Those hoping to keep the format war alive in their lounges with a dual-format player might be disappointed to note that Samsung's BD-UP5000 is not coming to market in the UK.

A statement released to certain media today has revealed that the Korean company has straight out canceled the planned launch of the player. It reads:

"Now that Blu-ray has been chosen as the next-generation format, the consumer can move forward with confidence and enjoy the incredible experience that Blu-ray offers."

"Samsung believes that a multi-format player like the current BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player offers the best and only solution for consumers that want access to all available High-Definition (HD) titles in the short term."

"It remains a practical solution, but the window of opportunity is smaller than it was before. In light of recent announcements, Samsung will not introduce the BD-UP5500 Duo HD Player."

This means Samsung's next-gen offerings in the UK are now decidedly on the light - and frankly, old - side of things.