NEWS: Samsung cancels combo HD player

It may well come as no surprise to hear the news that Samsung has cancelled the release of the BD-UP5500, the company's planned 2nd-generation combo Blu-ray and HD DVD (come again?) player.

Of course we never got to see the first player – reports suggested it certainly had its foibles – so it looks like that could be the end of Samsung producing combo players. And that decision seems wholly sensible to us...

Though, naturally enough, a Samsung statement showed the company is eager to continue to sell the BD-UP5000. The statement read: "[As] Blu-ray has been chosen as the next-generation format, the consumer can move forward with confidence and enjoy the incredible experience that Blu-ray offers.

Samsung believes that a multi-format player like the current BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player (Duo) offers the best and only solution for consumers that want access to all available High-Definition (HD) titles in the short term. It remains a practical solution, but the window of opportunity is smaller than it was before. In light of recent announcements, Samsung will not introduce the BD-UP5500 Duo HD Player."

So there you have it. And with rumours mounting that LG's planned 2nd-gen combo player will never see the light of the day, it seems likely that the days of combo HD players are unsurprisingly numbered...

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Joe Cox
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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).