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4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and players hit the shelves in the UK

It’s been a long time in the making, but finally 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and players have made it to the UK after arriving earlier this year in the US. As you would expect 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles are few and far between at the moment with only 12 titles available, but expect that to change over the coming months and years.

Standout launch titles for the new standard include Kingsman, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mad Max: Fury Road. There is however only one 4K Ultra HD player available in the UK at the moment, the Panasonic DMP-UB900, which retails for a rather hefty £600. But if you wait for a couple of weeks Samsung’s UBS-K8500 player is due to be a tad cheaper at between £400 and £450.

Because 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs aren’t region-locked, you could of course import some movies from the US, where they have a wider range of content available.

Is it time to start taking Ultra HD Blu-ray seriously?

Probably not. There have been a wide range of 4K TV’s out for a while yet, but 4K content has been sorely lacking. If you’re looking to upgrade your whole system and have the money by all means futureproof yourself with a 4K system, but we recon it’ll be at least a couple of years until the content, and indeed the price will be more to the mainstream audiences taste.



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