What just happened? After introducing the industry's first Blu-ray player 13 years ago, Samsung has confirmed that they are exiting the market in the US and won't be releasing any new Blu-ray hardware in the near future. Cnet reports that Samsung have confirmed to them they will no longer develop new Blu-ray players, either 1080p or 4k variants, for the USA market. According to the publication, the company apparently had plans to launch a new high-end 4K Blu-ray player in 2019, but the plan has now been shelved.
Thanks to easy access to high-speed internet speeds these days, users find it easier to simply just stream media content from services such as Netflix, Amazon and iFlix straight off the internet. The same report sees just 66% of TV watching households with a Blu-ray player, compared to 72% past year.
While there is still the possibility that the company will continue to make players for existing models for the next few months or even years, for all intents and purposes, this announcement confirms that Blu-ray and physical discs in general have begun to reach their logical conclusion.
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Last year, Chinese brand OPPO also quit the Blu-ray player market. Backed by giants like Samsung, Panasonic and Sony, Blu-ray ultimately became the standard for 1080p and later 4k physical media.
Like you, I have a couple of DVD and Blu-ray players in the house.
Following the footsteps of OPPO, Samsung has announced that it will no longer make new 4K Blu-Ray players for the U.S. market.