Samsung delays first Blu-ray player

— 1:43 AM on April 4, 2006

The launch of Samsung's BD-P1000 Blu-ray player has been pushed back from May 23 to June 25. The BD-P1000 is expected to be the only Blu-ray player available until July, by which time Pioneer and Sony players should also begin shipping. To justify the delay, Samsung says it needs some extra time to test compatibility with new discs, as well as to implement native 1080p HDMI output and 1080p DVD resampling. Last month, Toshiba also announced that it would postpone the release of its first HD-DVD players, this time to coincide with the launch of the first HD-DVD movie titles on April 18. The first Blu-ray titles still appear to be scheduled for May 23, but consumers may have to wait until the end of June for a compatible player.

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