We’re as yet to hear a comment from fellow multi-format player manufacturer LG regarding Toshiba’s withdrawal from the hi-def race, however it’s understood Samsung is (obviously) going to “show more interests in Blu-ray products than rival HD DVDs”, according to The Korea Times’ source.
They announced the BD-UP5000 dual-format player officially at IFA last year, with the initial release date of December 2007, however it appears to only have hit stores this January due to massive delays.
Samsung’s affections have obviously been with Blu-ray from the start, due to the release of the BD-P1400 Blu-ray player and HT-BD2 home theatre system, and no actual standalone HD DVD players ever being mentioned.
(via HDTV UK)
CES 2008: Samsung’s Duo HD BD-UP5500 player blends Blu-ray and HD DVD
IFA 2007: Samsung’s BD-UP5000 – the world’s first Blu-ray/HD DVD player?!
Toshiba officially announces ‘discontinuation of HD DVD format’