November 3, 2008
Samsung Delays Blu-ray Internal Decoding

By Danny Richelieu

On Friday, October 31, Samsung announced it would be delaying the release of a firmware update that adds internal decoding capability for DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS®’ newest lossy audio encoding codec that is rarely used on Blu-ray Discs™. Samsung’s Public Relations firm released this statement:

“Please be advised that the planned firmware update scheduled to provide DTS-HD [High Resolution Audio] audio format support for the BD-P1500, BD-P2500, and BD-P2550 Blu-ray players has been delayed. The reason for this slight postponement is that Samsung plans to add not only internal decoding for DTS-HD [High Resolution Audio] but also DTS-HD [Master Audio] as well. This exciting firmware upgrade will become available by the end of the year.

"Keep in mind that all three players already support DTS-HD-HR and DTS-HD-MA audio through bitstream. Thanks!”

This firmware delay does not affect the release of the firmware update for the BD-P1500 that effectively transformed it into a BD-Live™ (Profile 2.0) player, which was released on October 7. The BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 were both BD-Live-compatible out of the box.

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