Samsung set to ship first Blu-ray player to Australian market

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 Samsung,  the first to launch a  Blu-ray player to in US has confirmed that it will also become the first to  launch a Blu-ray player to the Australian market, with its BD-P1000 set to  become...
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I guess this is slightly off topic but… Does HDTV do away with PAL/NTSC/SECAM etc and have one single global TV standard? I would have thought this would be a great opportunity to do so, but… Is 1080p in US/Jap the same as 1080p in Aus/UK ?

The TV networks here are taking the cheap way out by not providing 1080p only 1080i but that is only for two of the five free to air channels. The others use a mix of upscaling to acheive HD. :r As far as I know HD doesn’t do away with PAL etc and in OZ we use PAL B.

Not many displays support 1080p. My pioneer plasma only goes up to 1080i. I read the next Pioneer model will probably have 1080p. There is a Panasonic plasma that upscales to 1080p but this isnt true 1080p. As for the PAL/NTSC/SECAM issue, they are the same technically in HDTV as the resolution is identical and PAL can output 60hz like NTSC. In standard definition PAL always provided 625 lines compared to NTSC’s 525 although PAL ran at 50hz on tv’s without PAL60.