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Samsung first off the block with 4K Blu-ray in Australia

Samsung's 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player is now on sale, the first of its kind to be available in Australian stores.

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If you've been one of the many Australians wondering how to get 4K content for the 4K TV they bought recently, Samsung may have a solution.

The company is the first in Australia to begin selling an home entertainment device capable of playing the new run of 4K Blu-ray discs. The Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is now available in Australian stores for AU$599.

Panasonic had shown off its own 4K Blu-ray player earlier at the end of April, but did not have a local launch date or price.

Before you race off to buy one there are a few caveats. Firstly, there aren't a lot of 4K Blu-ray discs at the moment. Panasonic said it expected just 30 titles to be available by August and 100 by the end of the year. Twentieth Century Fox recently announced the availability of just six movies on 4K Blu-ray: "Kingsman: The Secret Service", "Life of Pi", "Maze Runner", "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials", "The Martian" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past".

Secondly, while our reviews team was very impressed with the Samsung K8500 when they tested it earlier this year, they noted that it worked best with the very high-end of the 4K TV market. If you're not using the latest and greatest flagships you won't see a massive difference in your picture quality.

Of course if you have forked out a few thousand for the top tier of the 4K TV range, then AU$599 isn't much to pay for what our reviews called "the best overall home video quality ever".

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