If you’re tired of 4K streaming, it’s time for you to try it on a Blu-ray disk. Though, at the moment, there aren’t many Ultra HD Blu-ray players from Panasonic, Samsung, and Philips, the first affordable one which is going to be available will be from Samsung. The tech giant unveiled its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, here at CES 2016 after showing off a prototype version at IFA last year. And from the first day of CES 2016, the player is available for pre-order in Samsung’s website and Amazon.com, and it will ship in March.
Owners of a UHD TV without the sort of internet bandwidth essential for smooth and effective streaming through Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Vudu might be particularly interested in this player. Just like any other disk player you’ve seen, this player comes with a small arc detail along the bottom edge. The player lets you play everything from 4K streaming apps to Blu-ray 3D disks, and you can even rip CDs in WAV or MP3 format and store them in USB drives.
Collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox, Samsung featured a number of CDs from its studio. Those include The Martian, Wild, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Pan and others that are planned for early release in the format. In the next 12 months, the selection of disc movies will certainly grow. Many of the movies will also come with HDR contrast augmentation metadata programmed into them, something to fit nicely with the HDR capabilities of all these new Ultra HD Bu-ray players.
If you are planning to buy an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, preorder it right now as Samsung is offering an attractive price of $399.99, which is much lower than the Panasonic 4K Blu-ray player that is priced $3,300 in Japanese markets from November 2015.