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Samsung UBD-K8500 now certified as UHDA Premium

Testing, testing...

by Mark Hodgkinson May 4, 2016


  • Samsung has announced that its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has been certified as ‘UHD Premium’ by the UHD Alliance (UHDA), joining the company’s SUHD TV line-up that are also similarly accredited.
    We’ll be totally honest and say we’re still yet to learn what the specific testing criterion is for a Blu-ray player to gain certification – the UHDA just says they must pass, “a specific testing protocol,” but we certainly had few complaints with our review sample.

    The press release states that the UBD-K8500 was tested to see if it could precisely read all of the information on a Blu-ray disc, which also bears the UHDA Premium logo, and reproduce exactly what is needed to meet true premium UHD picture quality.

    Moving forward, an Ultra HD Premium logo from the UHDA will be included on all Samsung Ultra Blu-ray players to help consumers easily identify the premium technology and choose products with confidence.

    We are thrilled that the Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has received Premium Certification from the UHDA, and even more thrilled to offer our consumers a complete premium UHD home entertainment experience through the Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray player and the 2016 SUHD TV line-up,” said John JY KIM, Vice President of AV Product Marketing Group at Samsung. “Thanks to the industry’s continued focus on growing the UHD ecosystem, consumers can expect more premium options with the best picture quality available – all from the comfort of their homes.”

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