A spokesperson for the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has used IFA 2014 as the stage on which to announce that 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and compatible hardware are destined to become a reality by Christmas 2015.

The BDA expects to finalise licensing in the first half of 2015, with plans to put 4K Blu-ray discs on shelves by Christmas. It's also hoped that compatible 4K Blu-ray players will be released at the same time.

With 4K TVs growing in popularity with consumers, the only thing that remains outstanding is the production of easily obtainable 4K content.

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Both Netflix and Amazon currently offer video streams in Ultra HD 4K, but these are only available through TVs with the HEVC decoder and a strong broadband connection. Most of the major manufacturers have unveiled sets with the HEVC decoder on board at IFA 2014, including Panasonic, Philips, and Toshiba.

The BDA said earlier this year at CES 2014 in Las Vegas that 4K Blu-ray could be in our homes by the end of the year, but it now seems that won't be the case due to unforeseen delays. It's highly likely a further announcement will be made at next year's CES, and you can be sure that we'll report all of the details when that comes in January.

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Comments

simonlewis's picture

Well it's good news that 4K

Well it's good news that 4K blu-ray is coming but it feels like you have a twelve month sentence.    Good

cooljoff's picture

4K Bluray cost

Out here in Oz, a 3D bluray of a major release can be $45! I cannot see 4K discs being sold for anything less than $50. I also can't see anyone in their right mind spending that much on a single new release. Surely, as a format, 4K Bluray is dead on its feet? By the end of 2015 I would expect Netflix to be as ubiquitous to peoples homes as 40"+ flat screens are now, plus you need to buy a new player!?

TnA200's picture

Bit late...?

One would have thought that with making 4K TV's the players would have followed pretty quickly after them to give the TV something to show! This is a slow dragged out process that makes adoption even more of a painful process than it needs to be. 12-18 months after the TV's is too slow and with Netflix moving fast Sony, Samsung etc may end up shooting themselves in the foot with no one/not enough consumers interested in their 4K-Bluray players. 

As much as I love all things tech, I can't justify updating things every year. Currently a 2nd decent Bluray player is on the cards, but a 4k version might not ever happen as by then an AppleTV 4K might be here! Lets see.