Vizio Delays Blu-ray Player for Several Months

Vizio turned a lot of industry heads in the past few years by selling tons of low-cost HD panels, mostly through big-box discount stores like Walmart and Costco. Not too shabby for a brand name that was virtually unheard of about three years ago. So when Vizio announced last January at CES in Las Vegas that it was rolling out a Blu-ray Disc player this spring for no more than $200, heads turned again.

But, alas, such is not to be the case—at least not for a few months more.

Originally slated for a late-April release, Vizio now says its Blu-ray player (VBR100) is more likely looking at an August release (and should it be delayed a bit longer, presumably it would still be up and running in plenty of time for the 2009 holiday sales season).

Vizio reportedly was showing an upconverted standard DVD feed via an HDMI jack back at CES that was switchable between 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The VBR100 model also housed 7.1-analog rear jacks to output decoded Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA.