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Awesome Dual Format Disc Player Imminent, Format War Only Theoretical Now?

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Did you hear? The Samsung BD-UP5000 is coming with full HD DVD and Blu-ray support, including the best in class profile 1.1 support for picture in picture, etc. for BD. At $1000, it isn't cheap. But you'll avoid the ugly situation of having to choose between a disc player that plays Casino Royale (BD) or Transformers (HD DVD). This is the first HD disc player we can recommend wholeheartedly from a feature standpoint, but of course, it's not that simple. I'm sure some of you will want to opt for the other choices. Maybe you want a game console with HD disc playback, or don't have an HDTV yet. Maybe you're interested but are waiting for the price points to drop on players. Thoughts? [How To Comment]


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I'm actually interested in this player, but not at this price. At $6000, I would purchase in a heartbeat. I will not buy a nextgen DVD player until the format wars are over, or until a combo player of quality is affordable.

Having one unit do all is a huge plus - Having two units is too damn complicated with remotes, wires, and which disc goes where. My fiance is already intimdated by the receiver switching A/V inputs. I'd pay a premium for that, even more than two individual set-top players.