Prices on Ultra HD Blu-ray players by Samsung and Philips are dropping as much as $100 ahead of the forthcoming Xbox One S console release, which is slated for next month. The new console will double as an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and versions of it will sell for $399, $350 and $299.
Wal-Mart is trying out the InstaWatch platform, which will enable customers who buy a Blu-ray disc or DVD to access a digital copy of the video on Vudu.com after scanning a receipt with a SavingsCatcher application on a mobile phone.
Just 7% of U.S. households own a Blu-ray disc player while 11% have an HD DVD machine, the format that was rendered obsolete by Blu-ray, according to a Harris Interactive poll that was conducted in April. The survey, however, did show that the percentage of Americans with a Blu-ray player has trended upward since May 2008, when 4% of respondents said they owned a Blu-ray.
Blu-ray supporter Samsung Electronics Co. reportedly will include an HD-DVD player with its new M55 notebook, the blog Engadget HD reports. Samsung, which recently introduced a Blu-ray player in the U.K. market, has not officially announced the M55 notebook.
Samsung Electronics Co., which backs the Blu-ray Disc format, reportedly is considering a dual-format player that supports both Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, one company spokesman said. The same company official said no decision has been made and added that Samsung believes Blu-ray Disc will beat HD-DVD in the commercial marketplace.