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Samsung 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player Goes On Sale Early

Samsung UBD-K8500
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The company’s new Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray player, the Samsung UBD-K8500, was unveiled just last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and it’s already made its way onto the shelves of at least one retailer: Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica, California.

Samsung has released its new Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray player to consumers, but only in limited quantity and it appears as if they’re already sold out – at least at the Video & Audio Center in Southern California where they went on sale ahead of expectation on Friday.

While the new 4K UHD Blu-ray disc players–which are priced at $399–went on sale Friday, PC Magazine cited a Facebook post on the company’s Facebook page indicating that the new Blu-ray had already sold out.

According to the post, the Southern California retailer doesn’t expect to see another batch for nine days.

Allegedly, there are some Fry’s Electronics stores that have also received the new Samsung Blu-ray player ahead of schedule, PC Mag reported while citing AVS forum members.

But what’s a new ultra HD Blu-ray player without the ultra HD Blu-ray movies to accompany them? Not much, which is perhaps why Video & Audio Center found themselves advertising 20th Century Fox’s The Martian movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. And that’s not the only super high resolution movie the retailer is selling, as the company also managed to get it hands on Kingsmen: The Secret Service.

If Amazon.com’s release date is any bearing on when The Martian will be made available at the rest of the retailers across the nation, it looks like the 4K UHD Blu-ray will be coming out next month.

The new movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray offer four times the resolution of current HD. USA Today explains that they’re in High Dynamic Range, known as HDR, which offers better contrast and a richer color palate.

This player is phenomenal. With it consumers are ready for the future.

As for the quality of Samsung’s new super high definition player, Video & Audio Center chief technologist Tom Campbell referred to it as “phenomenal.”

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