Samsung: Dual-Format Blu-ray/HD DVD Player Now Shipping

Despite reports to the contrary, Samsung says its BD-UP5000 dual-format high-def disc player is shipping "as we speak," and will hit stores at a price lower than previously announced.

Rumors of a delay for the manufacturer's first dual-format player surfaced earlier this week after a listing at Amazon bumped the player's release to January 15, but a Samsung spokesman told Dealerscope on Wednesday that the player is currently shipping to stores, and that it should be on shelves by "mid-to-late December."

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DrRage773946d ago

does anyone else find it interesting that samsung decided to make a dual format blu-ray/hd-dvd player when it used to be only producing blu-ray? if blu-ray was doing so great and clearly coming out as the winner, why would they make a dual format player? oh wait, it's because STAND ALONE players are what really reflects the market for hd formats, and since sonyhas been decieving people by including ps3 sales as part of their blu-ray sales, peopel thought blu-ray was on it's way to wiping the floor with hd-dvd.....too bad that hd-dvd is actually selling better on stand alone players, which is where a company like samsung would make it's money from....

Antiomo3945d ago

what makes the market is the consumers that buy the media.

Blu-ray sales have been constantly beating hd-dvd even in the hd-dvd's strong hold territory of North America.

Times have changed, but again you fanboys negate the fact that ps3 is a viable blu-ray player why ... cuz media sales is still on the blu-side.

No matter how things are twisted, what matters in the end is media sales.

Bladestar3945d ago

You damn right about that... look at how many companies are making blu-ray layers... and yet... look how bad standalone blu-ray are selling in the market... the only blu-ray player selling well is the PS3...
now, how does that benefit hardware manufacturers other than SOny? no wonder Samsung want a piece of what HD DVD players are selling.

Sony fanboys can talk all day long about the death of HD DVD... but when you see companies that started as blu-ray only supported also supporting HD DVD.. it does raise some questions about their loyalty and faith that blu-ray is the innevitable winner.

cuco333945d ago

That would hold true if actual disc sales were significant enough, but they aren't. The market is still very small & despite the 'forced' market penetration with the PS3, payoffs for BD support at top retail chains, and BOGOs as well as other great sales, blu only 'leads' 2:1. It's been leaked that last week's numbers were 58:42 in favor of blu according to Nielsen's. That was also a week where neither side had a big hit release nor major disc sale so all things being equal it's pretty much even.

I want to point out also that Planet Earth HD DVD, an 11 month old catalog documentary, was beaten by Die Hard 4 BD on it's 2nd week by only 2%. Also, Amazon consistently has the 3 gen3 HD DVD standalones in top sales rankings with BD stand alones top pick always multiple rankings behind.

That PS3 effect blu was heavily relying on never really happened.

sheng long3946d ago

too bad most of the big name companies won't really see a lot of sales due to the ever increasing of low end HD-DVD player.
Even Toshiba themselves are probably losing most of their sales to their lower priced Venture or other chinese HD-DVD players.

damnwrx3946d ago

I would rather purchase another PS3......

darthv723946d ago (Edited 3946d ago )

will be doing the same in making combo units. The prices for the blue laser diodes is getting cheaper and it seems like there is an easy fix for the angle of the beam so it can play both formats. This along with the bd profiles matching hddvd makes combo units that much more realistic.

bombzombie3946d ago

If combo players become the norm, what will that do to sales of the Microsoft Xbox 360 and it HD-DVD drive and the PS3??

Further, if combo drives become the norm, does anyone see content providers remaining aligned with one side or the other?

Accordingly, if combo players price outstrips the cost of a PS3 and that of an Xbox 360 and HD-DVD drive, will this result in a move away from video game sales and an increase in casual games such as with the Wii?

Finally, can a combo unit stave off the advances in digital downloading and for how long?

Future uncertain, difficult to see. - Yoda

blackmagic3946d ago

1. I doubt it will affect the sales of the 360 since the HD DVD add-on appears to be an after thought for most people and if they are looking for a dual format drive then they will simply buy it instead of the HD DVD add-on. It is possible it could affect the sales of the PS3 due to it's inability to play HD DVD discs combined with the higher price relative to 360 associated with the inclusion of Blu-ray. Howard Stringer did mention in his famous 'stalemate' interview that replacing the Blu-ray drive with a combo drive was a possibility in the event of stalemate in which case PS3 would likely continue under the same sales pattern seen now.

2. In this case I believe content providers will likely switch back and forth between the formats. Factors such as cost of printing, royalties, cost of authoring, special features supported etc will be negotiated and weighed and the studio will likely choose the least expensive solution to fit it's requirements.

3. Again, the 360 is unlikely to be affected by the format war since the add-on is an seperate extra purchase independent of the unit. It's possible the 360 could add a combo add-on for cheaper than a combo standalone I suppose. The PS3 is the unit most likely to be affected by a stalemate. Including a built in combo drive would make it even more expensive to produce, eroding profits but remaining Blu-ray only would leave the unit crippled in the stalemate environment.

4. Digital distribution is not a viable solution in the foreseeable future. The physical infrastructure is simply not capable of handling millions of 30Gb or larger downloads every week. Upgrading the infrastructure will cost billions and take decades. Even in a well developed country like the US, many people are still forced to use dial-up and some don't have an internet connection at all. In the Music industry, songs are only a few Mb but physical media is still the chief method of distribution. If this industry can't achieve it then how could the movie industry? Certainly digital downloads will exist and will get more popular as internet speeds ramp up but physical media will still be the chief supply chain. I might add that phsychologically, humans prefer to deal with things on a physical level and find it difficult to assign value to something that cannot be held.

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