BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player  (Source: Samsung)
Samsung serves both HD format with its new BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player

"Can't we all just get along?" That seems to be the consensus at Samsung when it comes to the next generation high definition (HD) disc format wars. The company yesterday announced its BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player which can playback both Blu-ray and HD DVD content.

The BD-UP5000 Duo will serve as the company's flagship HD player, will feature a built-in Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processor, upscales standard DVDs to 1080p and has support for the HDMI 1.3 video/audio interface.

"Samsung is excited to introduce a new line of high-definition players that will enrich the theater experience at home," said Samsung VP of Digital AV marketing Reid Sullivan. "From the top-of-the-line BD-UP5000 to the entry BD-P1400 to the company's first home theater system with Blu-ray disc playback, Samsung offers a range of products at different price points to suit the growing consumer demand."

Unlike the first hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player to hit the market, the LG BH100, the BD-UP5000 Duo supports not only BD-Java but also HDi-based interactive menus.

Samsung says that the BD-UP5000 Duo will be available in time for the holiday shopping season at a price of $1,049 USD.

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