Samsung today announced the upcoming dual format BD-UP5500. However the press conference did not give specifics, such as a release date. Interestingly, the Samsung home product rep Nelson Allen did not even refer to Blu-ray or the "other format", just saying that the player will play "any HD format disc you have". No specifications were given other than 1080p with 24fps playback, other information reveals it will be BD profile 1.1 compliant. No word on audio formats supported at this time.
"any HD format disc you have" then "it will be BD profile 1.1 compliant." That's bizarre, but hopefully it means that hd-dvd is being stripped from normal discussion of hd media. Kind of how betamax doesn't even register with most people of my generation. I'm 23.
Dont buy this or any other Samsung products!! Their poor customer service and inability to produce firmware updates in a timely manner is substandard. I'm still waiting to watch POTC 3 on my Samsung BD-P1200. I spent $800 on that player when it first came out. Very displeased with their apathy towards their customers!
let us get thei straight on this forum anybody who who has a complaint about there a/v equipment has themselves too blame. as a audiophile myself i would only buy what i have heard or seen for myself. if you can not have the time to view or hear anything you buy, please be quiet.
Mr9BALL - 'let us get thei straight on this forum anybody who who has a complaint about there a/v equipment has themselves too blame' So it is MY fault that samsung will not release an update in a reasonable time?
This thing will be canned in no more then 3 months.
Er, think "Any HD format you have" meant that this was that long-awaited Samsung second/third-generation HD/Blu player that was going to come out about this time, except....for some strange reason, that now doesn't sound like such a hot-selling item anymore.
(So, seems "It'll play HD-DVD disks, too!" has now become "It'll play, uh...ANY kind of hi-def disks!--Heck, how many kinds are there that you could put in, heh? ^_^'' "
that is what i mean by knowing what is future-proof. we all can be naive when purchasing goods but asking and reading about what we are buying is now more important than ever in this day of blu. we all make mistakes believe me me too.
even monster he he he!!!! (sorry)
I don't understand why many of you think this would be a waste of time and money. True those of us that already own Blu-ray don't need it. Especially since HD DVD is going to die this year and all movies that are currently HD DVD exclusive will eventually find their way on to Blu-ray, BUT what about those that only have HD DVD? Wouldn't this be an excellent player for them since it will play their current library of HD DVD movies and get them ready for going completely Blu going forward? It seems like this player and players like it definitely have a market now that HD DVD is dying.
Definitely before the Warner/New Line announcements when the war was more muddy and confusing, it would not be good to buy a combo player because it would send studios mixed signals but now that it's all but over, they definitely could serve a small niche market of HD DVD owners that are eventually going to transition over.
Agree with subzero, this is for those who bought HD-DVD. Besides, the Laserdisc crowd still wants to play their discs, and if they could still buy a player to play them I'm sure they would - even if there is no new media available.
Waste of money for those of us here that made the intelligent selection...BLU. However, I sympathize with the red ants and see a need for a combo player. At some point though, combo players will have to be discontinued.