Samsung Introduced First UHD Blu-Ray Player That Can Upscale Non-4K Content

Samsung introduced first UHD Blu-ray player at the IFA 2015 event in Berlin. The UHD Blu-Ray discs will have the capacities of up to 100GB, which is double than the existing Blu-Ray standard.

What are the enhancements?

The South Korean Giant said the new standard allows support for 10-bit color, resulting in 64 times more color expression than the existing Blu-Ray standards. If you want to see this additional ‘expression,’ then you’ll require a wide color gamut TV like Samsung’s SUHD family.

Samsung introduced first UHD Blu-ray player

Samsung introduced first UHD Blu-ray player and Michael Zoller, Samsung’s Head of Visual Display for Europe, said regarding it:

“We are committed to expand the ecosystem for Ultra HD or 4K content. It’s partnering with some firms including Amazon, Netflix, British Telecom, and Canal Plus, to create and deliver more UHD content worldwide.”

What are the key features?

The South Korean tech giant claims that the UHD Blu-ray player can work as a smart hub and will also be able to upscale non-4K content from services such as Netflix. Frame rates of up to 60 FPS and audio formats such as Dolby Atmos are also supported by the new player.

Samsung introduced first UHD Blu-ray player dubbed as the UBD-K8500, which is backwards compatible with existing Blu-Ray discs and also sports an HDMI 2.0a port to support the latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) standard.

The tech giant will also be releasing firmware upgrades of HDMI 2.0a to its 2015 UHD TV models, so that users can watch HDR images by connecting with exterior devices. Only exterior devices like set top box or Blu-ray players supporting the new HDR standard via HDMI 2.0a port can deliver HD images with HDR technology.

What is the cost of the world’s first UHD Blu-ray player?

Samsung introduced first UHD Blu-ray player, which will cost more than USD$500. The company said the player is expected to be available in 2016, alongside the first UHD Blu-Ray discs.

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