Panasonic stops us feeling Blu with next-gen player

With crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s sad demise at the tail of a stingray, Blu-ray might find itself unfairly shunned.Us Stuffers know, however,

With crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s sad demise at the tail of a stingray, Blu-ray might find itself unfairly shunned.Us Stuffers know, however, that the two are very different beasts and the only sting in the tail of Blu-ray is the uncertainty over its triumph in the hi-def disc battle.Stepping in to help fight Blu-ray’s corner is Panasonic’s DMP-BD10 player, which is able to process 15 billion pixels per second with its P4HD tech, giving smooth motion and sharp lines.We had an extra special gander at the player recently and it seemed to provide the most impressive results on animated movies, with the terrain in Ice Age 2 looking particularly chilly. Saying that, Jason Statham’s Transporter 2 and Kingdom of Heaven looked resplendent too.Compared to conventional DVD, which handles four levels of movement, the player will deal with 16 different speeds – from entirely stationary to Bugatti Veyron-like swiftness – and up-convert any content recorded in 480i, 480p, 720p or 1080i, all the way to 1080p HD nirvana. That’s not forgetting the eight channels of audio and nifty HDAVI control, which will let you control compatible kit with the same remote.Oddly, there’s no Ethernet port, so the forthcoming BD Live online content will be useless to early adopters who pick one of these up when it goes on sale next month.