Samsung cancels HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player

Samsung cancels HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player

Samsung logoAt CES in January of this year, Samsung showed a new HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player to replace the current model later this year. When asked if they would keep it in the line up after Warner announced plans to drop HD DVD, Samsung said the combo player was still a “practical solution.”

Well, things change. Toshiba, the main backer and creator of HD DVD, dropped all plans to develop, manufacture and support the next-generation format last month. Samsung has now announced they “will not introduce the BD-UP-5500 Duo HD Player.”

“Now that Blu-ray has been chosen as the next-generation format, the consumer can move forward with confidence and enjoy the incredible experience that Blu-ray offers.”

It doesn’t appear like any new HD DVD players will be made available from anyone. Of course there is the strange announcement from LG that they’re still behind both formats. Makes you wonder what they’re thinking.

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Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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3 Comments on “Samsung cancels HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player”

  1. It’s funny, I talked to some LG reps at CES in Vegas and they stated that their Super Multi Blu player would be a great solution for all of those HD DVD owners who are now looking to jump over to Blu-ray, but still maintain the ability to playback their HD DVD collection. It seems like they were happy that HD DVD was dying…

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