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Samsung ships BD-UP5000 dual format player

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Dec 2007 18:58 User comments (27)

Samsung ships BD-UP5000 dual format player Despite widespread rumors that it had been delayed, Samsung says it is shipping its BD-UP5000 dual-format HD player and that it will be retailing for cheaper than previously announced.
A Samsung spokesperson said that due to "recent activities in the marketplace," the player's suggested retail price has been dropped to $799 USD, a $200 price cut from the original price announced in September.

The BD-UP5000 will be the second dual format player to hit the market, following the LG's BH100 which was released in January.

Samsung says the player will be 1.1 profile compliant and support BD-Java and HDi as well as any web-enabled supplements from both formats.

Source:
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27 user comments

18.12.2007 1:59

woot woot first post. If they drop the price again i might think bout gettin. Seems like Samung has both bases covered wirh this dual format player. For now though Im stickin with blu ray(PS3). : )

28.12.2007 2:11

800 bucks is to much when it comes down to 400 dollars then i will bite. it will upconvert standard DVDs too right?

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38.12.2007 7:16
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hopefully that will be under 500. its cheaper though to get a multi drive for the PC (for about 230)

48.12.2007 7:23

if these dual format machines start to come down further in price then maybe we can leave behind the blu ray vs HD-DVD fan boy wars and both formats will exist side by side despite their differences "maybe" in the same way as dvd+ and dvd- although obviously the tech spec differences between the two HD formats are greater than those between the dvd formats.

58.12.2007 9:21

I'll be on board when that price falls a bit. I like the idea of being both format capable. Certainly makes retail purchase of movies easier if you're not limited by format prefernce.

68.12.2007 12:10

your better off buying a ps3 and a 200 dollar hd dvd player, dual format players are too expensive

78.12.2007 12:56

The price will halve in 18 months, the more people making and "sharing" dual format hardware designs the cheaper it will get,altho you are more likely be better off with a 400-450$ PS3 (remote is extra) and a 100-180$ HDVD player.

Or just wait and get a finished 360 LOL

88.12.2007 13:08

is it just me, or is making dual format players just going to delay the outcome of the "hi def format wars" even more

98.12.2007 14:35

Originally posted by thesquid:
is it just me, or is making dual format players just going to delay the outcome of the "hi def format wars" even more
Actually it could do more than that

1.quicken the end of one format giving up because of loss of support.
2.force them to join forces as so as they can limit losses.
3.at a 100-200$(coming in 18-30 months) price point they can contunie to divide and conquer the studios until one side engulfs the other.


With sony selling it self off left and right 2 and 3 seem most likely.

I can see Sony selling off their BR stuff to Toshiba and the whole of BR collapsing, now dose that mean BR would ed, no it will either get a much needed make over or be joined with HDVD as a high capacity format,HDVD would be the brunt of next gen formats while BR is for speacail editions and sets that need every bit of the extra space that is if the 100+GB disc are ready for the consumer.


Really tho there is simply end in sight for either format.

109.12.2007 18:15

The key factors that makes Samsung's Duo Player overwhelmingly attractive to me is it's ability to output 7.1 analog Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio via both formats, as well as become only the second Blu-Ray player on the market (next to PS3) to have an ethernet connection! I already own a 360 w/HD-DVD add-on and don't plan to plunking down another $500 bucks on a PS3 anytime soon (I'm sorry but $399 w/o PS2 compatibility is stupid!). I have a small library of HD-DVD films, of which 2/3'rds have Dolby TrueHD, which the 360 HD-DVD can't decode, so this is my best option to enjoy both formats for the least money.

119.12.2007 18:31

Originally posted by Logansneo:
The key factors that makes Samsung's Duo Player overwhelmingly attractive to me is it's ability to output 7.1 analog Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio via both formats, as well as become only the second Blu-Ray player on the market (next to PS3) to have an ethernet connection! I already own a 360 w/HD-DVD add-on and don't plan to plunking down another $500 bucks on a PS3 anytime soon (I'm sorry but $399 w/o PS2 compatibility is stupid!). I have a small library of HD-DVD films, of which 2/3'rds have Dolby TrueHD, which the 360 HD-DVD can't decode, so this is my best option to enjoy both formats for the least money.
ah but what is the ether net connect used for BD+? Firmware updates,bricking a player or streaming? :P

129.12.2007 18:44

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

ah but what is the ether net connect used for BD+? Firmware updates,bricking a player or streaming? :P
Zippy: The ethernet connection is for the HD DVD titles that have web-enabled features like Transformers, Heroes S1, Evan Almighty, Knocked Up etc. It should also enable firmware updates.

139.12.2007 19:31

Originally posted by juankerr:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

ah but what is the ether net connect used for BD+? Firmware updates,bricking a player or streaming? :P
Zippy: The ethernet connection is for the HD DVD titles that have web-enabled features like Transformers, Heroes S1, Evan Almighty, Knocked Up etc. It should also enable firmware updates.
Interesting no BD+ calling home BS?

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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149.12.2007 20:43

Several retailers have dropped their prices for Samsung's BD-P1400 to $299, setting a new low price record for a Blu-ray Player.

At press time, the new price had been spotted at such major retailers as Amazon.com, Best Buy and Circuit City, as well as several regional chains.

This latest price cut comes only two weeks after Amazon.com set a previous low-price record with the same player, offering it at $339.

Although HD DVD has long held the low-price advantage over Blu-ray, Samsung's BD-P1400 player is now within $50-$100 of the lowest-priced HD DVD player at the same big three retailers (Toshiba's 1080i HD-A3 HD DVD player).

As we've previously reported, a recent firmware upgrade issued by Samsung for its 1400 player made it the first Blu-ray player to unlock DTS-HD Master Audio.

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news/sho...or_Blu-ray/1247

159.12.2007 23:19

When HDDVD drops prices its desperate and when Blu Ray does it it's a greta idea? Did you ever think they needed to drop the price cause they were sitting on the shelf collecting dust? And who in their right mind would buy a stand alone when a PS3 was cheaper anyways?

This is not going to be a trend with future blu ray players for some time to come. If anything, THIS is the fire sale others were blaming the HDDVD prices on.

169.12.2007 23:33
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somehow i feel that Bluyray and hd dvd might join together and make an ultimate HD disk, "HD RAY"

1714.12.2007 8:41

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somehow i feel that Bluyray and hd dvd might join together and make an ultimate HD disk, "HD RAY"
That will never happen! This is just a big pissing war over who can call the shots. If they could not get together before money was spent, there is no hope for a good solution now.

1814.12.2007 13:49
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Well think how much money they can make, the Really big disk space of the blue ray and the ultimate Video quality of the HD DVD,

HDRAY!!!!!

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1914.12.2007 16:53

I'm not going to read through all the posts, but couldn't you get both a hddvd player and a bluray player separate for less than that? $800 bucks could get me a PS3 and a low end hddvd player plus $100 to buy some movies to watch.

2023.12.2007 18:59

Quote:
A Samsung spokesperson said that due to "recent activities in the marketplace," the player's suggested retail price has been dropped to $799 USD, a $200 price cut from the original price announced in September.
Nice price drop however i do think that ill be waiting for another drop to come along ill wait for it to go to $300 and lower.

2126.1.2008 22:00

I'm in Ireland, need to get my hands on the Samsung BD-UP500 dual Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Player... HELP ME
I know someone in the US but can't find info on if this is chipped and will only play Region1's, don't wanna go to the hassle of getting it here to have to buy all my dvd's from US!!
So how can I get it in Ireland, dabs.co.uk has is but won't let me register as I'm in Ireland (and here's me thinking we where all friends again :)

2228.1.2008 9:11

The players can be set for any code. There is a secret menu that can be activated and you can set it. I don't know how to activate it for your model. If you buy your disk and want to play it, you can always back it up and remove the code then. This forum has plenty of info on that. That is 100% legal.

2328.1.2008 9:31

Sounds great...until it gets to the price. I wouldn't even consider it until it got down to 400 or less. Less would be bettter.



2528.1.2008 11:31

Originally posted by error5:
The Samsung BD-UP5000 is being discontinued in May:

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/01/23/the...in-may/


Because its a lightweight as a heavy weight price.

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2628.1.2008 12:39

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Because its a lightweight as a heavy weight price.
They announced a new dual format model at CES 2008 - the BD-UP5500:

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/01/08/han...y-combo-player/

2728.1.2008 12:41

Originally posted by error5:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Because its a lightweight as a heavy weight price.
They announced a new dual format model at CES 2008 - the BD-UP5500:

http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/01/08/han...player/


yup already fazed out for a higher spec unit.

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