First Blu-ray titles postponed to June 20

— 12:50 PM on May 4, 2006

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.

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