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Following LG, Samsung announces dual-format player

Samsung has announced that it will compete head on with its Korean rival LG with the introduction of a dual HD DVD/ Blu-ray player.

The new player, officially dubbed the BD-UP5000 steals a technological march on its rival by offering interactive support for both formats. LG’s BH100 ‘Super Multi Blue’ offers full support for the Blu-ray Java platform, but not HDi, HD DVD’s interactive system.

“As a member of the DVD Forum and contributor to the DVD Industry, we recognize that both HD-DVD and BD formats have merits. As such, we have decided to market a dual format player. Samsung is flexible to market a stand-alone HD-DVD player whenever consumers demand it. Our main concern is not technology but consumer choice” said Dongsoo Jun, Executive Vice President, Digital AV Division, Samsung Electronics.

Story filed 11.06.07

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