Samsung Player Delay Delivers Blow to Blu-Ray
Posted Tue Apr 4, 2006 at 01:33 PM PDT by
The launch of the much anticipated high-def DVD Blu-Ray format was dealt a blow yesterday, with Samsung officially announcing that it will delay the first Blu-Ray player
from its scheduled May 23 release to June 25,
reports Home Media Retailing.
Samsung said the month-long delay of its $999 BD-P1000 Blu-Ray Disc Player was necessary to accomodate "compatibility
testing" with Blu-Ray software, as well as to add support for 1080p via the
deck's HDMI outputs.
The electronics giant had originally planned the BD-P1000's release to coincide
with Sony's initial batch of Blu-Ray titles on May 23. As word of a possible Samsung delay leaked out last week, Sony told the media that it intends to push ahead with its
software launch on schedule, even without any available hardware to play it on.
"We realize there may be some delays on the hardware side, but we are going
to honor our commitment to release movies when we said we would,” Sony Home
Entertainment pres Benjamin Feingold told HMR last week.
Meanwhile, Blu-Ray's rival high-def format, HD-DVD -- following months of its own delays -- looks to finally be moving full speed ahead with its launch. Toshiba released its first two players in Japan late last week, and announced that it had begun shipping them to the U.S., where they
are due to hit stores on April 18, the same day Warner issues its first HD-DVD disc titles.