Sony BDP-S1E, European Blu-ray player forthcoming
Although pending official announcement Sony UK, reliable sources are indicating that their first European Blu-ray Disc player, the BDP-S1E, will arrive in May 2007 for £999.99.
The BDP-S1E appears to be the European localised version of Sony's American BDP-S1 player (which is available from Sony USA for $999.95), rather than the newer slimmed-down second-generation unit, the BDP-S300 (which will launch in the USA for $600 during the Summer).
The BDP-S1E will feature 1080p video output, including the 1080p/24 standard, which is the holy grail for achieving truly judder-free playback (albeit on a small number of currently compatible displays). As it appears to be an adaptation of the American unit, it is likely that it will follow in its footsteps and will not be able to play conventional CDs, DVD Audio discs, or SACDs. It will, however, support the Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats on Blu-ray movie discs, and will upscale current DVDs to 1080p.
More news on the BDP-S1E as it arrives.