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Samsung to Unveil New 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Player at CES

28 Dec, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

UBD-M9500 4K Blu-ray Disc Player

The UBD-M9500 could enable playback of Blu-ray content on mobile devices — in effect circumventing UltraViolet

Samsung Dec. 28 partially disclosed information about its new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player (UBD-M9500), which will be unveiled next month at CES in Las Vegas.

The South Korean electronics giant previously bowed the UBD-K8500 ($198), it first 4K Blu-ray player. The M9500 features upgrades such as Bluetooth compatibility and automatic high dynamic range — the latter enabling content to viewed in the desired audio (Atmos, DTS-X) and video format without changing a TV’s settings.

The new “Private Cinema Mode” enables wireless connectivity to Bluetooth headphones. The M9500 also claims playback of Blu-ray titles on mobile devices, as well as 360-degree mobile content (video and photos) on the TV.

Notable to playback of Blu-ray movies on mobile devices is the fact such technology would appear to circumvent UltraViolet, the industry-backed cloud storage platform for Digital HD purchases, as well as Disney’s separate, proprietary Disney Movies Anywhere system.

These platforms enable users purchasing content through Vudu.com, FandangoNow, Flixster, iTunes or Disney Movies Anywhere, among others, access to digital codes through compatible portable devices.

It is unclear how the M9500 would deal with digital rights management of digital and packaged media content, or Managed Copy. UltraViolet has more than 20 million registered user accounts.

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