Samsung Reveals First 4K UHD Blu-ray Player

Update: Samsung unveils pricing for the UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Retail price will be $399.99 in the US and is due to ship in March 2016. Order now through Amazon.com

The wait for 4K Blu-ray players is almost over… Samsung’s recent announcement at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, showcased the “curved design” UBD-K8500 which will be the world’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player and is expected to be released early next year (2016), however many industry experts and enthusiast are hoping for a launch date that will be just in time for the holidays.

No pricing is available at this time; however, Samsung claims it will be less than $500.00.

Samsung’s new 4K Blu-ray player will deliver four times the resolution and 64 times the color expression of the standard HD Blu-ray format. The player also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) content and can play UHD Blu-rays at up to 60 frames per second. In addition, the UBD-K8500 will support 4K streaming services from Netflix and Amazon Instant. The player is also capable of upscaling all standard DVD’s as well as HD Blu-ray discs to near 4K quality.

Disc storage capacity has increased from 50GB for the current HD disc format, all the way up to 100GB for the new UHD format, and will support the latest picture quality enhancements which include sharper images, better contrast and richer, more natural colors.

So what about 4K blu-ray disc content you ask? Well I have good news… 20th Century Fox has announced it will issue all of its new releases in 4K Ultra HD with HDR as well as  standard HD in conjunction with the release of Samsung’s new UHD player. The company is also working on bringing its recent releases to the new 4K UHD format, ready to launch at the same time as the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player early next year.

Pricing for UHD discs is expected to be around $30. However, exact pricing will depend on the movie studios.

I believe having 4K Blu-ray content available with the launch of Samsung’s UBD-K8500 will definitely kick start the sales of this new UHD disc and player format. It will also spawn new sales for the 4K television market.

My Final Thoughts…

As more and more consumers turn to video streaming services – which also includes 4K content – for their home video entertainment instead of physical media (disc) formats, may have an impact on the success 4K Blu-ray.

I certainly hope there are still enough individuals (myself included) who prefer viewing there movies on disc media to help push this new Ultra HD disc format into the foreseeable future.

 

Updated on 1/9/2016

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