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04 April 2006

HD-DVD Vs Blu-Ray: The Battle Continues

Samsung Have Announced Today That The Launch Of Their Blu-Ray Standard Disc Player Will Now Be Delayed Until June


At stake is a £14 billion-a-year home video market, and with Samsung announcing today that their Blu-Ray standard disc player will now be rescheduled from May until June, the HD-DVD camp will be laughing.

Samsung have said "We still anticipate that the Samsung BD-P1000 will be the first Blu-Ray player to launch at a national level in the United States". However, with studios like Lionsgate having already announced the release of compatible film titles for the original date, it's not good news. Nor is it good news that Toshiba have plans to offer two HD-DVD models to the US market from April.

I think the only good news I have, is that Samsung have added a couple more features to the BD-P1000 spec.:
1080p up conversion of DVDs (apparently only via HDMI out)
Support for 11 (up from 9) memory card formats, adding Mini-SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo
But lets hope Blu-Ray are not doing a HD-DVD all over again. Because if they are, Toshiba, NEC, Hewlett Packard, and LG (firms supporting the HD-DVD standard) are looking to be in poll position for capturing a good part of that £14 billion-a-year home video market.

So, fingers crossed for Blu-Ray that I won't be reporting of any more delays.

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