Best Buy now selling 4K Blu-ray discs in-store, a couple weeks ahead of schedule

by on February 17, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 17, 2016

Despite an official release date that’s in March of 2016, Best Buy, one of the largest electronics retailers in the U.S, has already started selling the new Blu-ray disc format movies, or at least the few titles that are currently slated for availability.

In other words, those of you who spent your money on several pre-orders of these new discs from Amazon.com or another online source and already have one of Samsung’s 4K UHD Blu-ray players (which were also released early) in your home, you might not feel too happy about the pointless delay you’ll now have to go through for the titles you’ve already bought.

For the rest of you, now is your basically immediate chance to see what native 4K Blu-ray really looks like on your home entertainment system, provided you own a Samsung 4K Blu-ray player, the only model already on sale here and there, and a 4K TV of coursepreferably with HDR as well.

Titles seen by CNET reporters in Best Buy included movies such as Chappie, The Martian, Fantastic Four, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and The Maze Runner. All of the movies come with HDR labels proudly pasted onto them and are, as far as we know, selling for $27.99 apiece. The CNET reporting on the new 4K Blu-ray titles was done at the 14th St Manhattan Best Buy outlet but it likely applies to at least a number of other major stores throughout the country. Thus, if you’re near a Best Buy, go ahead and take a peek if you’d like to have an early start on the ultra HD Blu-ray with HDR experience.

What was also interesting about these titles involved their pricing. Instead of retailing for a higher cost than that of their 1080p HD cousins, the 4K titles were all selling for about $2 less, possibly in an effort to make them more attractive in an expectation of lower demand.

Buyers of the new in-store 4K Blu-ray discs might also want to pick up Samsung's UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player

Buyers of the new in-store 4K Blu-ray discs might also want to pick up Samsung’s UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player

In any case, users who want to enjoy these movies at their fullest capacity can do so with one of Philip’s Panasonic’s or Samsung’s 4K Blu-ray players, with only the Samsung UBD-K8500 model currently on sale for $399 from select retailers, including Best Buy.

In the coming months of 2016, at least 100 new 4K Blu-ray titles are expected to hit shelves from several different major studios, including Warner Bros, Fox, Sony Studios and Lionsgate Films. We’d be willing to bet that this selection will expand still further if demand for the 4K Blu-ray format takes off down the road.

Story by 4k.com



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  • Eyeball
    February 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Does anyone know who is selling HDMI 2.0a cable.


    • Stephen
      February 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Hello Eyeball, right off the top of my head, I can tell you that they’re already sold by Amazon.com and thus likely found or soon to be found in any decent electronics/accessories retailer, including Best Buy.


    • Jordan
      February 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

      There is no such thing as an hdmi 2.0a cable. Hdmi 2.0a is hardware. Hdmi cables just pass along information. As long as its a high speed hdmi cable version 1.4, it will pass through the newest hdmi 2.0a standards….hdr, wide color gamut and 4k resolution. Companies will try to fool you and charge more for an hdmi 2.0a “cable” but dont fall for it. I’m using hdmi cables that I bought for less than 10 bucks and they work fine with my new Samsung UHD player and 4k discs.


    • Julian B
      February 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

      All HDMI cables rated at high speed will work, no change with the cables, just hardware.


      • Tony r
        February 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

        its not the cable, its the port on the hardware your putting the cable in. If the port on the tv is hdmi 1.4, than 4k will play at 30 hz . If you have a tv that an hdmi 2.0 port then 4k will play at 60hz. So you are right in the fact its not the cable, however what does matter is the type of hdmi port on your tv. There is a huge difference too between the lagging of 4k at 30 hz (hdmi port 1.4) vs 4k at 60hz (hdmi port 2.0). I originally had a 4k tv with an hdmi 1.4 and it sucked. So to people who buy 4k tvs make sure the tv has an hdmi 2.0 port and look for one that has hdr


  • Stevie Sindlinger
    March 12, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I have had this player for about a month and it plays every disc just fine. Have some 4k movies and they look spectacular on my 60 inch 4k Samsung tv. You will not be disappointed when you buy this player.


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