Samsung's been seriously non-committal about whether or not they were going to come out with a dual-format HD-DVD / Blu-ray combo player for a while now (they first said they working on one back in September of '05
, only to retract that
a few months later), but no more: it's officially happening. They've just announced the Duo HD BD-UP5000
, their first player to support both HD disc formats. LG beat 'em to the punch with the BH100
, but Samsung is promising that the Duo HD BD-UP5000 will have full support for HD-DVD (including support for HDi), something LG hasn't been able to offer with its player. We're still waiting to hear details about pricing and all that, but they are promising that the combo player will be out "in time for the holidays."