Samsung Electronics America, Inc. said today that the industry's first Blu-ray disc player was shipped to retailers in the U.S. market for availability on June 25, 2006.
Blu-ray is a next generation optical disc format and is supported by more than 170 consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers. While current optical disc technologies rely on a red laser to read and write data, the new format uses a blue-violet laser intended to better utilize the space on the disc allowing more than five times the amount of information.
The Samsung BD-P1000 plays Blu-ray software titles at the highest resolution available via a native 1080p HDMI output for films digitally mastered in 1920 x 1080p. The BD-P1000 also up-converts conventional DVDs to 1080p through the HDMI digital interface so the picture quality of any traditional DVD will look noticeably more detailed when used with the disc player. The BD-P1000 is backwards-compatible to play standard DVDs and CDs in addition to supporting all DVD formats including, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R.
Additionally, Samsung has included a 10-in-2 multi memory card interface that supports all the major formats including Compact Flash(TM), Secure Digital(TM), XD Picture Card(TM), Memory Stick(TM) and others. By including a memory card interface into the Samsung BD-P1000, the native high definition resolution contained in 2-megapixel and larger digital still pictures can be fully rendered on a high definition TV via slide show functionality built into the player.
The BD-P1000 will be available in stores on June 25, 2006 at a MAP of $999.99.
The launch of the Samsung BD-P1000 coincides with a major influx of Blu-ray content. Seven of the eight major movie studios have already announced titles for Blu-ray, with the initial line-up of recent hits as well as classics, expected to grow to more than 200 titles by year end.
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