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It's hard to believe it's actually over, but for more than two years we've followed what has come to be one of our favorite topics as Blu has faced Red in a battle to be the next physical home media format. In the end it came down to studio and consumer electronic industry support -- not to mention...

February 20th 2008 at 11:48am 0 Comments
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Samsung BD-P1200 owners who've utilized the Ethernet functionality to update their firmware, have been able to enjoy Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer since Wednesday, and now the rest of the owners of both the BD-P1000 and BD-P1200 can too. As promised, Samsung made the CDR image available...

October 13th 2007 at 3:01pm 0 Comments
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Samsung has just dropped us a note to let us know that they'll be releasing an update to both their BD-P1000 and BD-P1200 this Friday, that will address the BD+ issues with the latest Fox Blu-ray titles. When first asked, Samsung said it would take a few weeks, so this is certainly good news. You c...

October 10th 2007 at 3:17pm 0 Comments
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Boy did we see this one coming. Fox just came out of their hiatus and with their first two releases they opted to use Blu-ray's optional DRM, BD+ -- which has been part of the spec, but this is the first time it's been used. The problem is that all the Blu-ray players aren't ready for BD+ yet, and...

October 3rd 2007 at 8:19pm 0 Comments
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VideoBusiness has got a few more details on what to expect from Samsung's third generation Blu-ray player, the BD-P1400. Look for the player to make its debut on August 31 at the 2007 IFA in Berlin, with support for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD audio, as well as a built in Ethernet p...

July 11th 2007 at 12:41pm 0 Comments
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Pssst. Hey you. Yeah you buddy. Wanna cheap Blu-ray player? Amazon is selling Samsung's BD-P1000 for a mere $499. While we still don't know what side is going to walk away from this whole war thing, less then five hundard dollars seems a bit easier on the pocketbook to enjoy movies on your HDTV even...

March 21st 2007 at 9:55am 0 Comments
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Toshiba and LG have already indicated their plans to wow us at CES, and now the first company to release a Blu-ray player -- Samsung -- has announced it will display the first second generation player next week at CES. The new player is expected to cost 20 percent less than its predecessor (the BD-P...

January 4th 2007 at 2:11pm 0 Comments
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Toshiba and LG have already indicated their plans to wow us at CES, and now the first company to release a Blu-ray player -- Samsung -- has announced it will display the first second generation player next week at CES. The new player is expected to cost 20 percent less than its predecessor (the BD-P...

January 4th 2007 at 2:11pm 0 Comments
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In the wake of Toshiba hinting at forthcoming price drops on its stand-alone HD DVD players at CES, Samsung has apparently figured out that it can't keep on charging a cool grand (though the price had already fallen a bit "unofficially") for its own high definition unit and remain attractive. As fen...

January 3rd 2007 at 9:29am 0 Comments
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Early adopting Blu-ray owners can now download, burn to disc, and install a patch for some of the issues that have plagued the Samsung BD-P1000 since its release -- but the "noise reduction" bug affecting picture quality is not one of them, yet. The firmware update 1.0 doesn't say exactly what it f...

October 18th 2006 at 11:37am 0 Comments
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Samsung has joined Toshiba in offering firmware updates for their first generation HD player. Reportedly this update will address problems with the noise filter reduction circuit, hopefully bringing HDMI up to snuff with component, as well as add support for Blu-ray Java releases expected later thi...

September 14th 2006 at 8:42pm 0 Comments
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So check it: intrepid optical media journo Bill Hunt -- the same man who told us with some confidence that 50GB Blu-ray discs would definitely NOT work on currently-configured BD-P1000 players -- is now reporting that dual-layer movies WILL actually play on the Samsung machine, no firmware update re...

September 14th 2006 at 1:24pm 0 Comments