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February 27, 2006

First Blu-Ray player due May 23

Posted by Kim Peterson at 6:30 PM

Sony announced today that the first Blu-Ray disc player, the Samsung BD-P1000, will be available May 23. Sony and Pioneer plan to debut their players soon after, and Sony plans to also release a Blu-Ray compatible Vaio PC.

Eight so-so movie titles are also to go on sale on May 23, including "50 First Dates" and "Hitch," with another eight due out June 13.

The industry is preparing for a sequel to the VHS-Betamax battle with Blu-Ray and the HD-DVD high-definition formats. Sony and most movie studios are throwing their weight behind Blu-Ray, and adding the technology to the upcoming PlayStation 3 video game console will certainly add to the momentum, while Microsoft and Intel are pushing HD-DVD. See this story for more on how this battle escalated last month at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Blu-Ray discs can hold about five times more data than a normal DVD.

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