Blu-ray went new kinds of wireless at CES earlier this year, with LG and Samsung both adding Wi-Fi to their Blu-ray players. Who better to play catch up than the creator of the format, Sony? It just announced its first standalone Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi in Las Vegas -- the BDP-S560.
True, the PlayStation 3 had Wi-Fi from the day it was squeezed from Sony's monstrous pelvis, but if it ain't standalone, it ain't countin'. The S560 is the successor to 2008's S550, includes on-board decoding of the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats, and of course 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The Wi-Fi will be used for accessing BD Live Blu-ray features without the need to drag an unsightly Ethernet cable into your pristine lounge. You'll also be able to view photos from DLNA-certified hardware, but there's no mention whether audio and video will be accessible as well. We rather think not.
No UK price or release date has been announced, but we expect availability in the summer.