After endless wait and controversies the future of DVD is here, Blu-Ray hardware and titles will hit stores on May 23rd. The Samsung BD-P1000 HD-ROM player will be available along with 8 launch titles (complete list after the jump) at Best Buy, Circuit City and other stores. Each Blu-Ray title will go for $ 29 to $ 39. New hardware will be available after launch including the Sony BDP-S1, Pioneer BDP-HD1 and Sony will also be equipping Vaio's with Blu-Ray drives.
Samsung Electronics announced the release of an internal (SH-B022A) and external (SE-B026A) Blu-Ray burner for April 2006. These 2 innovating drives allow you to store up to 50GB onto a dual layer disc. These 3-in-1 drives (BD, DVD, CD) offer HD video burning and reading at a 2x speed (9MB/s). With HDTV and Digital broadcasting on the rise, the advantages of Blu-Ray drives are unrivaled as they offer high storage capacities for high defination videos in an unmatched quality. These drives offer unseen storage capacity a whooping 25GB on a single disc and 50GB on a dual layer disc. These multi purpose drives can read and record on Blu-Ray Discs at 2X, DVD at 12X and CD. The external drive SE-B026A comes in full black and with it's smooth edges and blue lights it stands out in the crowd.
It will be a cold day in hell before I fork over $40 for a freakin movie...
I 2ND THAT!
Does anyone remember when DVDs first came out. If not ill refresh some memories there was a big format compatability problem. I will not buy a B-R for approx. 2-3 years. Unless they provide one that will allow successful backup of PS3 games. I suggest everyone hold out and watch how the technology changes over the next 6-12 months if it looks stable id say buy, but if like every month or 2 months theres a new format or constant firmware and driver upgrades id say hold out. Anywho id love to be able to backup almost my computer on a few DVDs or BDs.
$1000 is a little steap. The upcoming PlayStation 3 will cost around $400 - $500. The major selling point of the PS3 will be it's BD-ROM drive that plays Blu-ray Discs, and people don't have to pay $1,000 to get one.
Samsung will be the first to launch its hardware, with Sony and Pioneer expected to follow.
Martyn Williams, IDG News Service
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
The Blu-ray Disc high-definition optical disc format will launch in the U.S. on May 23 when the first player and movies become available, backers of the format said this week.
Samsung Electronics will be first out of the gate with a Blu-ray Disc player. Its BD-P1000, which was first shown at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, will be available from May 23 at Best Buy, Circuit City, and specialist retailers, the company said in a statement.
No price for the player was given. At CES Samsung said it plans to sell the machine for around $1000, but the original launch date was slated for April.
The launch of players for Blu-ray Disc and the competing HD-DVD format have been delayed by protracted talks regarding the content protection system that is common to both formats. While discussions have yet to be completed, an interim agreement was finalized last week that allows companies to begin production of hardware.
Following the Samsung launch, similar machines from Sony and Pioneer will be launched and Sony will also begin selling a Vaio personal computer with Blu-ray Disc drive, the companies said. No detailed launch plans were disclosed.
Making Movies Available
Software for the new player will be released on May 23 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Lionsgate Films.
The first Sony titles to be released will be: 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight's Tale, The Last Waltz (MGM), Resident Evil Apocalypse, and XXX.
They will be followed on June 13 by an additional titles including: Kung Fu Hustle, Legends of the Fall, Robocop (MGM), Stealth, Species (MGM), SWAT, and Terminator (MGM).
The first new release movie to hit Blu-ray Disc will be Underworld Evolution, which will launch in "early summer" on the same day as its DVD release.
Lionsgate's May 23 releases will be: Crash, Lord of War, The Punisher, Saw, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The first 2 titles will cost $40 and the latter 3 will cost $30, it said in a statement.
An additional five titles will be launched in June and July: Reservoir Dogs, Total Recall, Stargate, Frank Herbert's Dune, and The Devil's Reject.
The first player for the HD-DVD format is due to be launched by Toshiba in March in the U.S.
How is the PS3 only going to be $400-$500. Now it's looking to be delayed until late 06Japan early 07USA. I read that an analyst is saying the cost of the system is looking to be more like $900 and in 3 years time with prices dropping $350.