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4K UHD Blu-ray discs and 4K BD media players finally arrive in the U.K

by on April 11, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 11, 2016

After having been on sale for weeks in the North American market, the 4K ultra HD Blu-ray format has finally migrated across the Atlantic pond and reached U.K audiences.

The current selection of these discs is still a bit on the limited side but given the surges of new release titles coming out in <a href=””>4K Blu-ray lately</a>, we’ll likely see this change wherever the discs end up being available.


Currently the total number of titles to his British store shelves sits at just 12 movies, with some of the better known titles consisting of “The Like of Pi”, “The Lego Movie”, “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. All of these are available from retailers like Zavvi, and HMV for prices that range between a hefty £20 and £25 (around $30 to $35 USD). Furthermore, users who want to ´play these films will have to get their hands on one of the new Panasonic DMB-UB900 4K UHD Blu-ray players which have recently also gone on sale in the U.K for a not so cheap £600. The Samsung 4K Blu-ray player, called the UBD-K8500, is also expected to launch at any time to U.K consumers at a considerably cheaper £429.00 (but still much pricier than the $399 U.S price tag for this same 4K Blu-ray disc player), thus offering a bit of competition in this extremely limited market.

Panasonic's new 4K Blu-ray disc player is also on sale for £600

Panasonic’s new 4K Blu-ray disc player is also on sale for £600

Another piece of good news for these new 4K Blu-ray titles is that they’re not region-locked, meaning that 4K movie fans who can get their hands on U.S discs in the new 4K format may also enjoy them on their U.K BD players. This means that at least potentially, the selection of titles available to U.K audiences is quite a bit larger, even if it comes with some hassles. Nonetheless, we can probably expect to see quite a few more 4K BD discs emerge on the U.K market quite soon, just as was the case in the U.S after the first of these discs came on sale.

All of the U.K 4K Blu-ray disc titles also include HDR encoding.

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  • Ben Ballard
    April 13, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Great news that 4K UHD BluRays aren’t region locked, it gives the different international regions the chance to perhaps get their hands on titles with features that may not be available on our own turf, or perhaps have different cover versions than home turf releases.

    At last the media market is realising that consumers don’t like to be limited as to the ir purchasing power.


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