Samsung Electronics said on Friday it will launch a dual format high-definition (HD) optical disc player in time for the holidays.
In the battle over competing HD disc formations, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Seoul, Korea) has been in the Blu-ray camp. Now it will launch the Duo HD player BD-UP5000 to support HD-DVD and Blu-ray disc formats and their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java.
Samsung was not the first to announce a dual-format player. LG Electronics announced such a player at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2007. The announcement was widely seen as a victory for consumers, many of whom have delayed investing in HD disc players, and the pricey discs themselves, until they saw a resolution to the issue of incompatible formats.
Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, said the Samsung dual-format player will help reduce consumer confusion and buyer hesitancy about HD media. "This is an innovative product that can move us closer to mainstream consumer adoption of HD technologies."
to Daily News