After testing the first Blu-ray and HD DVD boxes to hit the market, I´m confident that the future of movie discs is clearly high-def: picture and sound quality from both players was terrific. But each had its own bugs and with studios split over the two formats and combo players at least a year away, smart consumers will hold off on that future a little longer.
Blu-Ray: Samsung BD-P1000
Number of announced movies: 132 (but wider studio support)
Not ready for prime time: no Ethernet port for connecting to the Internet, even though online interactivity is one of the selling points of the format.
Number of movies: 148
Not ready for prime time: hard-to-use remote, responds sluggishly to commands, and takes 90 seconds to start playing a disc.
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