Slowly but surely spins discs out and Samsung just puts a new nail in their coffin. The company told Forbes that it was made to produce 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players – and CNET could confirm that Samsung stops production on at least some of its 1080p Blu-ray players
"Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models on the US market," a Samsung spokesman said CNET .
Technically, there is still the possibility that Samsung may continue to produce its existing Blu-ray players for months or years ̵
But practically, Samsung has just announced that it will end the Blu-ray business, which Oppo did last April.
Although Samsung was very fond of 4K Ultra HD Blu rays to turn every other company into the battlefield with the first player in 2016, it is not surprising that Samsung can bow early. Discs are in decline, with the research company Nielsen recently using Blu-ray and DVD players as the example of a emerging technology.
"Some devices, such as DVD / Blu-ray players, are in the downward phase of their product's life cycle as streaming devices get prominent results," says Nielsen's Q2 2018 report, adding that only 66 percent of TV & amp; One sees households one by one compared to 72 percent the year before. Nielsen also says that the average American adult spends only 5 minutes a day – by far the smallest of any screen activity – using a Blu-ray or DVD player.
And streaming services have been strengthened in a large one too, especially by making 4K streams cheaper. Apple and Google sell both 4K movies at the same price as 1080p HD now and will upgrade your HD movies to 4K for free. Amazon dropped its prices. Plus, an excellent 4K streaming device has never been cheaper than it is now.
You can certainly claim that discs are still the best experience with the best picture and sound quality. I prefer to pop in a Blu-ray myself. But between the advent of streaming and the fact that 4K movies aren't always actually 4K, but often mastered at lower resolutions, they just can't be convincing enough as a business anymore.
Perhaps Sony was not stingy as it omitted a 4K Blu-Ray player from PS4 Pro. Maybe it was just smart.