Friday, July 01, 2016


What is it about the past that makes people forget how good things are now? When videocassettes were the rage, people moaned about the low resolution picture and the need for higher sound quality. Those requests were answered when DVD followed by Blu-ray became the de facto way to watch prerecorded movies and TV shows at home. Then came streaming and everybody said Blu-ray was dead. But it wasn't. Sure streaming is convenient, providing that what is being streamed is what you were looking to watch. But maybe the biggest reason for having what you want to see right in your hand is that you can "own" that disc -- it's not dependent on maintaining a subscription or paying ongoing fees when you're not watching it.

So with that said, having a Blu-ray disc to play on a new 4K TV will look real good, but if the disc itself was also of 4K resolution, then it would look even better. That’s why 4K movies to watch at home are being created: there's plenty of them coming out now and even more in the immediate future. But before you buy a 4K disc, you'll need a 4K Blu-ray player that can negotiate the technology of the disc properly. And even if you don't have a 4K TV yet, by getting a 4K Blu-ray player, you’ll easily see as good a picture as is possible. Not to mention future-proofing yourself against the inevitable (and joyful) switch from that HDTV to a 4K Ultra HD TV. Here’s why:

Resolution, Resolution, Resolution

A 4K Blu-ray player by definition is designed to provide a video signal with 4X the resolution of the standard HD player now commonplace. This means that the video circuitry is disposed to being of higher quality; resulting in up-scaling capabilities of your existing HD library of Blu-ray discs so as to make them look better.  Of course the 4K video being outputted is geared perfectly for being displayed on a 4K TV.

Ease of Setup

Setting up a 4K Blu-ray player is no different than one of its HD Blu-ray predecessors. The same HDMI cable being used with the HD Blu-ray player and HDTV can be used here (modern HDMI cables are fast enough so don't stick with old ones that came for free). The same goes for connecting to the home network for accessing the Internet -- just attach an Ethernet cable between the player and the network's router, or use the player's built-in WiFi to join to the network like it was any other wireless device.

And Yes, Streaming

A 4K Blu-ray player has all the bells and whistles now expected of a "smart" device, and one of these is streaming. But since it's a 4K player, the streaming that it does is also 4K capable. This means that all that is needed to provide a 4K Resolution image to the 4K TV is a high-speed Internet connection to ensure that you get every erg of power (most will find a wired connection superior to using WiFi). No add-ons or extra devices are needed.

A 4K Blu-ray player is also bigger than one of today’s standard BD players — this not only helps to minimize vibrations from the disc as it spins, but also allows for the player to have a bigger impact on the decor and stand out amidst the other components. To have a competent and powerful home theater, you need a 4K Blu-ray player so what are you waiting for?


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