AVForums’ guide to UltraHD Blu-ray

TIL: UltraHD Blu-ray disc will not be region coded. There’s quite a few other interesting tidbits in the guide. Will probably learn a thing or two even if you’ve been following developments closely.

Blu-ray has been providing a superior high definition picture and sound since 2006 and, in the spring of 2016, the 4K Ultra HD version will finally arrive, bringing with it the best-specified UHD experience possible. Whilst there is a certain appeal to the cost-effective ease and convenience of 4K streaming, it does rather depend on the speed of your broadband connection. And, even if your broadband connection is fast enough, you can sometimes find that speeds drop or you lose your connection entirely – which could be very annoying if you’re about sit down and watch a film. Ultra HD Blu-ray provides a perfect 4K image that doesn’t require a fast broadband connection and is a repeatable experience that’s identical every time you put the disc in your player. You can also watch the disc whenever you want, which means you’re not dependant on a third-party to provide access.

In this guide we’ll take you through the specifications for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, the disc players that will soon be available and all the discs that have been announced to date.