Toshiba's to release four new Blu-ray players in 2012

We'll never get over how odd it seems that Toshiba makes Blu-ray players, but nonetheless they do and have four new ones for 2012. By the looks of them, they all fit the new Aero family design, feature streaming options like Netflix, VUDU and MediaShare (a DLNA interface). The main differentiator is that the BDX3300 and BDX5300 include built-in WiFi while the BDX2300 and BDX4300 are simply WiFi ready -- only the 4300 and 5300 output 3D. None of them have prices yet, according to the press release after the break, but they are all due in April, with the exception of the BDX330, which is due in May.

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Four New Smart BD Models Feature MediaShare and Sleek Aero Design
LAS VEGAS, CES 2012, LVCC Central Hall Booth #11026 - Jan. 10, 2012 - Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its 2012 lineup of Smart Blu-ray DiscTM/DVD players1, featuring an all new AeroTM Design and new capabilities that allow consumers to directly stream A/V media services and also connect to a home network. With 2D, 3D and Wi-Fi® connectivity options, Toshiba offers Blu-ray player options to meet all home entertainment needs.

"Toshiba's new Smart Blu-ray players double as both high-quality Blu-ray and DVD players and fully connected A/V streaming devices," said Scott Ramirez, vice president of product marketing and development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "With A/V streaming and MediaShare capabilities, Toshiba's Blu-ray Disc players bring Smart connectivity to any room in the home."

New Features
-Aero Design: Toshiba's new Blu-ray players share the new Aero family design with Toshiba LED TVs. All models include the silver Aero wing and low profile design. 3D models add a wider 430mm chassis to better match other A/V components.

- A/V Streaming: Toshiba's Smart Blu-ray Players include a variety of A/V streaming applications including Netflix, VUDU, YouTube and more. Toshiba has also included the Vudu Apps aggregation service for access to dozens of additional Internet widgets that offer a wide variety of content options.

- MediaShare: MediaShare is a simple DLNA® interface that allows the Smart Blu-ray players to easily access content from other DLNA-compatible devices. Connecting a Smart Blu-ray player to any TV instantly connects that room to the home network, and allows access to all of one's stored A/V content.

- USB Video: With USB Video, users can enjoy videos, music, photos and more on the big screen right from a USB flash drive.

2012 Blu-ray Player Line-up
he BDX2300 and BDX3300 are Toshiba's new 2D Smart Blu- ray players. With 1080p full HD playback, BD-Live, Netflix, VUDU and other A/V streaming capabilities to access content via an Internet-connection, DolbyTM True HD and DTS HD for 7.1 channel surround, HDMI and USB Video ports, these players offer a complete entertainment experience, while maintaining great value.
The BDX2300 is Wi-Fi ready and will be available in April. The BDX3300 includes built- in Wi-Fi and will be available in May.

The BDX4300 and BDX5300 are Toshiba's new 3D Smart Blu-ray players. These models include all of the functionality of the 2D models, plus 1080p 3D HD playback.

The BDX4300 is Wi-Fi ready and will be available in April. The BDX5300 includes built- in Wi-Fi and will also be available in April.