The era of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players is here. Let the fun begin!

The world’s first 4K Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray disc player is here. Samsung’s UBD-K8500 is now shipping from Amazon and other retailers, securing the electronics giant the title. While some existing Blu-ray players offer 4K upscaling of 1080p HD content, the UBD-K8500 is the first, and currently the only, to be able to play the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (also now available from Amazon and other retailers). Samsung’s unit can also play all of your existing HD Blu-ray, and DVD discs.

More Color, More Contrast, More Sound

The audio and video standards for the new 4K Blu-ray discs offer a new level in quality over traditional high-definition Blu-ray discs and standard definition DVDs. Not only is their embedded video 4x the resolution of traditional 1080p HD Blu-rays, but UHD Blu-rays support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a significantly expanded color gamut. 4K Blu-ray discs also support immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

While the increased resolution of UHD is a good thing, it’s the richer color, and noticeably greater detail that gives 4K TVs and 4K Blu-rays their jaw-dropping image quality. That’s why 4K, with all it’s improvements in color, sound, and resolution, is the proven future.

4K Ultra HD Blu-rays
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The Year of 4K

2016 has turned out to be the year of 4K. True, we’ve had 4K TVs pre 2016, but now we have 4K Blu-rays, and the first of many 4K Blu-ray disc players. 2016 has also seen more 4K content from streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, as well as the world’s first 4K live broadcast of a major sporting event when DirecTV brought the The Master’s to us this past April.

Samsung’s UBD-K8500 is the world’s first 4K Blu-ray disc player, but it won’t be the last. Expect to see 4K Blu-ray disc players from every major manufacturer in the future.

What You Need To Watch 4K Blu-rays

To enjoy 4K Blu-ray discs, in your home today, you’ll need four things.

  1. First you’ll need a 4K TV or 4K Video Projector
  2. Second, you’ll need a Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray disc player.
  3. Third, you will need a 4K Blu-ray disc of your choice.
  4. Lastly, you will need a 4K-ready HDMI cable for connections.

Contact TYM today to have a 4K Blu-ray player installed in your home.

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