Pioneer Delays First Blu-ray Player

Posted Wed Jun 7, 2006 at 10:57 AM PDT by
Pioneer BDP-HD1 Blu-Ray Player Due to "interoperability" issues, electronics giant Pioneer said Tuesday it will push back the launch of its first Blu-ray player to September, reports Home Media Retailing.

The company's BDP-HD1 was initially slated to launch in June and retail for $1,800, but Pioneer decided to hold off to spend more time testing players and working on interoperability.

"We decided to hold off for bit just to make sure everything works well relative to all the various studios that are planning to ship BD titles," said Andy Parsons, SVP of the industrial solutions business group at Pioneer Electronics. "Launching a new format is fairly big effort, and you have such a broad spectrum of capabilities with the media itself, including BD-Java, content protection layers and various authoring tools that are being brought up to speed."

Pioneer has also announced they will drop the original $1,800 suggested list price of the BDP-HD1 to $1,500 when it hits stores in September.
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