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If you have a new (and probably quite expensive) 4K HDR TV, then 4K video is amazing — it looks incredible. But to watch a 4K Blu-ray, you need a 4K Blu-ray player, which can set you back quite a few hundred dollars more than regular Blu-ray. If you do want to make that investment, though, the cheapest 4K Blu-ray player actually does a lot more than just play movies. You can buy a 4K-toting Xbox One S for as little as $349, a full $200 cheaper than the least expensive Blu-ray player on sale in Australia today.

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The guy next to me huffed loudly — an explosive grunt of displeasure that had me halfway between amusement and horror. We were in a meeting room at the Hilton in New Jersey, seated in front of a giant TV with a giant sound system, and we'd just seen footage played back on Panasonic's UB900 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. Compared to the competitor, it had performed well and everyone in attendance was eager to get their hands on one for testing at home.

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High Dynamic Range continues to prove its importance as Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player lands on Australian shelves.

Panasonic jumped the gun recently in order to announce Australia's first Ultra HD Blu-ray disc first player — I've already put the Panasonic player through its paces, but it won't actually be on sale until September and judging by overseas pricing it's likely to sell for at least $1000. Now Samsung has thrown its hat in the ring with a $599 player that hits the shelves this month.

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Although you can't buy a a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player just yet, you can buy the super-high-resolution discs that work in them. 20th Century Fox is the first movie publisher with 4K Blu-rays already in Australian stores, with six movies already available — and there are plenty more on the way.

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Video: This side-by-side comparison video of 4K HDR Ultra HD and Blu-Ray doesn't show the true technological difference between the two (because things get lost in translation when it ends up as a video on YouTube). But it does illustrate how there is a visual difference between the two that goes beyond just more resolution. 4K TVs are often disregarded because we can't appreciate the resolution unless the screen is much bigger than usual, but with 4K allowing for high dynamic range, Ultra HD movies can pack a much better colour punch.