Samsung is the first company to announce a 4K-capable Blu-ray player.
It did not provide many details but it’s expected to be pricey — upwards of $1,000 compared to the $59 that CE retailers sell the current Samsung Blu-ray player that was launched a decade ago.
There are also the unanswered questions of:
a) When will the 4K Blu-ray player be available? For the upcoming holiday shopping season or in 2016?
b) How much will 4K Blu-ray content cost because it’s upwards of $30 as many expect, then it’ll be three months of a Netflix subscription
c) What titles will be available in 4K Blu-ray — will they be “must see” enough to attract the mass market consumers away from an OTT service.
Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, joined Samsung on the same stage at IFA to confirm his organization’s commitment to the 4K Blu-ray format.
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He said the studio is committed to releasing its slate of upcoming movies in Ultra HD with HDR on the same day it releases the current Blu-ray and Digital HD shows, which include “Fantastic Four,” “The Maze Runner,” “Kinsman: The Secret Service” and others.
Samsung also said its UHD sets will get a software update to support HDMI 2.0a, which is required to play HDR from the new Blu-ray players.
Fox CTO Hanno Basse said the UHD Alliance, the industry’s standards setting body that consists of both tech companies and studios, has tripled…
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