Samsung has thrown its weight entirely behind its dual-format Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD player and will de-emphasis its BD-only offerings, online reports suggest. However, the two-format machine, the BD-U5000, may have been delayed. Separate reports point to a December release in the US, with the European debut taking place early in 2008.
But missing the key US Thanksgiving and European Christmas sales periods - again, if that is what's going to happen; Samsung hasn't confirmed the claim - may prove a mistake. Samsung clearly has its reasons - releasing at a better price point, getting better support for BD's interactivity features, sensing insufficiently demand for either HD format right now are all possibles.