Samsung has fired the first real shot in the high-definition DVD war by releasing the first Blu-ray DVD player in the US.
However, the player is already at a disadvantage because of its $999 (£540) price tag, which is twice as expensive as a basic HD-DVD player.
UK consumers also face a long wait for the format, and Samsung confirmed that the BD-P1000 device will not be on sale in Britain until the autumn.
"There is still no official date but it will not be until at least September or October," a spokeswoman told vnunet.com.
Samsung's player was originally supposed to launch on 24 May and was rumoured to have been delayed again earlier this week.
Blu-ray is competing against the HD-DVD format to become the de facto standard for high-definition DVD.
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