It only seemed like a matter of time before some company began to examine the prospects of creating an HD-DVD/Blu-ray disc combo player.

In a story from TG Daily, Kim Du-Hyon, "an assistant manager in Samsung's home-platform product planning division" said, "We don't have a plan to make an HD DVD-only player but are considering a universal player," he said. "We are preparing HD DVD [support] now and if we launch a universal player it will be the end of this year or early next year."

Apparently, with Samsung handling Blu-ray and Toshiba taking care of HD and the fact that both players are created under one roof, the prospect of putting this together from a business perspective seems like it may not be as hard as some people think.

Samsung's BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player will be available June 25.

Evan Jacobs