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Man, we're beginning to sound like a broken record when referring to BD-P1500 firmware updates. Back in June, we were miffed when a Profile 2.0-less update hit; if you'll recall, it was months later before BD-Live capabilities were added. Today, we've seen the deck's more flamboyant siblings receiv...

December 3rd 2008 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Long load times on Blu-ray players have always been a pet peeve of ours, and obviously we aren't alone. The gurus over at CNET UK rounded up four of their favorite decks and popped in a test disc (Vantage Point) in order to find which was the quickest at getting down to business. Trailing the pack w...

November 28th 2008 at 9:08pm 0 Comments
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While Samsung's latest crop of Blu-ray players has had the ability to output DTS-HD High Resolution & Master Audio via HDMI 1.3 in the form of a bitstream from day one, many still have an older A/V receivers that doesn't feature HDMI 1.3. So today Samsung dropped us a note to let us know that t...

October 31st 2008 at 3:46pm 0 Comments
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Aw, yeah. Remember way back when HD DVD and Blu-ray were at each other's throats, and manufacturers were giving out free titles left and right in order to get you to buy one format over another? It seems that little tactic is finding its way back as the holiday / Black Friday season approaches, wit...

October 27th 2008 at 2:44pm 0 Comments
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Could it be? Could we really see stacks upon stacks of Profile 1.1 (and maybe one or two Profile 2.0) Blu-ray players flying into carts on Black Friday? According to sources speaking with the typically reliable Fudzilla, that's exactly what we'll see -- well, if people think $150 is a low enough th...

October 15th 2008 at 9:22am 0 Comments
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Samsung's BD-P1500 didn't stay situated at $200 for long before selling out (or being removed) at RadioShack, but on the eve of one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases in the history of the format, along comes yet another deal that could be just the one you were waiting for. If you've been hold...

October 13th 2008 at 12:02pm 0 Comments
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Love it or not, BD Live is the latest must have feature for Blu-ray players. Samsung is finally delivering on its promise today by making a firmware update available for download that turns on the internet magic of your Blu-ray Discs when you load them in a BD-P1500. Of course you'll need internet...

October 7th 2008 at 2:53pm 0 Comments
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We want to say that it has begun, but we're still thinking it's a touch early to suggest the $200 barrier is collapsing before our very eyes. Not even 24 hours after Sony's BDP-S300 fell to under $200 at Amazon, Samsung's respectable BD-P1500 has now done the same over at RadioShack. The $299.99 pl...

September 22nd 2008 at 8:22am 0 Comments
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Not that we had a whole heap of complaints about Samsung's BD-P1500 when we reviewed it earlier this month, but Samsung has already pushed out a minor firmware update that reportedly addresses "playback compatibility." Chances are you won't find it posted online just yet, but for those who connect...

June 30th 2008 at 9:34am 0 Comments
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Samsung has always led the way when it comes to Blu-ray players. It was the first to market, months before even Sony or the PS3. Sammy has also released more generations of Blu-ray decks than any other manufacturer at four. Sure, Samsung players have had a few problems, and with few exceptions cust...

June 4th 2008 at 9:25am 0 Comments
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It's been two years since we got a chance to play with the first Blu-ray player which was also a Samsung and here we are with the fourth generation player at our disposal. Right up front we like the way it looks, but there's no doubt this is a different class of machine from the previous generation...

May 29th 2008 at 6:11pm 0 Comments
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Remember that April June release date that Samsung just threw out not even a month ago for its twice-delayed BD-P1500? Yeah, apparently that's not entirely accurate. A few shots here prove that the firm's latest BD-Live-ready Blu-ray deck is indeed hitting at least some store shelves already, with...

May 13th 2008 at 4:59pm 0 Comments