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Old Apr 10, 2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Samsung goes format neutral: Samsung BD-UP5000 hybrid HD DVD/BD Standalone

http://www.stor-age.com/dongtai/xinp...04041220IY.asp

Supports 720p/1080i/1080p for both formats
HDMI 1.3
Meets specs of both formats, Full HDi/BD-J support
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~$699-$899 depending on relative pricing of BD-P1200 at release (hybrid unit will be ~$100 more)
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 03:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good player. Doesn't really strike me because Samsung and Toshiba has been married for long (TSSH).
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 09:30 AM   #3
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but wasn't samsung a formerly BD-only supporter?
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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but wasn't samsung a formerly BD-only supporter?
They was and still are. They even had a laptop with a HD-DVD drive and then swapped it for Blu-Ray drive. I'm not sure if they still ship some of the M55 laptops with HD-DVD drive. Only bit of news here is that they made a dualformat player with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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They was and still are. They even had a laptop with a HD-DVD drive and then swapped it for Blu-Ray drive. I'm not sure if they still ship some of the M55 laptops with HD-DVD drive. Only bit of news here is that they made a dualformat player with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support.
Which of course, no longer makes them a bd-only supporter as your first sentence states.

Samsung is now a supporter of both HD DVD and Blu-Ray.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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According to the vendor who frequents AVS Forum, the MSRP for the BD-UP5000 will likely be around $1000 USD...which probably places the street price at launch somewhere in the $850-ish range. Still a mite too rich for me right now, even if it is fully dual-format...
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 04:54 PM   #7
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Which of course, no longer makes them a bd-only supporter as your first sentence states.

Samsung is now a supporter of both HD DVD and Blu-Ray.
Oh sorry about that I read that he stated BD supporter, not BD-only supporter...
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http://www.stor-age.com/dongtai/xinp...04041220IY.asp

Supports 720p/1080i/1080p for both formats
HDMI 1.3
Meets specs of both formats, Full HDi/BD-J support
Faroujda DCDi Processing
Release Summer 2007
~$699-$899 depending on relative pricing of BD-P1200 at release (hybrid unit will be ~$100 more)
Since Sony is under cutting ALL the other BD hardware partners it's surprising that more aren't making HD-DVD players. Why buy a $800-$1200 BD player when you can get a $500-$600 PS3.
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Old Apr 12, 2007, 03:15 AM   #9
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Since Sony is under cutting ALL the other BD hardware partners it's surprising that more aren't making HD-DVD players. Why buy a $800-$1200 BD player when you can get a $500-$600 PS3.
So why on earth would they make a 600$ HD-DVD player when Toshiba is selling them on loss at 300$ Oh wait they aren't because there isn't any money to be made with HD-DVD players. I suspect more manufacturers to announce dual format players as there is clearly a market for them now. Hopefully this trend wont continue, because we consumers will end up paying for the royalties... Not to mention there is no quarantee how error prone those dual lens readers are or what ever tech they decide to use.

PS3 doesn't eat up standalone market so much. It would be another story if Sony were doing the same thing as Toshiba is...
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What?

PS3 is by FAR the leading seller for BD.
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PS3 is by FAR the leading seller for BD.
Yes it is, but you missed my point. There will still be standalone market for those who doesn't want to use a console for playback. Feed your market with underpriced standalones and there are no markets left for other companies.
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http://www.samsung.com/PressCenter/P...413_0000338109

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Seoul, Korea – April 13, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., LTD., a leader in consumer electronics and digital media technologies, and the first company to introduce a Blu-ray disc player will introduce a dual format High-Definition (HD) optical disc player in time for the holidays.

Samsung’s Duo HD player (BD-UP5000) will fully support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats and their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java. With the Duo HD consumers can enjoy additional studio content such as trailers, director’s comments, more elaborate interactive menus and behind the scene footage. The new Duo HD joins Samsung’s next generation DVD line-up which includes Samsung’s second generation Blu-ray player available at retail this month. Together, these two models offer the consumer a strong line of High-Definition players to match Samsung’s award winning, and best selling, line of HDTVs.

"We welcome Samsung's Duo HD player as another solution in the marketplace that will help reduce consumer confusion and buyer hesitancy towards HD media," said Ron Sanders, President of Warner Home Video. "This is an innovative product that can move us closer to mainstream consumer adoption of HD technologies."

“We are very pleased to announce the upcoming release of our Duo HD player. Consumers are hungry for more HD content but are currently confused about competing formats. Samsung’s Duo HD player will allow consumers access to every HD movie title available regardless of the authoring format. Samsung is committed to making life simpler through technology and will market next generation DVD products which will satisfy the consumer and market requirement. This is a big win for the consumer.
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As a member of the DVD Forum and contributor to the DVD Industry, we recognize that both HD-DVD and BD formats have merits. As such, we have decided to market a dual format player. Samsung is flexible to market a stand-alone HD-DVD player whenever consumers demand it. Our main concern is not technology but consumer choice” said Dongsoo Jun, Executive Vice President of the Digital AV Division at Samsung Electronics.
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At least this is isn't a rushed peace of crap like that LG player or whatever it was.
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