While it might be a few months behind LG's ground breaking BH100 HD DVD/Blu-ray player Samsung has become the second company to announce it is going dual format.
Dubbed a 'Duo HD' player – a phrase we are sure to hear with increasing regularity in the next few years – the 'BD-UP5000' will aim to go one better than LG's BH100 since it claims to "fully support both HD DVD and Blu-ray" (LG's device lacks HD-DVD interactivity, known as 'HDi').
No official specifications were released to back up this boast but the device will apparently appear similar to the BD-P1200 Dongsoo Jun, Executive VP of the Digital AV Division at Samsung, did step to make a statement:
“We are very pleased to announce the upcoming release of our Duo HD player. Consumers are hungry for more HD content but are currently confused about competing formats. Samsung’s Duo HD player will allow consumers access to every HD movie title available regardless of the authoring format. Samsung is committed to making life simpler through technology and will market next generation DVD products which will satisfy the consumer and market requirement. This is a big win for the consumer."
To be fair, Jun isn't wrong. Any format war is a messy affair but the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle is also encapsulated with the confusion of different HD resolutions and the often misunderstood need for an HD source for HDTVs making it one of the worst so far.
Samsung says the BD-UP5000 will be out "in time for the holidays", in our minds we'd like to be on vacation next week.
Note: We'd always like to be on vacation!