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Mar 17 2006, 3:03am EST | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Pre-Order of Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc Player Starts Today!
 
 

Sony announced at their Las Vegas '06 Open House event that their first Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S1 is available for pre-order starting today March 17th. Besides Sony Style, Amazon.com and other stores are supposed to open pre-order today.

At the CES 2006 it looked like the Samsung BD-1000 Blu-ray player will ship in Spring and be the first Blu-ray player on the market. Things changed I guess. I cannot find any store offering the Samsung Blu-ray Disc player.

The timing for the announcement is good, as HD-DVD is apparently facing some delays.
Although you can pre-order the Sony BDP-S1 for about $1,000 it will not ship until July. It is the hottest gamble for Early Adopters since a long time. HD-DVD or Blu-ray? Who will succeed? Or are we going to see dual-format HD drives, like the one LG mentioned this week.
The Toshiba HD DVD Player HD-A1 sells for half what Sony wants to charge you for their High definition player. Sony's player does 1080p, whereas the Toshiba HD DVD players only do 720p/1080i. Sony is also upconverting standard DVDs to 1080p. I do not thing the resolution will be the decision maker, it will and should be the movie line-up. Besides the BDP-S1 Sony is also going to offer the following Blu-ray productrs: A VAIO desktop, notebook computers, an aftermarket internal computer drive, and recordable/rewritable media.
The VAIO PC with Blu-ray Disc will be available for about $2,300. Both the VAIO RC desktop and notebook with a Blu-ray Disc drive will be available by early summer.
In April, Sony plans to begin shipping 25GB BD-R (write once) and BD-RE (rewritable) discs for about $20 and $25 respectively. The 50GB BD-R and BD-RE dual-layer discs will come in subsequent months for about $48 and $60 respectively.
More details in this Sony press-release.

Amazon.com offers the Sony BDP-S1 for $999.00.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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