Samsung Continues to Expand the 4K Universe with the UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player But Faces HDMI 2.0 Interoperability Problems
For a while, getting high quality 4K content for your new 4K TV was tricky and online streaming was the most popular way to get 4K content if you had enough broadband Internet bandwidth. Although the success of Blu-Ray helped drive a lot of 1080p High Definition TV sales, Blu-Ray has been slow to support 4K despite the wide availability of affordable 4K TV's in the market.
Here at this Best Buy, we could see a lot of consumer education on 4K Blu-Ray including various Blu-Ray discs available in the market today. These 4K Blu-Ray discs were roughly twice the price the of non-4K Blue-Ray discs being sold.
Some Blu-Ray titles are actually are under $20 like "Now You See Me" but all are clearly labeled as 4K Ultra HD with a black and silver striped premium looks to differentiate the titles from the previous light blue look found on non-4K Blu-Ray discs.
The other Blu-Ray players from LG and Sony at the store supported 4K scaling of standard 1080p Blu-Ray discs but couldn't read the new 4K Blu-Ray format. It may be confusing to consumers which 4K Blu-Ray players can actually play 4K Blu-Ray discs as opposed to just upscaling non-4K Blu-Ray discs to 4K.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player also comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s) port in the front that allows you to play 4K content from USB based storage media. The port is covered by a flap which I guess is supposed to hide the USB port when not in use.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player also supports various online streaming services like NetFlix, YouTube, and Amazon although many 4K TV's already have streaming services built-in. Still, this is useful if you want to use this player with 4K monitors which don't have streaming services or just want to consolidate your 4K content control through one remote.