Blu-ray un-officially launched

June 15, 2006

SamsungMuch like the early sales of Toshiba’s HD-A1 and HD-XA1, reports of Best Buy selling Samsung’s BD-P1000 Blu-ray player, some 10 full days before the scheduled launch are popping up everywhere. It seems as if DVD’s aren’t the only thing Best Buy allows out the door before the official release date.

This is great news for Blu-ray backers, except the for the small problem of finding any Blu-ray disc’s to go with the players. The first seven Blu-ray titles won’t be released (hey maybe Best Buy will…) until June 20th.

So there you have it, after all the posturing, delays and rhetoric we can finally get on with letting sales, not talk drive this whole debacle to a conclusion. Hopefully that conclusion will come sometime in 2007, 2008 or hopefully before I die of old age.

Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD disc load times:

I noticed in David Katzmaier’s “Samsung BD-P1000: Blu-ray hands-on” article over at C|Net, he mentions the Samsung BD-P1000 “took 58 seconds from the time I closed the drawer for the disc’s menu to appear”

David then goes on to state “We timed the Toshiba at 90 seconds to load most discs after being turned on, but that was before a firmware upgrade that reportedly cuts load times down quite a bit.”

I just happen to have a HD-A1 with the latest official firmware upgrade from Toshiba. Using the digital stop-watch function in my cell phone I timed three disc loads on my HD-A1, from tray open to video on-screen my longest load time was 61 seconds.

Interesting, as I know the Toshiba’s load times were a point of contention in many reviews, if David’s measurements are accurate the Samsung is a whopping 3 seconds faster. For what it’s worth however, I never had a load time as long as what David described, even before the firmware upgrade.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray


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