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Samsung delays Blu-ray disc player launch until late June

Posted: 05 Apr 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dennis Barker  Samsung  Blu-ray 

Samsung is rescheduling its initial U.S. Blu-Ray player launch from May 23 to June 25 in order to complete compatibility testing with several Blu-Ray test discs that will become available in late April from product manufacturers and content providers.

According to the company, the hardware development for Samsung's BD-P1000 Blu-Ray player has already been completed and will be ready for mass production in Suwon, South Korea once the compatibility tests are passed. The company still anticipates that its BD-P1000 will be the first Blu-Ray player to launch at a national level in the United Sates.

Samsung also noted that two features have been added to the BD-P1000 model without changing the expected Rs.44,595.36 ($999) street price. The player will have a native 1080p output via HDMI for Blu-Ray software titles that are digitally mastered in 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 1080p upconversion of conventional DVDs through the HDMI digital interface.

Additionally, the company has upgraded the built-in 9-in-2 multi memory card interface to 11-in-2 by adding support for Mini-SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo formats. By including a memory card interface into a Blu-Ray player, the native high definition resolution contained in 3Mpixel or larger digital still pictures can be enjoyed on a high definition television.

- Dennis Barker
Digital TV Designline

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