First Blu-ray titles postponed to June 20
Following the announcement one month ago that the first Samsung Blu-ray
player would be delayed until June 25,
Sony is now
postponing the release of the first Blu-ray movie titles to June 20.
The previous expected date for both Samsung's BD-P1000 player and the
first Blu-ray movies, including Underworld Evolution, The Fifth Element,
and Resident Evil Apocalypse, was May 23. However, the BD-P1000 was
pushed back because Samsung said it required additional time for
compatibility testing and the implementation of 1080p HDMI output and
DVD resampling. Sony says its Blu-ray movies will still be ready for May
23, but "the majority of [its] retail base and hardware partners"
have asked the company to follow the release schedule for the first
players. The BD-P1000 is expected to retail for $1,000, and Sony has said its Blu-ray movies will cost between $17.95 and $23.45.
Meanwhile, HD-DVD players and titles are currently retailing for $499.99 and $19.99-24.49, respectively.