The BDP-S1100 is now available to pre-order for $89 from Sony online. Ships out on the 17th Feb. A competitive price for the entry level player.
We should see the S3100 later this month, with the S5100 in early March.
Its interesting to see the Sony are finally admitting that VC-1 encoded video can be played in a M2TS container (over DLNA and USB) ... well be knew that Sony .... you have that on the 2012 players ;-)
VC1 (.m2ts, .mts) : Yes (BD, DVD, CD, USB)
A few things to note with this "base player", BDP-S1100
No WI-FI. Wired Ethernet only.
Does NOT support DLNA.
There is NO internet browser
Does NOT support Super Audio CD
There is NO analog video or audio outputs whatsoever.
There is only one USB input (on the front of the player)
There is only one digital audio output which is COAXIAL.
The 3100 adds:
WI-FI support (2.4GHz)
Internet Browser with Opera TV store
Gracenote "lookup" support
TV Sideview Android and iPhone App support
The 5100 adds:
Extra USB port in rear