We’ve mentioned Ultra HD Blu-ray content, but before you can enjoy UHD BD in your living room you’ll also need a player. For now, that’s going to be tough, but it’s about to change. Starting this spring, we’re going to see some of the first UHD BD players on the market. And there won’t be the same sticker shock that there was when the very first Blu-ray players were released. (Remember that $1000 Samsung?)
The following players have been announced, with native support for Ultra HD Blu-ray with HDR:
- Panasonic’s DMP-UB900
- Samsung’s UBD-8500 (available for pre-order at $399; ships this spring)
- Philips’s BD7501 (exact price isn’t announced, though will be around $400)
Conspicuously absent from the list? Sony. Their players will support upscaling to 4K (many on the market already do) but will not be true UHD BD players. That might change soon–we’ll let you know if it does.
Update: Well, we promised an update about Sony, and they released their news the same day we published this post. Sony’s entering the UHD BD player market, too–by the end of their next fiscal year (March 2017).