Samsung Delays BD-P1000 Blu-Ray Player, Adds 1080p Playback

Samsung announced its BD-P1000 Blu-ray player will be delayed by a month, but the good news is the player will be capable of 1080p playback. The company insisted that its new June 25 ship date, although not quite as early as the May 23 day it previously set for the release, would still be the first Blu-ray disk player on the market, beating the release of rival players from Sony, Pioneer, LG and Panasonic. In a statement, Samsung said the reason for the delay was to complete compatibility testing with disks that will become available in late April. This from Samsung:

"Two new features have been added to our BD-P1000 model without changing the expected $999 street price. The BD-P1000 will have a native 1080p output via HDMI for Blu-Ray software titles that are digitally mastered in 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 1080p upconversion of conventional DVDs through the HDMI digital interface. Additionally, we have upgraded the built-in 9-in-2 multi memory card interface to 11-in-2 by adding support for Mini-SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo formats. By including a memory card interface into a Blu-Ray player, the native high definition resolution contained in 3MP or larger digital still pictures can be enjoyed on a high definition television."

Samsung re-schedules Blu-ray player debut [Reg Hardware]