Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player receives UHD Premium certification

Samsung has today announced that its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD player meets the UHD Premium criteria set by the UHD Alliance. The player has been tested to confirm it can precisely read all the information on an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc - and has passed.

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The official Ultra HD Premium logo will be put on all Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray players to help consumers differentiate and identify the products that can deliver “a premium viewing experience at home”.

The UBD-K8500 is now available to buy in the UK for £430, some £170 less than Panasonic’s five-star DMP-UB900.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.