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May 26 2006, 7:52am CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Blu-ray not Launching This Summer?
 
 

I had two interesting conversations yesterday at the High End 2006 about Blu-ray. One was with Pioneer and the other with Panasonic.

Pioneer demoed at their booth the Blu-ray disc player BDP-HD1 (photo). Pioneer announced their Blu-ray player at the CES 2006. I talked to a couple of Pioneer people at the booth. They said Pioneer will launch the BDP-HD1 in November after the Sony PS3 has launched. I got the same launch time information from a Panasonic representative for their Blu-ray disc player DMP-BD10.

There are reports though that Sony has started to replicate Blu-ray discs in the United States. Sony's last announced release date is June 20th for nine Blu-ray disc titles. There is no clear release date for the Sony BDP-S1. The Best Buy estimated arrival time is 8/10-8/17/2006.

Looking at all this questions remain: Why are two large companies holding off on the release of their Blu-ray products? Will Sony delay again? Will only PC Blu-ray drives be available when Sony launches the first Blu-ray titles in June? The Pioneer representative was also making sure to mention that the Blu-ray movie playback quality on the Sony PS3 will be by far not as good as on their BDP-HD1. The Sony PS3 is not a low-cost product ($599), so you would actually expect to get a decent Blu-ray disc player, right?

If you thought the Sony BDP-S1 was expense ($999.99), Pioneer's BDP-HD1 will sell apparently for more than $1,800.

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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.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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