Bucking Rumors of Delays, Samsung Ships First Blu-Ray Player

Posted Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 12:05 AM PDT by
Samsung [Logo] Despite media reports to the contrary, Samsung has announced it has begun shipping its first Blu-ray player to retailers nationwide to coincide with the release next week of the first Blu-ray disc releases.

Though media outlets including IMDB.com and Pocket-lint reported earlier this week that the scheduled June 25 launch date for Samsung's first BD-P1000 Blu-ray player had been officially delayed until September, a spokesperson for the electronics manufacturer confirmed late yesterday to PC World that the next-gen deck would still ship on schedule.

Blu-ray is not delayed," said Jim Sanduski, senior vice president of marketing for Samsung's audio and video products group. "We have thousands of units that are in transit to retail today; they have already shipped from our warehouse, and will be received over the course of the next week.You can expect significant retailer advertising announcing that Blu-ray has arrived."

Sanduski added that Samsung plans to launch the $999 BD-P1000 "with more storefronts and more quanitity than Toshiba," which released its first two HD DVD decks to retailers last month.

To further alloy fears, Samsung also issued an official press release heralding the arrival of the BD-P1000. The full release can be read here via the company's corporate website.
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