Samsung delays fourth gen BD-P1500 Blu-ray player, adds BD-Live (1 Viewer)

navychop

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Good.

I suspect most people with HDTVs won't ever connect their players to the internet- but they'll want the "latest and greatest" features anyway.
 

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I am still having problems with Samsung not following the script. Even when they add features they still have problems with new releases and require constant firmware updates. Maybe they will break the mold with the BD-1500. I personally am waiting to see what Toshiba unleashes in the BD market. They always make quality players and even though HD-DVD did not make it I still believe that Toshiba can be a mover and shaker with the right equipment release.
 

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Thats what kept me away from the 1400 and to the BD30.

They updated it, $399 aint bad.


We can't really see the logic in releasing a Blu-ray player without BD-Live in 2008 -- and neither can Samsung, which just announced its fourth generation BD-P1500 will be BD-Live Ready. The bad news is the May release date announced earlier has slipped to June, and the formerly comfortable $399 MSRP is now a less promising TBA. We're not sure if that "ready" tag means it will be BD-Live enabled out of the gate, however DTS-HD "High resolution" is confirmed on the way in a future firmware update. A slight delay for a significant upgrade in features? We'll allow it.

Update: Samsung let us know the press release was in error, the MSRP will remain at $399.
 
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$399 is a decent price for that player. As a result, Philips has another two months to sucker people with their beyond ugly dumbed down Panny DMP-BD30 clone that can't decode TrueHD Bonus View player at $399.

I'm laughing, since Amazon is still selling the BD-P1400 for $399.

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April 28: What's Amazon's #1 Selling Blu-ray Player?
What's the best-selling Blu-ray player at Amazon.com?

As of April 28, the answer is...Samsung's BD-P1400 Blu-ray player, available now for $399 -- $100 off the suggested list price. The high-def DVD player can playback Blu-ray discs and can upconvert standard-def DVDs so they will be near-HD quality. The set-top can also display Blu-ray discs in 1080p video.

The player can be delivered in one business day at Amazon.com and it also plays audio CDs as well as various DVD formats.
 

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$399 is a decent price for that player. As a result, Philips has another two months to sucker people with their beyond ugly dumbed down Panny DMP-BD30 clone that can't decode TrueHD Bonus View player at $399.
Who the hell would clone the BD30? Philips should have known that the DMP-BD30 has no internal decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, or DTS-HD Master Audio.
 

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From a comment on edgadget. I just thought the poster put it perfectly. Basically to sum it up this is the crap you get when a format allows features to be optional. What a mess.

“What the heck is the point in releasing a machine and then say that a particular audio codec will get supported later? I mean look at all the hubbub about the LG Combo player. They say it has everything but the kitchen sink but it took them months to get a firmware update to support some of the audio they promised. When you look at pictures of the LG it has the logos for the audio codecs right on it. You would think it would support out of the box what was stenciled onto it. Same thing with Samsung. Why not wait and release the product finished?”

PS is there a difference between BD-live and BD-live ready? Please tell me no.
 

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Who the hell would clone the BD30? Philips should have known that the DMP-BD30 has no internal decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, or DTS-HD Master Audio.

It won't decode the two lossless formats. It will decode DTS-HD HR and Dolby Digital + which would make it a great HD DVD player (with Dolby TrueHD added as it's mandatory), but questionable on the Blu side since DD+ and DTS-HD HR are rare on the Blu side. Philips even copied (and magnified) Panny's de-interlacing issues. Not that Toshiba, Sony and others can point fingers on that one.
 

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Hate to burst you alls' bubbles, but even though all HD DVD players decode True HD, HD DVD was only required to decode the left/right primary channels. The 1500 right now decodes two channel True HD and Samsung has said it will support full internal decoding with a future update. Probably along the same time that they enable BD Live. It will only bitstream DTS master Audio.

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allargon

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Hate to burst you alls' bubbles, but even though all HD DVD players decode True HD, HD DVD was only required to decode the left/right primary channels. The 1500 right now decodes two channel True HD and Samsung has said it will support full internal decoding with a future update. Probably along the same time that they enable BD Live. It will only bitstream DTS master Audio.

S~

Not a bubble bursting at all--Sammy's half-hearted combo player the BD-UP5k only decodes two channels of TrueHD despite having 7.1 channel analog out (Wasted potential? Ooooohhhhh yeah). HD DVD was only required but the non-combo (Toshiba, RCA, Venturer, Onkyo, Integra) HD DVD players would do 7.1 over HDMI or 5.1 over multichannel analog (for the four players that supported it). Sammy is notorious for releasing hardware with alpha/beta firmware. Caveat emptor!
 

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