January 07, 2006 in TV + Video News

SAMSUNG’S Highest Resolution Up-Converting DVD Players Enliven The Home Theater Experience

Las Vegas, NV - Samsung Electronics, an award-winning innovator in the DVD category, continues to make audio/videophiles smile with an expanded and augmented line of high-definition conversion DVD players with three new models, the DVD-HD860, DVD-HD960, and SACD, DVD-Audio compatible DVD-HD1080. Ideal for consumers who want to savor their DVD collections on new HD displays, the players utilize a digital process that upgrades standard DVD resolution to near high-definition quality with 1080i, 720p, and for the first time, 1080p. The new models also feature a sleek design that complements Samsung's stylish HDTVs. Samsung's entire DVD lineup will be on display during CES 2006 at the Samsung booth, #11033 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 5th - 8th.

Samsung's up-converting DVD players are the perfect solution for home theater enthusiasts with new digital televisions who are disappointed with the current lack of high-definition programming as well as the fact that their existing DVD collections do not match up in resolution to their beloved new sets. Samsung's new DVD-HD960 and DVD-HD1080 players rejuvenate DVD libraries by up-converting a DVD's native resolution (480p) to output close to high-definition formats (720p/1080i/1080p). Because the upconversion process occurs in the digital domain, no data is lost (compared with analog conversion) and the resulting image is pristine.

"Samsung's 2006 lineup of high-definition conversion DVD players is a boon for HDTV owners and fans who want to enjoy their digital entertainment to the fullest," says Maria Colon, Samsung Electronics America's DVD Marketing Manager. "Not only can consumers upconvert their DVD collections to near HD quality, but with the new DVD-HD1080's 5.1ch DVD Audio / SACD support, their favorite movies and shows will sound as good as they look."

Samsung's DVD-HD860 and DVD-HD960 are slim, elegant DVD players with multiple features. The players offer up-conversion, HDMI outputs for simple, single-cable connection of uncompressed digital video, and HD JPEG playback for viewing crystal clear photos in the comfort of your home theater. The super-slim, DVD-HD860 upconverts to 720p/1080i while the DVD-HD960 goes up to a near HD, 1080p resolution.

The DVD-HD960 and DVD-HD1080 boast a natural, clear picture, upconverted by way of DCDi by Faroudja (Directional Correlation De-interlacing), which substantially eliminates jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive-scan displays.

The cream of this year's DVD player crop, the DVD-HD1080 boasts 5.1ch DVD Audio / SACD support via its HDMI output and true HD 1080p progressive output. This means your home theater can become your home concert arena when watching favorite music DVDs. The unit has an emotional Jog-shuttle, allowing for improved ease of navigation within the DVD's content.

The DVD-HD860 is available in March 2006 for $99 MAP. The DVD-HD960 is available in April 2006 for $179 MAP. The DVD-HD1080 is in May 2006 for $249 MAP.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,600 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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