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Samsung cancels plans for HD DVD Blu-ray combi player introduction

March 7th, 2008 · No Comments

In a move sure to disappoint HD DVD owners looking to migrate to the Blu-ray format, Samsung has shelved plans to introduce its BD-UP5500 Duo HD dual-format player. The company cites ‘recent announcements’ for its cancellation. In a statement, the company said: “Now that Blu-ray has been chosen as the next-generation format, the consumer can move forward with confidence and enjoy the incredible experience that Blu-ray offers. Samsung believes that a multi-format player like the current BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player (Duo) offers the best and only solution for consumers that want access to all available High-Definition titles in the short term. It remains a practical solution, but the window of opportunity is smaller than it was before. In light of recent announcements, Samsung will not introduce the BD-UP5500 Duo HD Player.”
In related news: With little fanfare, consumer electronics chain Circuit City has extended its HD DVD replacement service. It allows US HD DVD owners to swap their player for Blu-ray machines. Customers need only show their original Circuit City receipt and pay the difference between machines, to get a spanking new BD player. Those that do not want a BD player can have a gift voucher for the appropriate amount.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

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