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Samsung to Discontinue BD-UP5000 in May (Duel format player)

While we've become accustomed to Blu-ray players being released every six months, it's a little ridiculous when we're forced to wait for a new player longer than it's on the market. Eventually we expect the cycle to slow down -- like when BD Live players are out for example -- and many believed that the Samsung BD-UP5000 could be one of those players based on promises when announced. Once you have an Ethernet port for internet content, REON video processing, internal decoding and bitstream support for every codec, discrete analog output, as well as HDMI 1.3, what else could possibly warrant a mid year revamp? We suspect the problem is that the player isn't delivering, and on top of that, we don't think it's Samsung's fault. You see, just like the LG BH200, the BD-UP5000 is based on Broadcom's Reference design BCM97440, and the word on the street is that it isn't ever going to deliver. So it'd make sense that Sammy would change the platform for one that's actually able to get the job done. So yeah, this Broadcom bit is just speculation, but we did contact the outfit to figure out what the deal was, and while it was very responsive at first, as soon as we asked about the troubles with the BCM97400, it must'a lost our email address (or maybe its servers have been down for a week). The good news is that Samsung doesn't see the BD-UP5500 as a replacement, and promises a suitable replacement for the high-end dual-format customer in the second half of '08.

**Update** Samsung says that the date it'll be discontinued is subject to change.

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Darkiewonder3285d ago

That will cut the cost of production for them.

zambrota3285d ago

when you know that the other format is so dead

GrizAdams3285d ago

I'd love for you to explain to me what a duel format player is.

zambrota3285d ago

Samsung was the ONLY and LAST tech giant to support Hd dvd besides Toshiba(ofcourse)

Toshiba should not waste time and money . Rather they should make BD players and save some money

paul_war3285d ago

This news is pointless & they are not given up on HD-DVD:

"The good news is that Samsung doesn't see the BD-UP5500 as a replacement, and promises a suitable replacement for the high-end dual-format customer in the second half of '08."

They will be releasing another duel-format player.

zambrota3285d ago

why are you giving people false hope.

Samsung said that out of the rhetoric.

"**Update** Samsung says that the date it'll be discontinued is subject to change. "

they said that so that they dont want to look bad to Toshiba.

No one will ever buy a duel format player when ONE format is just dead

paul_war3285d ago

don't worry, I'm blu through & through.

Just think your post was a bit missleading, especially given that last sentence.

zambrota3285d ago

misleading?

People will buy 2 horses (0ne being dead ) at extra cost.

No company except Samsung were even making the DUAL F player.

Blu ray standalone players outsold hd dvd standalones 93:7 last week.

why would i buy a dual f player when i can get a blu ray player at a much cheaper price

paul_war3285d ago

Simple, to take advantage of the hd-dvd's that are already out, there are some I want:

The Pianist
Hot Fuzz
Children of Men
Heroes: Season One
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
for example.

Though guess I'll have to wait ... I really don't want Toshiba to drag this out to long.

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Iron Man 23285d ago

It only makes sense,HD DVD is dead afterall;)

GodsHand3285d ago

Is it? Its like saying Elvis is dead, or Tupac. They just don't seem to die.

tk3285d ago

The dual player thing will fail... There is no point to it. HD-DVD is dead.. so why make a more expensive player when you will not find new content for it?

resistance1003284d ago

The one reason i can think of, it those with large HD DVD collections, buying a dual format player will mean they can keep there collections and buy blu-ray without the need for 2 players.

Still the market for this product will dry out soon

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