More Blu-ray delays

June 6, 2006

BlurayThis morning (or yesterday if you factor in the time difference) Pioneer announced their decision to delay the North American launch of Pioneer branded Blu-ray products, until the “autumn” yes autumn that’s not a typo.

Although the announcement doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, (many had speculated as much) the statement this morning from Pioneer was the first official word of the delay.

As recently as several weeks ago, Pioneer had made mention of still being on track for a June release, although some sources had predicted the player would launch back in May, based on early word from the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show.

With a suggested retail of $1500 to $1800 one has to wonder what if any significant impact Pioneer’s now delayed BDP-HD1 Blu-ray player, would have had in the overall success of Blu-ray’s launch. However it appears as if Pioneer might not be the only Blu-ray partner to delay launch.

Apparently Crutchfield originally indicated the Samsung BD-P1000 would be available on or around June 23rd. A quick check of the “Pre-order yours today” link on the BD-P1000 product page, now lists the in-stock date as July 28th.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray


Comments

  • westcott

    I really do not have a preferance for either format so I would consider myself fairly neutral about the subject.

    These delays really do not bother me because I am really more interested in when content of any significance will be released.

    It seems that the studios are waiting to release the block busters and the classics when the analog (component) hole is closed. So the real question is when is that going to happen? 6 months, a year?

    It sure is hurting both camps since many of us are not willing to invest in either technology until we know that we can get any title we want in any format (HD DVD or BR) we want without worrying whether or not we made the wrong investment decision IMO.

    It seems no one is willing to fade the heat yet for ICT’s until they absolutely have no choice or they have run out of marginal release titles.

  • westcott

    I really do not have a preferance for either format so I would consider myself fairly neutral about the subject.

    These delays really do not bother me because I am really more interested in when content of any significance will be released.

    It seems that the studios are waiting to release the block busters and the classics when the analog (component) hole is closed. So the real question is when is that going to happen? 6 months, a year?

    It sure is hurting both camps since many of us are not willing to invest in either technology until we know that we can get any title we want in any format (HD DVD or BR) we want without worrying whether or not we made the wrong investment decision IMO.

    It seems no one is willing to fade the heat yet for ICT’s until they absolutely have no choice or they have run out of marginal release titles.

  • Adam Griffith

    As a HD DVD supporter, all these delays, all this bad news for the BD camp that have been revealed over the last month or so have looked horrendous for their side.

    Since I’m not a BD supporter though, I don’t really know how BD fans actually feel about all this. I’m curious. How much of an effect has all this news really had on their motivation to stick with BD? How dis-heartened are they by it? And have these delays actually turned them off to the format or made them think about jumping ship?

    I know only enthusiasts would care or follow this stuff now but still, how are the BD enthusiasts taking all this news?

  • Adam Griffith

    As a HD DVD supporter, all these delays, all this bad news for the BD camp that have been revealed over the last month or so have looked horrendous for their side.

    Since I’m not a BD supporter though, I don’t really know how BD fans actually feel about all this. I’m curious. How much of an effect has all this news really had on their motivation to stick with BD? How dis-heartened are they by it? And have these delays actually turned them off to the format or made them think about jumping ship?

    I know only enthusiasts would care or follow this stuff now but still, how are the BD enthusiasts taking all this news?