IFA 2006: Samsung launches BD-P1000 – Europe's first consumer Blu-ray player

HDTV, IFA news

More from Samsung at the IFA, this time with the unveiling of the BD-P1000 Blu-ray player – the first Blu-ray player to be available commercially in Europe

The BD-P1000 plays content at native 720p, 1080i or 1080p video resolutions, with full 1080p output via HDMI. The player features one pickup with two lenses, which allows it to also play standard DVDs and CDs in addition to Blu-ray discs. The supported DVD formats include DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R. There’s also up-conversion for improving the picture of standard DVDs. Additional features include memory card reader, full audio format support, pop-up and always-on menu options, a full colour high-definition animated button and improved bitmap and text subtitles.

And of course, there’s the benefits of Blu-ray’s capacity, with 25GB of content on a single-sided disc (or 50GB on a dual layer), which is nearly six times the capacity of traditional DVDs and enough space for two hours of high-definition movies or recorded content.

The player was launched in the US in June and should be available to buy here from mid-October. Pricing is still to be confirmed.

Samsung website

More Blu-ray:
IFA 2006: TDK announces 200GB capacity Blu-ray disc
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Dave Walker
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