Don’t get your hopes up too high, yet, but Sony Pictures has announced a release date for the first Blu-ray HD movies. These will include 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, and House of Flying Daggers. The magic day is May 23, 2006.
Why that day? That’s the day that Samsung’s Blu-ray player is due for delivery. Never mind that it will reportedly cost $1,000. That’s twice the anticipated price of the less-expensive Toshiba HD DVD player that is expected to ship later this month.
I’m still not picking a winner here, but with the PS3 delay and pricetags for Blu-ray discs and players forecast to be twice those of HD DVD, it’s not looking good for Blu-ray.