Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

No more 4K Blu-ray players: Samsung

Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray players Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray
Charles Bowen | 20 February, 2019, 18:11

It's thought that there are a number of reasons behind Blu-ray slowly going the way of the dodo, including a lack of willingness on the industry's part to bring the unit price down on new releases, a surge in streaming options, and a general public who are indifferent about upgrading their kits at home - U.S. figures have 4K Blu-rays cornering just 5.3% of the sales market, and DVD still going strong with 57.9%. Tech company Oppo made a similar move previous year, announcing it was exiting the Blu-ray player market. Cnet reports that Samsung have confirmed to them they will no longer develop new Blu-ray players, either 1080p or 4k variants, for the US market. Also, as per a CNET report, Samsung has stopped making at least some of its 1080p Blu-ray players as well. The report also claimed a third of USA adults do not even own a DVD or Blu-ray player.

Samsung has confirmed that it will not be making any new Blu-ray players, having not announced a new player since the launch of its UBD-M9500 4K player at CES 2017.

Video streaming service revenue surpassed sales of DVD and Blu-ray Discs in the United States for the first time in 2016.

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On top of that, sales of Blu-Ray players are also affected by the sale of game consoles such as the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One.

That said, other tech giants appear to be committed to Blu-ray.

According to The Numbers, "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" was the best-selling Blu-ray of 2018 with a little more than three million units sold.

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