What is Ultra HD Blu-ray?

Here’s everything you need to know about 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray so you can take Friday movie night to the next level.

11 Jan 2018


We all know 4K TVs are at the top of their game when it comes to offering state-of-the-art picture and sound quality.

Well, now you can take your 4K viewing experience to the next level by pairing your TV with the latest Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K discs.

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See why it should be in your home…


Why do you need it?

With the dawn of 4K TVs replacing Full HD, standard Blu-ray players have also upped their game, bringing the latest innovations in picture quality and sound straight in to your home.

Don’t let your 4K TV down – give it the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player it deserves.


Prepare to be blown away by…

  • 4 times the resolution of regular Blu-ray. Experience more detail, depth and sharpness than ever before
  • HDR dramatically improves colour and contrast. Brighter scenes pop from the screen, with new textures, shading and details bringing your viewing experience even closer to real life
  • High frame rates make fast-moving action much more exciting (up to 60 frames p/second). It really is edge of your seat stuff.
  • Better colour with support for 10 or 12-bit colour depth and much wider range of colours


How does it go above and beyond?

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player picture quality surpasses not only original Blu-ray discs but is far superior to 4K streaming (from Netflix and Amazon Prime).

How? Well, it works by using HDR – a video format that takes a 4K picture and makes it even better… all you need is a 4K TV to pair it with.

Bear in mind the newer your 4K HDR TV, the better your picture and sound quality will be.

What exactly is a HDR TV?


Will it still play your old Blu-ray discs?

Of course! The Ultra HD Blu-ray players are what’s called 'backwards compatible'. There’s no need to sacrifice your regular Blu-ray collection.

Panasonic DMP UB900K

What movies can you watch in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray?

The biggest film studios in the world are all making 4K Blu-ray movies, including 20th Century Fox, Sony, Universal Pictures, Paramount and Lionsgate.


Now, all that’s left is to find the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player model which suits you…

  • The premium Panasonic DMP-UB900 has already bagged itself a 5-star rating from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
  • The Samsung UBD-K8500 is a lower priced option but still offers the very best picture quality and sound
  • If you’re into gaming the Xbox One S also has a built-in 4K Blu-ray drive


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