Giant Electronic Manufacturer says They Are Ditching Blue-ray and 4K Players

February 19, 2019

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It seems like yesterday we were switching out our video cassette tapes for shiny, DVD discs.  But it looks like the DVD player has come to it untimely end, at least for one manufacturer. Samsung announced late last week that it was no longer make Blue-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the United States. In the age of streaming, DVD and Blu-ray sales have dipped dramatically, with unit shipments for the global Blu-ray player market expected to decrease from 72.1 million in 2017 to 68 million in 2023, according to market researchers. With only three new Blu-ray players launched at this year's trade show, the preference for streaming over physical media is becoming ever more apparent. Samsung's announcement follows Chinese maker, Oppo, who make a similar announcement earlier in that they would no longer sell Blue-ray players. However it isn't the end of Blue-ray, at least yet, as Sony and Panasonic released new high-end 4k Blue-ray players for sale this year.  But it is really up to how e choose to watch movies in the future that will determine if the Blue-ay player follows the VCR in becoming a technology of the past.

SOURCE: CNET & Techradar

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