What is a 4K Blu-Ray Player? - dummies

What is a 4K Blu-Ray Player?

By Ashley Watters, Abshier House, Abshier House

4K, also known as Ultra HD (UHD), Blu-ray players are devices designed to meet the latest and greatest in picture quality. 4K Blu-ray players can offer the viewer a picture with four times the pixel density and resolution than that provided by normal Blu-ray players. Intended for 4K movies, these disc players will provide the clearest picture you can get.

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Are you ready for 4K?

The first 4K Blu-ray player available to consumers was the Samsung UBD-K8500. Currently, this device retails for around $400. Other manufacturers have quickly followed suit. You can now get a UHD Blu-ray player from LG, Sony, Toshiba, and many more. To get the most from your 4K Blu-ray player, it is recommended that you have the latest top-of-the-line 4K TV.

Can you use a 4K Blu-ray player without a 4K TV? Yes, you can. Keep in mind that your Blu-ray player will detect that you are using an HD TV instead of a UHD TV and scale the picture down accordingly. This means that you really aren’t getting any benefit from your 4K Blu-ray player. Not sure what you get from a 4K TV? Check out this article “What is a 4K TV?”

If you have an early model 4K TV, it may not be able to produce the picture quality that your 4K Blu-ray player can deliver. However, if your TV was purchased in 2016 and bears the CTA logo with the 4K Ultra HD Premium designation, you should be fine.

4K Blu-ray player specifications

What do you need to enjoy a true 4K experience? You will need a 4K TV, a 4K Blu-ray player, and a 4K movie. Check Blu-ray.com for more information about these products. You can mix and match brands on your choice of player and TV. Your Ultra HD Blu-ray player is smart enough to know what your TV is capable of and adjust as necessary. What makes these Blu-ray players stand out from the crowd?

  • 4K Blu-ray players can accommodate a frame rate up to 60 frames per second.

  • You will get a much better resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, compared to the 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution of normal Blu-ray players.

  • These players give you a higher dynamic range than conventional Blu-ray players.

  • UHD Blu-ray players have an increased color depth of 10-bit per color.

All of these features come together to give you the clearest picture on the market.

Ultra HD Blu-ray players will be able to offer up to 108Mbps of data. These devices will primarily use double-layer 66GB discs, but can accommodate 100GB triple-layer discs as well.

4K movies

More and more movies are being released to accommodate the new 4K format. There are already a handful of movies available for your 4K Blu-ray player. However, you can expect to see a significant increase in coming months. Check Blu-ray.com’s 4K release schedule for more information.

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