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Friday, 08 January 2016 14:45

CES 2016 – Philips announces a UHD Blu-ray player, plus Fox UHD title pre-orders now on Amazon

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Okay, there will be at least a couple updates today as I work to wrap up our coverage of CES 2016. The first is a quick one because of a bit of breaking news: Philips has just announced their own entry into the UHD Blu-ray player market, the BDP7501. It has a smaller form factor that is typical of most BD players, features HDMI 2.0a, 4K upscaling, built-in WiFi, and 4K streaming via Netflix and other digital providers. There’s no price and street date announced yet beyond sub $400 (which probably means $399, making it one of the cheaper offerings) and Spring 2016. Here’s what it looks like...  [Read on here…]

Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Meanwhile, we mentioned yesterday that Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is now up for pre-order on Amazon for just $399 (click here or on the image below). Here’s the kicker: All TEN of Fox’s first wave UHD BD titles are now up for pre-order as well with a street date of 3/1 (including The Martian, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Life of Pi, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Hitman: Agent 47, Fantastic Four, The Maze Runner, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Wild). Amazon is saying 3/1 as the expected ship date for the player too, so clearly they’re coordinating the release of both on the same day. Best of all, Fox’s UHD BD titles carry an SRP of just $39.99 each, and Amazon has discounted price for Ridley Scott’s The Martian to only $29.99. Not bad! Whatever else you think of 4K UHD, you can’t deny that the entry-level price is very consumer friendly. Here’s a look at the player and all 10 discs – click on each image to pre-order on Amazon (and remember that doing so helps to support The Bits, which we greatly appreciate)...

Samsung's UDB-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player

The Martian (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Exodus: Gods and Kings (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Life of Pi (4K UHD Blu-ray)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Hitman: Agent 47 (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Kingsman: The Secret Service (4K UHD Blu-ray)

The Maze Runner (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (4K UHD Blu-ray)    Wild (4K UHD Blu-ray)

Fantastic Four (4K UHD Blu-ray)

Okay, back with more CES coverage later this afternoon. Stay tuned...

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