|Samsung Blu-ray Player Delay Scare|
|Home Theater News Blu-ray Hardware News|
|Written by Scott Selter|
|Tuesday, 13 June 2006|
Rumors were circling earlier today that Samsung’s BD-P1000 Blu-ray was joining the list of recent Blu-ray delay announcements. We are happy to report that Samsung has confirmed that the player’s June 25th release date is still on schedule in the US.
However, these rumors were not completely unfounded. Samsung did announce a delay in the UK release date of their Blu-ray player. The player’s release in the UK has now been pushed back to September of this year.
While anything can happen in the two week time period before the Samsung players hit store shelves on June 25th, at least for now a disaster for the format’s launch has been averted.
With Sony and Pioneer recently announcing a delay in the release of their players, Samsung’s BD-P1000 is our last hope for Blu-ray hardware in the month of June. However, Pioneer has released the first Blu-ray internal PC Blu-ray burner, the BDR-101A, to critical acclaim thus far. It retails for $995, slightly less than the cheapest player that will eventually be released. So, even if all three Blu-ray players end up being delayed, consumers can still get a device to play those Blu-ray titles that are being released on June 20th. Of course, you must have a media center PC capable of 1080p output hookup up to your entertainment center in order to actually view Blu-ray discs at their highest resolution, but hey, baby steps.