Samsung unveiled the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player at the 2015 IFA trade show in Berlin.
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The new player also supports TVs capable of displaying high dynamic range (HDR), the same tech that ensures photos don’t lose detail when there’s extremely bright and dark portions of the same frame.
Of course, a disc format is only as useful as the content available on it a disc format is only as useful as the content available on it, and there isn’t a lot of that just yet. However, someone’s thought of that, and according to USA Today Fox announced it would be making serveral titles available in the Ultra HD disc format. Among the movies are Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Life of Pi. The announcement of a new disc format and player feels like an odd throwback in the age of Netflix and HBO Go, but where 4K is concerned, it makes some sense: 4K video is more difficult to stream reliably over today’s networks, and while YouTube, Amazon and others have more or less sorted out the technical details, there’s still little streaming content available in the ultra-high-res format. Discs on the other hand guarantee 4K quality and don’t depend on network access at all. They’re also much easier to distribute than those silly hard drives since there’s already a huge retail system in place to support them. And, of course, the consumer learning curve is zero.