Samsung Launches First Blu-Ray Player
Samsung last week said it had shipped the industry’s first Blu-ray Disc player to U.S. retailers for availability this Sunday.
The $999.99 BD-P1000 initially will be able to play only select titles slated for availability this month from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and LionsGate Pictures (in addition to standard DVDs), but additional titles from those and other studios are expected to follow soon after; “more than 200” titles by the end of the year, says Samsung.
Unlike the 720p/1080i HD DVD players that arrives this spring, the BD-P1000 delivers “native 1080p HDMI output,” and upconverts standard DVDs to that resolution, says Samsung. It plays standard DVDs and CDs, as well as other DVD formats, including DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW and DVD+R. The BD-P1000 also features a 10-in-2 multi memory card interface; outputs include HDMI, component, S-video and composite. Supported audio formats include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, MP3 and 192KHz LPCM.