Portable DivX Blu-ray players arrive

San Diego (CA) – DivX and Panasonic have launched the world’s first DivX certified portable Blu-ray Disc player.

Available from today in the US, Canada, France and Australia, the portable Panasonic DMP-B15 will be available in the rest of the world shortly, say the companies, who also claim that DivX enables more than six hours of video to fit on one DVD without sacrificing quality. The DMP-B15 can be connected to a HDTV or used as a stand alone Blu-ray player.

“As the pioneer in the development of DVD and Blu-ray technologies, we are pleased to bring the first portable Blu-ray player to market with DivX Certified video playback,” says Kazuhiko Nakamura from Panasonic.

“The Blu-ray player market is significant and growing, accounting for nine percent of the total stand alone player market in 2009, up from just over five percent in 2008,” said Sheri Greenspan, senior analyst at iSuppli.

“This… will fuel the growth of the Blu-ray market and extend the reach of our high-quality DivX video ecosystem,” said Kevin Hell, Chief Executive Officer of DivX. “Products such as this enable consumers to enjoy the DivX video experience seamlessly, anytime, anywhere. We look forward to expanding our business relationship with Panasonic as they continue to innovate and develop the latest in consumer electronics.”

Pricing was not revealed.