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Looking to stay competitive with LG's recently announced second-generation dual-format HD disc player and other premium Blu-ray players, Samsung said at CEDIA Expo that it has reduced the price of its forthcoming first dual-format Blu-ray HD DVD player from the original $1,049 to a $999 street price.
"We are keeping a very close eye on the pricing ratio between premium and sell-through single format players," said Reid Sullivan, Samsung digital A/V marketing VP.
The BD-UP5000 Duo HD player, which still has a vague "fourth-quarter" estimated time of arrival, will feature all of the mandated and many of the voluntary standards in both the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, including HDi-based Web-enabled interactivity on the HD DVD side.
Sullivan said Samsung is looking at special holiday promotions to push the deck.
On the Blu-ray side, the player features include BD-Java interactivity, and an Ethernet port enabling firmware upgradeability for possible additional feature enhancements.
The high-end player will include Silicon Optix's HQV video processing technology, and will output high-definition formats including 1080p.
In other announcements, Samsung set the price on its mammoth 70-inch 1080p LCD TV at a $40,000 suggested retail. The set, which is part of Samsung's 93 series, is due to arrive in "the fourth quarter."
The unit uses LED backlighting connected to a system — recently re-dubbed "SmartLighting" — that produces improved black level and contrast performance. The system, which employs 64 banks of LEDs to generate deeper blacks, boasts a 500,000:1 dynamic contrast level.
SmartLighting will also be featured in the company's 81 series LCD TVs due this fall. Those models will include the 40-, 46, 52- and 57-inch screen sizes.
Samsung showed for the first time what it is calling the first home theater system with an integrated Blu-ray Disc player.
Model HT-BD2 ($1,499), which is due in December, supports all of the advanced multichannel channel surround codecs up to 7.1 channels, and include five tower speakers, two satellites and a subwoofer.