Originally Posted by alfbinet
I would think they would have to be working with the DVD Forum if they plan to be fully functional with HDi-so do we think this is not a surprise to the DVD forum? Might be for the BD group.
Samsung already showed off an HD DVD laptop last year. This year they showed with an HD DVD burner. (Last year's couldn't burn HD DVDs, but could read them.)
P.S. Someone translated the BD-UP5000 article:During an exclusive event Samsung invited us to late February, it unveiled the future hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player which will launch in July: the BD-UP5000. Cosmetically it is very similar to the BD-P1200, the single-format Blu-ray player which will come out in April in the US. This "Duo HD Player", as the CE maker calls it, will be 100 percent operational as regards interactivity, both on Blu-ray (BD-J) as on HD DVD (HDi). It will have an HDMI 1.3 output and it will support all the new audio formats. It will also be possible to setup the HDMI output at 1080/24p, but only for Blu-ray. "It's because this option is not standardised on HD DVD yet", was the explanation. For DVD upscaling (to 720p, 1080i or 1080p), Samsung has chosen DCDi processing (as opposed to HQV on the BD-P1200) for "cost reasons". No final price has been disclosed, but Samsung is looking at a 10 percent price differential over the single-format Blu-ray players. In other news, the European launch of the BD-P1200 has been delayed without a date.
Dr. Shin, the father of the BD-UP5000, holds the 3-laser-diode drive specially designed for this player.