The world no longer has to wait, two of Toshiba's second generation Blu-ray players are now on sale. The BDX2500 and BDX2700 are differentiated by the former's lack of integrated WiFi and a few external design cues, but both are packing VUDU, Netflix and Blockbuster On Demand for those who don't mind switching it up for discless movie watching on occasion. The 3D capable BDX3000 is still waiting in the wings, but these should provide some competition for LG's Blu-ray boxes for now. The MSRP on the BDX2500 has dropped $20 to $179, while the BDX2700 is still $249, which should make them a more compelling option than last year's initial BDX2000 effort.

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Toshiba's New Blu-ray(TM) Players Deliver Extreme Entertainment to Today's Home Theaters

WAYNE, N.J., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), an innovator in consumer electronics and digital home entertainment, today announced the availability of its latest Blu-ray Disc players, the BDX2500 and BDX2700. Perfect for consumers who demand a variety of entertainment options, Toshiba's new models are a great addition to any modern home theater setup.

Both players include Wi-Fi® capabilities, allowing consumers to connect to a wide range of streaming content. With BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®, consumers can watch the latest movies the same day they are released on DVD/Blu-ray with no monthly fee. Instant streaming from Netflix® allows Netflix members to instantly watch tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies, many in high definition, directly on their HDTV. VUDU™ Movies offers true 1080p HD and gives viewers access to over 3,000 HD movies on demand. The BDX2500 and BDX2700 also stream a wide array of music from Pandora® internet radio. A standard Ethernet connection is also included with both models.

With their ability to play Blu-ray Discs in Full HD 1080p at a smooth, theater-like 24fps, and upconvert standard DVDs to near HD quality, the players are capable of showing movies, concerts, and more with richness and detail. The BDX2500 and BDX2700 can also play home videos, photos, and music on the HDTV from a USB or SD/SDHC card.

"The idea of home entertainment now goes beyond being able to watch crisp, high-definition video," said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Digital A/V Group. "With the BDX2500 and BDX2700, we are providing consumers an extreme entertainment experience by offering the ability to stream music and video from a multitude of choices."

With the players connected to the internet, and a touch of the remote, consumers can easily access bonus features on select Blu-ray Discs (BD-Live™ and Bonus View™), from interactive games and sites to unique trailers and commentary. To match the exceptional visual quality, the BDX2500 and BDX2700 provide built-in decoding of the latest HD audio formats, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio / Essential™ via analog 7.1 Channel audio outputs or pass through via HDMI® interface for outboard decoding. For greater convenience and usability, the players' HDMI connection is HDMI®-CEC compatible, which lets users control both the Blu-ray player and most connected HDTVs with just one remote.

High quality meets high design in Toshiba's new players. Both the BDX2500 and BDX2700 are designed with subtle sophistication, courtesy of a deep, gloss black finish with brushed metallic trim, and a blue LCD display next to the primary function buttons. The BDX2700 includes metallic-trimmed foot pedestals, and a light-up Blu-ray logo for added distinction.

Product Feature Highlights:

· Full HD 1080p / 24fps Blu-ray Disc playback, with standard DVD upconversion

· Access to online content from Netflix®, BLOCKBUSTER® On Demand, VUDU™, and Pandora® internet Radio, using either wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi® connection BDX2500 requires optional wireless adapter – sold separately; BDX2700 includes built-in Wi-Fi capability

· HD audio support, including Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential™

· BD-Live™ (BD Profile 2.0) and Bonus View™ compatible

· AVCHD video, HD JPEG/JPEG photo, and MP3/WMA audio file playback

· HDMI connection with HDMI®-CEC control

· 7.1-Channel analog audio outputs

· USB port and SD/SDHC card slot



Pricing and Availability:

BDX2500 (available now, MSRP $179.99)

BDX2700 (available now, MSRP $249.99)



About Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("TACP") is owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. TACP markets and sells a full line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TVs, Hi-Definition Blu-ray Disc players, TV/DVD Combination products and portable devices. TACP is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For additional information, please visit www.tacp.toshiba.com or www.toshibatv.com.



Important Notes:

BDX2500 requires a wireless adapter – sold separately. Viewing HD content and up-converting DVD content may require an HDCP capable input on your display device. Up-conversion of DVD content will result in near HD picture quality. 1080p capable display required for viewing content in 1080p. Performance of interactive and/or network features may vary due to disc design or content, and may also require an always-on broadband internet connection. Firmware update may be required for some interactive and/or network features. Some features may require additional bandwith. BD-Live™ may require an SD or SDHC card with available storage capacity of at least 1GB. Internet services are available only in the United States. VUDU™, Netflix®, Blockbuster®, Pandora® and other internet services are not provided by Toshiba, may change or be discontinued at any time and may be subject to internet service provider restrictions. Toshiba makes no warranties, representations, or assurances about the content, availability or functionality of third-party content or services. Use of third party internet services may require the creation of a separate account through a computer with internet access. Not all VUDU services may be available on or compatible with these products. Third party internet services may require payment of one-time and/or recurring charges. Some recordable media may not be supported. For Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential ™ playback, content encoded in Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential ™ format required. Viewing 1080p/24 fps output requires content that was encoded in 1080p/24 fps and an HD display capable of accepting a 1080p/24Hz signal. Supported file types: JPEG, MP3, WMA, and AVCHD. Some cards or files may not be supported. Deep Color feature as specified in HDMI specification requires compatible Deep Color capable HD display and/or device. Use of HDMI-CEC requires an HDMI-CEC compatible display device. Depending on the specifications of your display device, some or all functions may not work even if your display device is HDMI-CEC compatible. Products do not play HD DVD discs. Some features subject to delayed availability. Because Blu-ray is a format using new technologies, certain disc, connection and other compatibility and/or performance issues are possible. If you experience such issues, please refer to www.tacp.toshiba.com for information on the availability of firmware updates that may resolve your problem, or contact Toshiba Customer Solutions. While every effort has been made at the time of publication to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications, configurations, system/component/options availability are all subject to change without notice.



BLOCKBUSTER name, design and related marks are trademarks of Blockbuster Inc.



"Blu-ray", BD-Live" and "BonusView" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.



Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.



DTS and the Symbol are registered trademarks & the DTS logos are trademarks of DTS, Inc.



HDMI, the HDMI Logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.



Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc.



Pandora is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.



VUDU is a trademark of VUDU, Inc.



Wi-Fi is a registered mark of Wi-Fi Alliance.



All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.



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