As the format war escalates it is confirmed that Samsung has begun shipping their Blu-ray players.

According to The Digital Bits, Samsung's BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player is on it's way to U.S. stores. Sales of the machines are expected to start on June 25.

Sadly, Sony has pushed back the release of their Blu-ray unit until the middle of August. It had initially been expected to surface in July.