It was not so long ago when the market for these players opened and Samsung was one of the first to join.
If you have not noticed any Blu-ray player messages from Samsung at CES this year, there is a reason for this: the company has told Forbes and CNET that it's coming out of Blu-Ray
The Big Conglomerate chaebol will not introduce any new Blu-ray players anywhere, it seems and will stop making existing players for the US market. This comes as confirmation of the expectations of many observers, given that the company released a new player in 2017. Samsung claims to work on a high-end Blu-ray player for release in 2019, according to Forbes. scrapped.
Samsung has not told any of the publications why it decides to leave the business, and there is probably not a big and single reason for that change. But there are very small ones.
Samsung's Blu-ray players did not support the Dolby Vision HDR and instead relied on HDR-10 or Samsung-supported HDR-10 +. This was an important omission for the target audience; Dolby Vision is appealing to home theater enthusiasts because of its theoretically superb specifications and because it allows movie makers to do better with HDR-10.
Most people are probably not interested in the differences between HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, but if someone does, they are buyers of UltraHD Blu-ray players who may feel that the bitrates of Netflix, Amazon- or Apple, is insufficient for their settings.
Also, streaming videos have dominated the viewing habits of Americans, especially in high-income households that would be attracted to expensive 4K HDR Blu-ray players. Physical media sales are declining by two-digit percentages for several years. Even within these sales, 4K Blu-ray represents only 5.3% of sales compared to the aging DVD format, which is still at 57.9%, according to Forbes.
Sony and Panasonic are currently leading the Blu-ray players market and have not announced plans to stop production. Samsung may have taken this decision in response to the market dominance of its competitors, not just the declining market for physical media. Perhaps it is not beneficial that widespread PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles are also completely adequate Blu-ray players for most users.
Samsung is not alone in abandoning the market. Last year Oppo also left Blu-ray players behind.
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