Earlier this year, one of the leaders in Blu-ray player 4K, Oppo, announced its release from the Blu-ray player market. He said he would gradually stop making 4K UHD players after 14 years of intensive engagement and no longer released new products. Recently, the South Korean construction company, η Samsung also confirmed that it will withdraw from the Blu-ray player market and will stop updating its own Blu-ray player product line. Just like Oppo, it will gradually stop producing Blu-ray products including Blu-ray player 1080P and Blu-ray 4K UHD.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 released 2017 may be the latest Blu-ray player in the United States. According to media reports, Samsung's announcement may be due to the fact that the existing ones 4K players are not available for mainstream formats like Dolby Vision. However, users of related products do not have to worry. Like the OPPO, Samsung is still responsible for Blu-ray products imported before the product is shut down. Relevant maintenance and after-sales support will continue to be available.
The reason why many manufacturers have repeatedly abandoned the Blu-ray player market in a short period of time is mainly related to rapid deployment of today's network streaming services. Demand for special audio and video material, such as 4K UHD, is diminishing. It is worth noting that Sony announced that it will launch the M2 player supporting Dolby Vision during the 2019 CES conference. Η Panasonic also recently released it high-end player DP-UB9000 in Europe and Australia. Although many manufacturers are leaving this market, there are still some good products available.