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Sony BDP-S300 - Blu-Ray DVD Player - 1080P Full HD - With 6 Free Discs (By Redemption) £279.99

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Sony BDP-S300 - Blu-Ray DVD Player - 1080P Full HD - With 6 Free Discs (By Redemption) - £279.99 *High definition1080p video output (including 24, 60 , 50Hz) *DVD upscaling to 1080p *Video codec MPEG… Read More
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Sony BDP-S300 - Blu-Ray DVD Player - 1080P Full HD - With 6 Free Discs (By Redemption) - £279.99

*High definition1080p video output (including 24, 60 , 50Hz)
*DVD upscaling to 1080p
*Video codec MPEG2/MPEG4-AVC/VC-1/AVC-HD
*Cinema Tuned Picture Mode Settings
*BD-Java interactive capability & pop up menu
*BRAVIA theatre Sync (HDMI CEC)
*Multi brand remote control
*Uncompressed multi channel linear PCM output with HDMI (up to 8ch)
*Dolby digital plus, DTS-HD & dolby truHD digital out & decoding capability
*Dolby Digital & DTS 7.1ch Output
*Multi channel 192KHz/24 bit audio D/A converter
*Individual speaker setting
*HDMI & optical output
*Component video out, S-video, composite, coaxial, analogue *audio 7.1ch output, analogue Audio 2ch output (gold plated)
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#1
Apart from the free disks - which admittedly is a good offer - why would anyone chose this over the PS3?
#2
stevetynant
Apart from the free disks - which admittedly is a good offer - why would anyone chose this over the PS3?

Ive heard (so i dont know this for a fact) that the PS3 isnt the best Bluray player ever. So maybe someone would buy this as it is a dedicated BluRay player and may produce a better picture. (Im not totally up on how good a PS3 is compared to stand alone player - just offering something Ive heard an various podcast reviews in the past).
#3
Anyone know if the free disc promo is somehow redeemable if you recently bought a PS3 (I know they did a similar promo in north america)
#4
For info, the films are Pirates Of The Caribbean 1-3 and the Spiderman Trilogy boxset.
More info [COLOR="Red"]here[/COLOR].
#5
£244 here: http://www.1staudiovisual.co.uk/catalog/sony-bdps300-player-p-2581.html

I presume you can still get the 6 free films from any supplier
#6
I'm sure What Hi-Fi rated the PS3 blu-ray very highly if not one of the best.

Also PS3 machines are sold at a hefty loss if I remember correctly.

The main cost being the blu-ray player, anyone else no about this?
#7
publicnme
£244 here: http://www.1staudiovisual.co.uk/catalog/sony-bdps300-player-p-2581.html

I presume you can still get the 6 free films from any supplier


looking at Amazon's T&C's it states there's a CD-ROM in the box that you use to register your player online, then you get the discs.

Also it's £250 delivered here [URL="www.121electricals.com"]www.121electricals.com[/URL]
#8
avsie
Ive heard (so i dont know this for a fact) that the PS3 isnt the best Bluray player ever. So maybe someone would buy this as it is a dedicated BluRay player and may produce a better picture. (Im not totally up on how good a PS3 is compared to stand alone player - just offering something Ive heard an various podcast reviews in the past).


Quite the opposite mate, its one of the best out there. :thumbsup:
#9
stebo148
Anyone know if the free disc promo is somehow redeemable if you recently bought a PS3 (I know they did a similar promo in north america)


Welcome stebo148 :)

According to the PDF, its "Available on the BDP-S300 and BDP-S500." So no for the PS3 :-(
banned#10
I'd choose this cos I don't want no ugly PS3 underneath my TV if i'm just gonna use it for movies. Simple as I think.
#11
WORD OF WARNING !!!

Paramount dumps Sony's Blu-ray format



Viacom-owned studio opts for Toshiba's "affordable" HD-DVD technology, dumping Sony's Blu-ray discs



Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have dropped support for Sony’s Blu-ray next generation DVD format in a shock move that will see the two studios exclusively use Toshiba’s rival HD-DVD system.

Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, the media giant, previously released movies in both Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Significantly, it cited HD-DVD's cheaper costs as a decisive factor behind its decision to back it.

The latest development is a blow for Sony, which has invested heavily in Blu-ray. The battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD is widely being seen as a re-run of that in the 1970s and 1980s between Sony’s Betamax video format and VHS - a cheaper rival - a fight that Sony lost.

The move is also likely to prolong the confusion among consumers, who cannot be sure of buying a next-generation DVD system that does not become defunct after being beaten by an incompatible rival.

Analysts have consistently suggested that confusion over the formats is likely to seriously stymie demand for both Blu-ray and HD-DVD until a clear winner emerges.

Blu-ray still leads HD-DVD in terms of Hollywood support, having won the exclusive backing of five studios: Sony, Walt Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM.

By contrast, before today only Universal had opted to back HD-DVD exclusively. Paramount and Warner Bros had been making films available on both formats.

However, Sony last month took another hit when it emerged that Europe’s competition watchdog had launched a fresh probe into allegations of possible market rigging in the formats war, thought to centre on exclusivity deals linked to the Blu-ray format.

The European Commission sent requests for information to “several major Hollywood studios” in the second half of June. It is searching for any hints that talks between the studios and the groups behind the formats have given rise to arrangements that could be obstacles to free competition and illegal under European law.

Today’s announcement affects the upcoming DVD release of the blockbuster Shrek the Third and all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Brad Grey, chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, said: “Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theatre and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience.

”He added: “I believe HD-DVD is not only the affordable high-quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.”< !--[endif]-->

Written by: Rhy Blakely
#12
avsie
the PS3 isn't the best Bluray player ever



Yeah, caught wind of that rumour too and in my experience stand alone is probably the best option at the mo....
#13
Dont forget ... VHS v Sony's Betammax - Betamax was far superior than VHS ... but due to cost VHS won the battle

Also ... 3rd Dec 07 - Transfomers movie will be released exclusively to HD DVD !!!
#14
ranjadaganja
I'd choose this cos I don't want no ugly PS3 underneath my TV if i'm just gonna use it for movies. Simple as I think.


I would check this out first if I were you ...

http://www.hometheaterblog.com/hometheater/2007/06/sony_bdps300_bl.html
#15
CoolAsIce
WORD OF WARNING !!!

Paramount dumps Sony's Blu-ray format



Viacom-owned studio opts for Toshiba's "affordable" HD-DVD technology, dumping Sony's Blu-ray discs



Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have dropped support for Sony’s Blu-ray next generation DVD format in a shock move that will see the two studios exclusively use Toshiba’s rival HD-DVD system.

Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, the media giant, previously released movies in both Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Significantly, it cited HD-DVD's cheaper costs as a decisive factor behind its decision to back it.

The latest development is a blow for Sony, which has invested heavily in Blu-ray. The battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD is widely being seen as a re-run of that in the 1970s and 1980s between Sony’s Betamax video format and VHS - a cheaper rival - a fight that Sony lost.

The move is also likely to prolong the confusion among consumers, who cannot be sure of buying a next-generation DVD system that does not become defunct after being beaten by an incompatible rival.

Analysts have consistently suggested that confusion over the formats is likely to seriously stymie demand for both Blu-ray and HD-DVD until a clear winner emerges.

Blu-ray still leads HD-DVD in terms of Hollywood support, having won the exclusive backing of five studios: Sony, Walt Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM.

By contrast, before today only Universal had opted to back HD-DVD exclusively. Paramount and Warner Bros had been making films available on both formats.

However, Sony last month took another hit when it emerged that Europe’s competition watchdog had launched a fresh probe into allegations of possible market rigging in the formats war, thought to centre on exclusivity deals linked to the Blu-ray format.

The European Commission sent requests for information to “several major Hollywood studios” in the second half of June. It is searching for any hints that talks between the studios and the groups behind the formats have given rise to arrangements that could be obstacles to free competition and illegal under European law.

Today’s announcement affects the upcoming DVD release of the blockbuster Shrek the Third and all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Brad Grey, chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, said: “Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theatre and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience.

”He added: “I believe HD-DVD is not only the affordable high-quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.”< !--[endif]-->

Written by: Rhy Blakely


The important lines before anyone gets too excited about Paramount dropping BD
#16
I heard that the deciding factor in the war of any video format war was which one the porn industry "embraces".

Just google it: This is just one story of many! Though this particular story is old... so the content may not reflect what format the porn industry current support... some say they will just stick with dvd as they don't want the high def to show up blemishes :S
#17
All the adults here know that the big Hollywood studios are not the biggest power in the video format wars and certainly won't decide it - wink wink. This was also the case in the BM / VHS battle and will have a big impact on the blue-ray hd-dvd battle as well no doubt.
#18
sophamundo
All the adults here know that the big Hollywood studios are not the biggest power in the video format wars and certainly won't decide it - wink wink. This was also the case in the BM / VHS battle and will have a big impact on the blue-ray hd-dvd battle as well no doubt.


Although I would assume that online content is going to be more important in this particular case. Which I beleive is the way Microsoft want things to go anyway, hence their non-commital over a high-def format.
#19
Still a very expensive way to get on the HD ladder, time after time HD DVD always come up cheaper.
#20
That's T3 magazine agreeing with What Hi-Fi, that the PS3 is the best value Blu-ray player to buy and the cheapest:thumbsup:

As well as being a game................etc.
banned#21
fairytooth


The important part of that article being that they think this player isnt very good (not true HD and only HDMI 1.1 compatible!).

Given the lack of TrueHD compatibility (in its current state) and the previous unearthing of the HDMI 1.1 transmitter chip, I'll have to temper my recommendation even further. At this point if you're looking for a stand-alone Blu-ray player I can't wholeheartedly recommend the BDP-S300 quite as easily as before these issues came to light. It's still a [I]good player, but certainly not quite as good as our first impressions indicated. For what it's worth; I feel I've paid my penance for my original oversights, 'Ghost Rider' was truly abysmal.[/I]
#22
Who would buy this when you can get a ps3 witha game for the same price - madness
#23
well I bought this over a ps3 because I didn't want another video console. I got it from 1stAudioVisual for £238 which is a good 60 quid cheaper than a ps3 and it came with a voucher to recieve the spiderman trilogy.

Also you have to buy the remote for the ps3 separate, and no the control pad isn't a decent substitue.

This player is quieter than a ps3 and does produce a sharper picture.

If u just want something to play blu-ray disks this is a cheaper alternative to a ps3 with results just as good if not better.

Firmware updates have fixed a lot of the initial problems since the reviews.

Oh and it looks a million times better than a ps3 under your tv.
#24
ne0star
well I bought this over a ps3 because I didn't want another video console. I got it from 1stAudioVisual for £238 which is a good 60 quid cheaper than a ps3 and it came with a voucher to recieve the spiderman trilogy.

Also you have to buy the remote for the ps3 separate, and no the control pad isn't a decent substitue.

This player is quieter than a ps3 and does produce a sharper picture.

If u just want something to play blu-ray disks this is a cheaper alternative to a ps3 with results just as good if not better.

Firmware updates have fixed a lot of the initial problems since the reviews.

Oh and it looks a million times better than a ps3 under your tv.


But thats madness £280 for a blu rya player that could lose against hd-dvd at least with a ps3 youve got a games console to fall back on
#25
Well in the latest What hi-fi mag, the PS3 again is the blu-ray to buy, so that is three reviews now that say buy the PS3 just for the blu-ray alone as the picture is equal if not better. Remember you are buying the PS3 at a vastly reduced price, probably less than cost.

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