Want storage for 4K movies that fits in your pocket? The 1TB My Cinema has the answer

by on August 5, 2015

Stephan Jukic – August 05, 2015

4K ultra HD TVs are already very much going mainstream but when it comes to effective 4K media storage devices, things get a bit more iffy. Blu-ray in 4K UHD is still not here and media player set-top boxes for both Blu-ray discs and for downloadable 4K media are still not very common electronics retail shelf items.

This is where the usefulness of the new Western Digital Vidity hard drive built especially for 4K UHD media comes into the picture. The new hard drive from WD has been built with storage of Hollywood movies in the highest possible commercial resolution quality, 4K Ultra HD, in mind and is designed to make playing them back on compatible screens an easy, convenient thing.

The device were talking about is of course the My Passport Cinema drive and it offers an interested though somewhat limited solution to the 4K content media problem. The device is currently going to only be available for Samsung 4K UHD TVs from either 2014 or 2015 and will work specifically with the M-Go app that’s also only available to these specific TV models.

However, the 1 terabyte storage device is relatively cheap at $90 and connects to a 4K TV via USB 3.0. Furthermore, the device comes packed free of charge as an extra accessory with newly purchased  select 2015 Samsung SUHD 4K TVs and is also being pre-loaded with several movies in 4K. These include: The Maze Runner, Exodus: Gods and Kings, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, The Wolverine, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Fault in our Stars, Let’s Be Cops and The Other Woman.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just one of the 4K films in the new WD Mypassport Cinema media box

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just one of the 4K films in the new WD Mypassport Cinema media box

The same group behind this project has already been working for some time on what they previously called Project Pheonix, which is a new spec for the DRM protections that surround these perfect, 4K UHD and HDR-equipped movie files.

The two movies specifically to be HDR-encoded for wider dynamic range (functional on only the latest and best Samsung SUHD 4K TVs, the JS9500 and JS9100 lines) are Maze Runner and Exodus: Gods and Kings. These same movies will only play back in HD resolution on older 2014 Samsung 4K TVs.

The My Passport device was given its first smooth public demo performance at CES 2015 and seemed to work just fine. However, in order to be something worth getting really excited over, the new pre-loaded media player will have to be compatible with more devices and come with more movies and shows loaded into it or downloadable to it.

The current selection is a bit limited and the limitation to select Samsung 4K TVs is also a bit of a let-down. Possibly because of this, the My Passport Cinema box comes for free with Samsung’s JS9000, JS9100 and JS9500 4K models. All of these are some of the manufacturer’s best 2015 4K Ultra HD SUHD TVs.

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