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What are 4K Blu-ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Movie?

Question: How can I enjoy Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray movies?

I have paid close attention to CES 2016 lately. The news that Samsung and Panasonic would ship their own Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray player later this year piqued my interest. Not being a tech-savvy fan that I am, a slew of questions came to my mind: what is 4K Blu-ray? What will I need to experience Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray? Are there any 4K Blu-ray movies for me to watch?

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Without further ado, let me tackle your questions one by one.

What is 4K Blu-ray?
You can understand what 4K Blu-ray is by looking at 4K resolution and Blu-ray separately and adding the two definitions up. 4K means a picture technology that boosts pixels arranged in a 3,840 x 2,160 configuration, while Blu-ray is a digital optical disc data storage format capable of storing high-definition video resolution (1080p). Therefore, Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray will be able to deliver your TV pictures containing an Ultra HD (also known as 4K) resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, versus the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels delivered by most current Blu-ray discs.

What will I need to experience Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray?
Three components: an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray player, an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray disc, and an Ultra HD 4K TV. Strictly speaking, you can obtain all of the three items soon as 4K TV has been out for several years, Samsung and Panasonic, as you already know, will release Ultra HD Blu-ray player later this year and Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (movies) has entered the spotlight of the 4K department, which leads directly right to the next part of my answer.

Are there any 4K Blu-ray movies for me to watch?
Yes, but not a lot. Several of the major film studios are announcing support for Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray. The following is the list of the Ultra HD Blu-ray discs you can buy for the time being:

Warner Bros: Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The LEGO Movie and Pan.
20th Century Fox: Kingsman, Fantastic Four, Life Of Pi, The Maze Runner, Wild, Exodus: Gods And Kings and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Sony: The Smurfs 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pineapple Express, Chappie, Salt, Hancock, Fury, Ghostbusters, The Fifth Element and Captain Philips.

As you can see from above, the resource for Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray is still few and far between compared with DVD. Therefore, DVD is still the better choice for movie fans. Even better than this, with a professional tool such as WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, you can watch movie anywhere and anytime.


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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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