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Can Samsung's 4K Blu-ray player compete against streaming services?Samsung's UBD-K8500 is the first 4K Blu-ray player the world has seen and includes all of the features you'd expect, plus speedy performance.
This is the Samsung UBD-K8500, the world's first 4K blu-ray player. It's available now in the U.S. for $399 a couple weeks earlier than expected. It's a good looker with a brushed finish And some nice touches including Duel HDMI [UNKNOWN] if your receiver doesn't support 4K signals, for example. Features of the player include a 4K resolution naturally, which is four times that of 1080p. Better contrast through high dynamic range, or HDR, and better colors. While this player is seen as a competitor to streaming, it also includes 4k streaming services including Netflix ,YouTube, and Amazon instant. But because of this competition, 4k Blu-ray is probably the last physical disk format we'll ever see. Blu-ray discs will cost around $30 when they go on sale for March 1st 2016 and include titles such as The Martian and Mad Max Fury Road. Unfortunately, we're unable to test the player full until these discs arrived but based on their initial testing with standard and Blu-ray, the K8500 offers excellent image quality and speedy operation