South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Tuesday it has delayed the U.S. launch of its next-generation DVD player for a month, to late June, in order to complete testing.
Japan's Toshiba Corp. last week started rolling out its HD DVD format players in Japan, becoming the first company to offer next-generation optical disc players worldwide.
Samsung is rescheduling the launch of its Blu-ray standard disc player in the United States to June 25 from May 23, the company said in a statement distributed by a public relations agency.
"We still anticipate that the Samsung BD-P1000 will be the first Blu-Ray player to launch at a national level in the United Sates," Samsung said in a statement. Japan's Sony Corp. plans to offer Blu-ray players in the United States in July.
Blu-ray technology is competing with HD DVD in the emerging war over the next DVD standard, which offers more storage capacity for high-definition movies than the current DVD format. At stake is the $24 billion-a-year home video market.
Samsung's BD-P1000 model is expected to be sold at a $999 street price and include a memory card interface, which enables users to enjoy digital still pictures on a high-definition television.
Toshiba plans to offer two HD DVD models in the United States from April, for $799 and $499, respectively.
Big consumer electronics firms such as Samsung, Sony, Philips , Dell and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. are in the Blu-ray camp.
HD DVD is a format supported by Toshiba and NEC, while Hewlett-Packard and LG Electronics Inc. are to support both standards.