JVC have announced they are going to release their very first blu-ray player on U.S soil. Having previously only released their players elsewhere, the brand new JVC XV-PB1 blu-ray player will be the first.
The JVC XV-PB1 will offer the latest BD-Live technology, be full blu-ray profile 2.0 compatible and support AVCHD playback. JVC call the XV-PB1 a low profile, versatile high definition player, offering both blu-ray disc playback, and AVCHD format playback, which is often used in HD camcorders.
BD live support on the JVC XVPB1 allows for Internet connectivity to access movie trailers, updates, shopping, games, chat and firmware updates.
Connectivity wise, the JVC XV-PB1 has HDMI 1.3 (with Deep Color / x.v.Color), component, composite, Ethernet, USB, and optical and coaxial audio outputs. The JVC XV-PB1 can decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS and DTS HD audio formats, and playback JPEG photos, and WMA / MP3 music files.
Full 1080p/24p is supported along, with full 1080p DVD upscaling, and CD support.
Expect to find the JVC XV-PB1 for a MSRP of $299 in March ’09.
update: The JVC XV-PB1 blu-ray player can playback DivX, AVCHD, MKV and MPEG-4 content in 1080p from USB devices. MKV files are becoming more and more common, and the JVC XV-PB1 supports 1080p decoding and output of these files.