- We've talked time and time again about the ongoing war between the two next-generation DVD formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray, and about what each of the two sides is doing in order to achieve victory in this conflict.
However, there are some pretty strong chances that both Sony's and Toshiba's (the two developers and main backers of said formats) plans might be hindered by none other than the Korean company Samsung and its dual-format player, the BD-UP5000.
From some points of view, the BD-UP5000 is some sort of urban legend, since its development was solely a rumor for an extended period of time, although the official announcement regarding its release came in July 2007. And it seems that now HD-hungry users will finally be able to get their hands on this player as the online retailer Amazon has just opened the pre-order season for this thing. The BD-UP5000 will sell for around 800 US dollars, starting with January 15'th.
The device supports both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats as well as their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java. Furthermore, it can achieve 1080p resolutions, not to mention the full compatibility with 24 movie frames per second playback.
As in the case of any high-end player, the connectivity options represent quite an important issue, and the Samsung's hybrid delivers...