HD fans – 2006 looks like being your year. Pioneer has confirmed it plans to launch its first Blu-Ray based high definition compatible DVD player in April. Likely to be one of the first Blu-Ray DVD players available in the UK (rivals Samsung and LG are close to launching too), the BDP-HD1 is capable of outputting 1920 x 1080 high def video signals over HDMI/HDCP. In addition to new Blu-Ray discs, Pioneer say the player will also handle DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD+R/RW discs. It will also be compatible with the WMV, DiVX, DiVX-HD and MPEG2 video formats.
Compatible audio formats will include WMA, MP3 and LCM. It will also play back JPEG files. Pioneer has also announced a new 1080p plasma monitor, the PRO-FHD1. Due to ship in June, it’s a 50inch model.