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#1 of 15 Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:06 PM

SAMSUNG Announces Pricing and Availability of 2010 Blu-ray Player Lineup

2010 Models Set New Standards for 3D Playback, Innovative Design and Energy Efficiency


RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., March 9, 2010 – – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its ground breaking 2010 lineup of Blu-ray players, beginning at $179.99. As announced at CES, the BD-C6900, winner of the 2010 CES Best of Innovations Award, leads the lineup, featuring built-in 3D playback. For design and performance-conscience consumers, the BD-C7500 is the slimmest Blu-ray player to date, with a nature-inspired, contemporary form factor. Meanwhile, the BD-C6500 offers both performance and speed with faster disc load and boot up times, while the entry-level BD-C5500 features an eco-design. Samsung’s Blu-ray lineup will be on public display at the Samsung Experience, located at The Time Warner Center in New York City beginning March 9, 2010.

Series/Model     Estimated Selling Price        Availability
BD-C5500                 $179.99                     March 2010
BD-C6500                 $249.99                     March 2010
BD-C6900                 $399.99                     March 2010
BD-C7500                 $349.99                        1st half
BD-C8000                $499.99                      June 2010

“Our new Blu-ray players provide a superb entertainment experience with innovative style elements that complement many of our latest HDTVs,” said John Revie, senior vice president of Home Entertainment for Samsung Electronics America. “This line up delivers on our commitment to a total solution for home entertainment, including 3D capability, and we’re excited about providing a wide range of options for everyone.”

Premium HD Experience Packed into the Slimmest Form Factor: BD-C7500
The Samsung BD-C7500 offers a multimedia experience that goes well beyond traditional Blu-ray players. A CES 2010 Innovations Honoree in the Video Components product category, the BD-C7500 is Samsung’s slimmest Blu-ray player on the market at 1.1 inches. The super-slim, stylish device features an elegant nature-inspired wood design coated with jewel-like gloss. It is designed to be wall-mounted, or comes with a wedge stand and can be placed on a 40-degree angle or placed flat. It includes a motorized front panel, wireless dongle, 1GB of embedded memory, and two- channel analog out.
The BD-C7500 features improved disc load and boot up times, while the 1080p playback reproduces movie images at 24 fps without need for up-conversion, resulting in a natural on-screen motion.

Liberating Content with 3D Playback: BD-C6900
With the BD-C6900, entertainment enthusiasts can enjoy 3D content on their Blu-ray player, enhanced with multi-channel HD surround sound. Samsung provides consumers with a way to immerse themselves in the entertainment experience and watch their favorite 3D titles from the comfort of their homes. The player is compatible with Samsung’s new 3D HDTVs, liberating content for the TVs by adding a new dimension to home entertainment.
True in its commitment to elegant design, Samsung delivers the BD-C6900 in a slim form factor and a transparent cover that allows the consumer to see the disk spin as it plays. It includes built-in Wi-Fi, 1GB embedded memory, 1 USB port, and 7.1 channel analogue out.

Fast Performance, Quality Entertainment: BD-C6500
With fast 15-second disc loads boot-up times, the BD-C6500 is one of the quickest Blu-ray players in the market giving consumers more time to relax and enjoy their favorite movies in high-definition. Another CES 2010 Innovations Honoree, the player features enhanced Blu-ray disc playback using Samsung’s Adaptive Servo Technology (AST). All of this is packaged in a slim and sleek design and includes built-in Wi-Fi ability, 1GB embedded memory, 1 USB port, and 7.1 channel analogue out.

Affordable, High Performing: BD-C5500
The BD-C5500 is designed for those who want a high-performing Blu-ray player with advanced multimedia features at an affordable value. It includes a turbo engine for fast booting and loading and is Wi-Fi ready (separate purchase of Samsung Wi-Fi USB dongle required) providing consumers with access to apps based content services so they can surf the content of their DLNA devices or the diverse entertainment options via Internet@TV. It also includes two USB ports and Full Screen, which allows you to expand HDTV images from 21:9 formats to 16:9 screen size at the touch of a remote button.

Connected TV and Samsung Apps
With a focus on connected entertainment, the BD-C6500 and models above include built-in Wi-Fi support. Consumers are also able to access Samsung’s upgraded Internet@TV feature for the first time on all Samsung Blu-ray players via their wireless/broadband connection, even if they do not have a Samsung HDTV. New for Internet@TV this year is Samsung Apps, providing consumers with an expanded, easy to navigate selection of content and applications from leading services like The Associated Press, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, USA TODAY, and Vudu. Applications can be downloaded and viewed all while watching TV. More than 20 will launch by the end of March free of charge, with more to come.

Greater Energy Efficiencies
Consistent across all of the 2010 Blu-ray player models is a commitment to green technology. Each player has improved energy efficiency through technologies such as loader duty control,
low voltage spindle motor, and analog video detect, which contribute to a reduced power consumption of 13W during disc playback, and just 0.1W in stand-by mode. The players are all compliant to EnergyStar® 2.0 guidelines.
Samsung’s press releases, video content and product images are available at www.samsung.com/newsroom.

*Apps vary by Model and Product. See product for specific availability.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

#2 of 15 Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:12 PM

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#3 of 15 Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 09 2010 - 02:18 PM

Please note that anyone who purchases a Samsung 3D player and 3D capable TV will get a free 3D Starter kit which contains 2 pair of 3D glasses and a copy of Monsters vs Aliens on 3D at the store.

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Posted March 10 2010 - 03:32 AM

I'm really anxious to see what this stuff looks like in person, but as an aside...

I wonder how many people will be disappointed when they get it home and discover that the 3D images don't actually extend beyond the physical borders of the TV screen, as it is so eloquently depicted on the rear box art of the 3D starter kit (and just about everywhere else 3D is advertised)... /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif


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Posted March 10 2010 - 12:17 PM

 Jason,

Not sure if you were being tongue-in-cheek with that remark.

The image does extend beyond the boundaries of the TV screen.

There are moments where a finger, arm or even a bouncing 
paddle ball will come directly out of the TV screen into the face
of the viewer.

The technology, as it stands now, is very impressive.  Most
people who have seen it want one of these displays in their home.
Can you just imagine the entertainment value of being the first
to have 3D in the home?


We are still working on completing our coverage mainly for the
fact that we have some personal issues with the technology.
There seems to be noticeable ghosting in the 3D images that
at this point we are uncertain is related to the displays or the
authoring of the BD software.

In other words, right now, we don't think the technology is
refined enough to make 3D in the home the perfect viewing
experience.

More to come over the next few days.


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Posted March 10 2010 - 01:09 PM

Ron,

I was not being tongue in cheek in the manner that you thought I was.  I am familiar with the effect of 3D.  In fact, as a software engineer for a company that produces software specifically for the eyecare industry, I've even worked in creating 2-color anaglyph 3-D images from stereo image pairs, and created interactive software applications that, when used while wearing anaglyph glasses, allow the user to manipulate objects in 3D space.

What I was referring to in the image above was the character's head that protrudes beyond the top of the screen.  The advertising "message" that I feel the packaging conveys is "In 2D you wouldn't see her head, but thanks to the magic of 3D you can see her in all her glory".  We all know that any onscreen image that is effectively cropped by the physical left/right and top/bottom of the screens will still be cropped at the same point when viewed in 3D, albeit they will appear at whatever "depth" the 3D effect will produce.  I was referring to the fact that there is no magical mechanism that can enable a TV to produce an image beyond the edges of the actual screen.

Granted, it's impossible to truly convey the effects of 3D on a 2D package (what would be the point of all that expensive new equipment?) so the natural approach is to "fake it" and depicting depth is best done by breaking the physical boundaries of objects within the screen.

As an engineer, I guess I'm just wired to nitpick when things of a technical nature aren't depicted in a manner that's totally congruent to actual use cases.

I have been following the development of 3D for the home with great curiosity and agree that it's a bit early to seriously consider making the jump with all the technical question marks still floating around.  It's definitely something I'll be keeping my eye on, and will try to check out in person at a showroom near me one of these days.

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Posted March 10 2010 - 11:35 PM

Jason,

Ah, gotcha.  You have a very interesting background and
look forward to your future contributions on this subject. 

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Posted March 22 2010 - 08:06 PM

Granted, it's impossible to truly convey the effects of 3D on a 2D package (Discount tiffany jewelry?) so the natural approach is to "fake it" and depicting depth is best done by breaking Gift  the physical boundaries of objects within the screen.

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Posted August 08 2010 - 04:02 PM

quite expensive but I guess it is great...samsung is good I think ...some of the things that I use to have are from samsung and it works well...



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Posted August 09 2010 - 10:37 AM

Samsung recently introduced the BDC-5900, a 3D Blu Ray player at a lower price point (About $210 street price).  It lacks a few features of the 6900, primarily built-in Wi Fi.

MSRP on the 6900 is now $349.


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Posted August 10 2010 - 03:44 AM



I just received the Samsung Blu-ray BD-C6900 player with my Samsung 8000 3D TV and starter kit. I also purchased 3 - 3D videos from from Amazon.


One of the vids is Blu-ray and it views great. The other two vids are not Blu-ray and I can't seem to get them to work. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a setting on the player or the TV that I should be aware of to get these to work? Is Samsung proprietary to Blu-ray only?


Any help is greatly appreciated.


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