Statement from Samsung Electronics Regarding BD-P1000 Blu-Ray player


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Found this in my mailbox:

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Statement from Samsung Electronics Regarding BD-P1000 Blu-Ray player:

Samsung Announces Plans to Make Running Line Production Change to
BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc Players

Running line production improvement to begin last week of October 2006

As we approach the 2006 holiday season, Samsung will make a running line
production improvement to BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc players destined for the
U.S. market. This production line improvement is slated to begin in the
last week of October, and will add Java title compatibility to coincide
with the launch of BD Java titles being released this fall. In addition,
these players will include a modified setting for the noise filter
reduction circuit that will provide a slightly sharper picture.

Both of these improvements will also be provided as a firmware upgrade
to existing owners of the BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player. This upgrade
will be available free of charge starting in the last week of October,
as a download on or on firmware discs by calling Samsung
Customer Service at (800)SAMSUNG.

All Samsung BD-P1000 players - including players sold since US market
launch this Spring - are compatible with movies to be released on
dual-layer (50GB) BD-ROM discs this Fall.


Thursday, September 14, 2006 · Last updated 6:49 p.m. PT

Samsung to fix Blue-ray image problem


NEW YORK -- Samsung Electronics Co. moved Thursday to address image quality concerns noted by some reviewers of its high-definition Blu-ray disc player, the first on the market, saying it would make production changes.

A review in this month's issue of Sound & Vision magazine noted that movies played back on Samsung's BD-P1000 player had inconsistent image quality, possibly due to a noise reduction circuit.

In an e-mailed statement, Samsung said it would modify the settings of the circuit in the production process to provide a "slightly sharper picture." It would also provide owners of existing players with free upgrade discs to fix the problem.

Samsung started selling the player in June for around $1,000.

The Blu-ray disc format, developed by Sony Corp., is vying with the HD DVD, developed by Toshiba Corp., to be the high-definition replacement for the DVD.

Early glitches may not be decisive in the fight, which could take years for the market to resolve. Early response from consumers has been tepid.

Reviews by The Associated Press and Sound & Vision have said Toshiba's $500 HD DVD player has excellent image quality but is clunky and slow in operation.
Sound & Vision Article On Samsung Modified Player

The Sept issue which came out late August claimed to have the model that had all the improvements.

The tests included the older model and the new model. They found very little improvement.

They concluded it was poor processing of the disks to BR HD.

I wrote about this last month called it a beta test since it was a preproduction model.

Is it me or does everyone just been over backwards to push BR with its ridiculous costs.

and if Sony wins by dumping product now what will it cost when competition is done.