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Samsung cancels upcoming hybrid HD player

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Mar 2008 14:22 User comments (4)

Samsung cancels upcoming hybrid HD player Samsung has announced that it has canceled the upcoming BD-UP5500 Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrid player and attributed the decision directly to Toshiba's decision to drop the format.
The company also praised the decision, saying that have a standard format will allow the company to focus its efforts and money on Blu-ray. The older UP5000 player will still be available but the company added that the prospect of selling future hybrid players was slim.

"[A hybrid player] remains a practical solution, but the window of opportunity is smaller than it was before,"
the company said in a statement.

Toshiba plans to stop producing HD DVD players later this month and prior HD DVD-exclusive studios such as Paramount and Dreamworks have dropped the format making it all but dead.


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4 user comments

16.3.2008 17:43

..... and queue the HD-DVD fanboy whining ...... NOW

26.3.2008 22:28

Originally posted by Hunt720:
..... and queue the HD-DVD fanboy whining ...... NOW
And queue people starting unnecessary flame wars...oh wait you already did that...

36.3.2008 23:12

The combo players from both Samsung and LG seem to have more than their fair share of problems.

The Sammy BD-UP5000 is riddled with playback problems with several discs on both formats.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=958595
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1003287&page=2

The LG BH200 has problems with video and audio dropouts with high def discs on both formats and problems with a strange green line on the screen with SD playback.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=789598&page=23
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1003370

Obviously dual format players are still a work in progress and the road has been difficult. Unfortunately Samsung has given up the fight and has left LG alone to continue. Makes you wonder how much longer LG will be willing to carry on.

46.3.2008 23:53

Originally posted by error5:
Makes you wonder how much longer LG will be willing to carry on.

Not much

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


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