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Samsung delays Blu-ray player launch

April 4th, 2006 · No Comments


Samsung, the most aggressive of the Blu-ray hardware group, has conceded that it will not be in a position to ship its debut player, the BD-P1000, into the US market on May 23, as advertised. It’s now expected late June or early July. A tentative date of June 25 has been ventured, along with a street price of $1000.
The delay has been necessary, says Samsung, in order to complete compatibility testing with pre-recorded Blu-ray test media. On the plus side, the brand has taken the opportunity to revise upwards the unit’s feature specification. The player will now offer a native 1080p output via HDMI as well as up-conversion of standard DVD, plus a memory card interface able to cope with eleven formats, including Mini-SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo. Digital camera images up to 3MP can be delivered onto an HD screen.
“We still anticipate that the Samsung BD-P1000 will be the first Blu-Ray player to launch at a national level in the United Sates,” said a company spokesperson, defiantly. The units will be manufactured Suwon, South Korea.

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