their entertainment experience through the Internet.

Consumers will be able to play back DivX video stored on CD-R or DVD-R, transferring content from the PC to the home theatre. Panasonic’s DMP-BD50 adds to the increasing number of DivX Certified Blu-ray players and over 100 million other DivX Certified devices that have been shipped by DivX licensees into the market, including digital televisions, set-top boxes, in-car multimedia players, mobile phones, and digital cameras.

"There has been consistent consumer demand for products that support DivX video and the feature has significantly enhanced our product offerings, differentiating us from our competitors," said Matsushita Electric Industrial Panasonic AVC Networks Company Network Business Group video business unit group manager of product technology Kazuhiko Nakamura. "We are pleased to continue working with DivX in offering consumers a quality solution for their digital needs."

"DivX is dedicated to bringing a high-quality digital experience to any device and we are thrilled to continue this drive within the Blu-ray market by extending DivX Certification to the Panasonic DMP-BD50," said DivX Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hell. "We have achieved considerable success in the DVD category, becoming a standard checklist feature."

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure interoperability, security and visual quality. DivX Certified products enable consumers to create, play, and share high-quality video content across a range of devices and platforms.