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Samsung’s new 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player is now available for pre-order at a great price

by on January 7, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – January 07, 2016

Update: The pre-order link from Samsung is finally up so feel free to click here and check it out

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs aren’t quite yet here but Panasonic, Philips and Samsung most quickly of all are already lending a strong helping hand to the survival of the format and possibly its prolonged success.

Samsung in particular is getting the ball rolling nice and early with the impending release of their brand new UBD-K8500 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player with HDR and all the usual 4K connectivity specs by offering it on pre-order to those who want to be ready for the very moment 4K Blu-ray discs hit the shelves.

That’s right, as of the first day of CES 2016, January 5th, the Samsung Blu-ray UHD player has been available for pre-order from the manufacturer and given the number of studios which are pledging support for 4K discs in this new format, we think there might be some definite consumer interest in this device among those who already own or are thinking of buying a 4K TV some time soon.

In other words, whether you have 4K-ready 4K UHD internet connectivity for streaming content in the resolution, you can augment your list of 4K entertainment options as quickly as possible right now.

The new player and 4K Blu-ray discs in particular might be of particular interest to those owners of an UHD TV who don’t have the sort of internet bandwidth necessary for effectively and smoothly streaming the growing body of movies and programming available in the format by providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu and Ultraflix among others. This quantity, about 15 to 20Mbps at a minimum for native streamed 4K UHD video at 3840 x 2160 pixels is currently available to only about 15% or so of U.S households.

Further enticement for the new player, even for owners of 4K TVs with enough internet bandwidth to their home, comes in the form of pledges by studios like Twentieth Century Fox, Sony and Warner Bros to release dozens of 4K Blu-ray discs in 2016 for leading Hollywood movies like The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, Hancock and numerous other titles from their libraries of content. This selection of disc movies will certainly only grow in the next 12 months but we know of at least 30 titles which can be expected in the first half of 2016 to start with.

The UBD-K8500 4K blu-ray player with HDR

The UBD-K8500 4K blu-ray player with HDR

Best of all, at least for some of these studios, many of the movies will also come with HDR contrast augmentation metadata programmed into them –something which will fit nicely with the HDR capabilities of all three new UHD Blu-ray players which we know are emerging soon from Philips, Panasonic and of course Samsung.

As for the Samsung player itself, it’s expected to start shipping out to buyers in the early spring, in March specifically and will is already retailing for a very attractive price of just $399.99, much lower than the first ever Panasonic 4K Blu-ray player which hit the Japanese market in November of 2015 for a whopping $3,300.

As a final enticement, even if the arrival of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs suffers some delays or a lack of cool content in the beginning, the new player can also upscale Full HD Blu-ray discs to 4K-like crispness, along with the upscaling done by any name brand 4K TV through its own internal upscaling engine.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Lee
    January 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Will theses players be 10bit or 8 bit?

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  • Robert
    January 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Where is the link to the pre order?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Hello Robert and thanks for noting this and pointing it out. We were going to include the pre-order link but for some reason it was completely non-functional on Panasonic’s site, so we didn’t bother with it. However, we’ll post the link once it’s available, which for now at least doesn’t seem to be the case despite the claim by Panasonic and other sources of it being on pre-order.

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  • David Mackenzie
    January 10, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    One thing you didn’t mention: the Japanese Panasonic $3,300 product is actually a recorder, not just a player, which will account for part of the higher price. And also why it launched ahead of there being any actual UHD BD software.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 11, 2016 at 4:50 am

      Hello David and thank you for pointing out this additional piece of information. Since we only briefly covered the device in a news piece, we didn’t have a chance to go into its functional details but the recording aspect would certainly explain a higher price. However, it still doesn’t fully justify $3,300, given that the players now emerging on the U.S market seem to all be going for around the $400 line. Thus, $2900 for recording capacity? Still seems steep. Then again, we stress that we haven’t reviewed the device for a more solid viewpoint.

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  • Patricio
    January 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I just have a question, since the 4k blu ray players and 4k blu rays are soon to be available to consumers, how come there are no reviews or “FIRST LOOK” on the blu rays, I mean, has anyone actually seen how the picture quality is on screen, have they tested an actual 4k movie? Do they look much better than 1080p. I’ve seen 4k footage like at Best Buy and stuff, but never seen or heard about an actual 4k Movie like supposedly “THE MARTIAN” inserted in a 4k blu ray player and been reviewed. Has anyone seen anything on the internet? thx

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Hello Patricio. While we can’t speak for what other sites are doing, we ourselves haven’t quite yet gotten a chance to see these in action. We think that nobody has quite yet in a hands-on review. However, we’re working on doing so as soon as possible and if possible will have a first look review up before the release dates.

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