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Samsung Looks to Amazon, Netflix for 4K, Ultra-HD

28 Aug, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced upcoming 4K partnerships with Amazon, Comcast Xfinity TV, DirecTV, M-Go, Netflix, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

On Aug. 28, the consumer electronics company expanded on its vision of an Ultra-HD future for the home.

“The era of UHD has begun, and to continue even more widespread adoption, it is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to UHD content,” said Won Jin Lee, EVP of Samsung’s visual display business. “We are providing our customers with a wider array of UHD content to enjoy on our ultra-immersive curved UHD TVs.”

Along with Amazon and Netflix, Samsung announced it would launch live broadcasts, a new 4K download service, and has also partnered with European content providers, including Maxdome, Wuaki.tv, and Chili, for 4K content. Amazon’s UHD VOD service will be available in October, while Netflix’s “House of Cards” is currently available in 4K.

The 4K download service comes thanks to a partnership with the Secure Content Storage Association, whose founding members include SanDisk, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Western Digital. Samsung is also selling the $400 CY-SUC10SH1 UHD Video Pack, a 500 gigabyte drive pre-loaded with a total of 40 4K titles from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

In Europe, Samsung partnered with the Vienna State Opera to provide live 4K streaming of “Nabucco” with Placido Domingo, via the Vienna Opera App, and 10 more performances are planned through 2015, including the opera “Die Fledermaus” from Johann Strauss on New Year’s Eve.

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