Samsung, Fox Partner on UHD20 Mar, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
Samsung Electronics first announced an Ultra-HD (UHD) content partnership with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and on March 20 the two companies announced they’re expanding that partnership.
In addition to providing 4K content via Samsung’s Smart Hub platform for 4K TVs, and providing movies (including Night at the Museum, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Counselor) preloaded on Samsung’s UHD Video Pack storage device, the two will collaborate on other areas on 4K innovation, to expand the UHD content ecosystem.
“Our partnership with Samsung creates a unique opportunity to introduce Ultra HD movies to audiences around the world,” said Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “We are laser-focused on developing solutions that bring innovations like Ultra-HD from the CES show floor to the living room for people to own and enjoy.”
In late 2013, Dunn announced that Fox was looking to improve on the 4K ecosystem, not just on the content front, but also when it comes to consumer electronics.
“As a market leader of UHD TVs, Samsung is actively working with the best in the industry to pioneer a sustainable UHD content distribution ecosystem that will not only benefit consumers, but also open ways for content partners to expand their role in distributing UHD content,” said Kyungshik Lee, SVP of the service strategy team of visual display business for Samsung Electronics. “Our strategic partnership with 20th Century Fox is a great example of how the industry is working toward bringing UHD content to end-consumers in the most efficient way while accelerating our ability to provide a full UHD ecosystem.”
Also March 20, Samsung unveiled pricing details for the UHD TVs it showed off at CES. The U9000 Curved UHD TV will be priced at $4,000 for a 55-inch model, $5,000 for 65 inches, and $8,000 for 78 inches. The flat U8550 UHD TV lineup will be priced at $3,000 for a 55-inch model up to $6,000 for a 75-inch model.
“In 2014, we’ve once again asserted our leadership in the home entertainment space by delivering the next big thing across our product categories,” said Joe Stinziano, EVP of Samsung Electronics America. “From our full lineup of UHD and curved TVs to our Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom Systems and content partnerships, we pride ourselves on offering consumers the ecosystem of choice, with beautifully designed premium home entertainment products that best suit their lifestyles.”
The UHD Video Pack storage device will hold 1TB of data, comes packaged with films from Fox and Paramount, and will retail for $300.