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Blu-ray Player/Recorder Reviews, News & Articles


Blu-ray players offer not only High Definition movie watching at home from Blu-ray disc, but they also play DVDs with 'upscaling' to make the standard definition DVD picture look better on a high definition TV. Some Blu-ray players can also offer Ultra HD 4K upscaling of Blu-ray discs for use with suitable high resolution 4K TVs and, in 2016, we also saw the launch of the first native Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray players that are capable of four times of the resolution as previous players as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivery.

Most Blu-ray players can play Blu-ray discs, DVD discs and CDs with many offering to playback digital files like Divx and Mpeg4 or even other disc based formats like SACD and DVD-A.

Providing that the Blu-ray player is outputting exactly what is on the Blu-ray disc, there shouldn’t be any noticeable difference in picture or sound quality between models and price points. The differences between players are in the DVD upscaling performance, build quality and smart TV functionality.

Some players also offer full Smart TV functionality with video on demand services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant, Sky NOW TV and 4OD, along with various applications, games and web video like You Tube.
You can also purchase Blu-ray recorders which have built-in personal video recording features from internal HD tuners.

Popular manufacturers include Pioneer, Denon, Sony, Panasonic, Oppo, Samsung and LG.