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Old 04-25-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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Australia 4K UHD Players Australian Availability

I have been regularly checking in with JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman's and spoken to numerous AV retailers... no one seems to know anything in regards to whether or not a locally released 4k UHD blu-ray player will be released sooner or later. Nothing on the AU Panny, Sony or Samsung sites either... Does anybody know if there are any plans to release a 4K UHD Blu-Ray player for the Australian market?
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:37 PM   #2
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hey mate , there was a article last year saying we should be getting the samsung player in the first week of may , if you type in 4K uhd players into google it will come up i think it was digital trends.

Also if you check the jb hifi website now they do have a page for 4K uhd blurays 13 titles are listed so far two of which are set for release this friday being kingsmen and xmen days of future past.

so hopefully if the titles come out this week it points to the player not being to far off.

hope this was of some help kind regards barney.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:45 PM   #3
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The Samsung is up for pre-order here:

http://www.rio.com.au/product/samsun...r-limted-stock

The Australian site in link above is reporting late May, however, since their pre-order went up last week, there has been a couple of other reports that the date has been brought forward, one stating roughly Mid May (around the 18th), and the other the 9th of May.

Nothing on the Panasonic yet, though I have seen it mentioned that the ETA for New Zealand is approximately the 18th of July.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:58 PM   #4
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hey mate , there was a article last year saying we should be getting the samsung player in the first week of may , if you type in 4K uhd players into google it will come up i think it was digital trends.

Also if you check the jb hifi website now they do have a page for 4K uhd blurays 13 titles are listed so far two of which are set for release this friday being kingsmen and xmen days of future past.

so hopefully if the titles come out this week it points to the player not being to far off.

hope this was of some help kind regards barney.
The official date is this Thursday the 28th, however they, a long with Life of Pi, The Martian, The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, will likely be available to purchase from JB today.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:41 PM   #5
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The official date is this Thursday the 28th, however they, a long with Life of Pi, The Martian, The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, will likely be available to purchase from JB today.
my bad on the release date friday was the day i had off when i was going to have a look to see if they had stock , thanks for the update on the player though mate
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for starting this thread. I've been searching the usual Aus retailers for a few weeks and have not seen anything in terms of when/ if the players are coming. With some of the UHD announcements that have been coming up, I can't wait to dip my toes in...although, the $699 asking price hurts a little.

- Correction - I see that rio are selling pre-orders for $495. I can swallow that a bit easier.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:27 AM   #7
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Thanks for starting this thread. I've been searching the usual Aus retailers for a few weeks and have not seen anything in terms of when/ if the players are coming. With some of the UHD announcements that have been coming up, I can't wait to dip my toes in...although, the $699 asking price hurts a little.

- Correction - I see that rio are selling pre-orders for $495. I can swallow that a bit easier.
i think the $500 price is for a limited amount of time though i think they did/ are doing something similar for the US release , $500 i can stomach but $700 is a bit to steep for me.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:18 AM   #8
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What are Rio like? Safe to pre-order?
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:18 AM   #9
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went into jb today (im based in geelong) and had a look around the store i could'nt see any of the fox titles that were meant to be released today so i asked a worker if they had any stock and they said nothing had come in as of yet but might come in the afternoon delivery so swing and a miss for me has anyone seen any uhd discs in the wild here yet?
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went into jb today (im based in geelong) and had a look around the store i could'nt see any of the fox titles that were meant to be released today so i asked a worker if they had any stock and they said nothing had come in as of yet but might come in the afternoon delivery so swing and a miss for me has anyone seen any uhd discs in the wild here yet?
This is because they didn't order any from the distributor for their stores until yesterday:

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...2&postcount=36

Edit: Yes, I saw them in the wild a couple of days ago, at Sanity:

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...6&postcount=32

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...5&postcount=35

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Old 04-28-2016, 01:41 AM   #11
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I've ordered the sammy from rio. lets see when that comes. I wish the panasonic was being released in au and they atleast had a eta. seems bizarre we are having to buy these from amazon and such. theyre missing out on early adopter sales

I dont think there is much bar one option on amazon that will ship the panasonic to au and its got a 1-2 month wait.
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http://www.theage.com.au/technology/...0160428-gogw0v

cotters of quark over on dtv, pana in september... price unknown.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:50 AM   #13
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I've ordered the sammy from rio. lets see when that comes. I wish the panasonic was being released in au and they atleast had a eta. seems bizarre we are having to buy these from amazon and such. theyre missing out on early adopter sales

I dont think there is much bar one option on amazon that will ship the panasonic to au and its got a 1-2 month wait.
Did you pay up front or do they charge at shipment?
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:39 PM   #14
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ducked into sainty before i started my shift and asked if they had any of the UHD's in stock took a while of searching but the worker found them out the back seemed like one of each title as Cevolution mentioned so i picked up a copy of kingsmen and xmen days of future past.
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I picked up The Amazing Spider-Man 2 UHD Blu-ray from JB HiFi today:

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...13&postcount=9

Also, I posted on Friday afternoon in the Australian sub-forum about a few JB locations in Sydney that had received stock of the Samsung UBD-K8500, which I forgot to post here:

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...5&postcount=40
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i still have'nt been able to find any UHD titles at my local JB but sainty have all fox titles in stock , i might have to venture into the city and check the bigger JB store though. Also i spoke a person at Rio sound and vision and they were meant to get their stock of the samsung player friday afternoon /saturday if anyone is waiting on their preorders from them.
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Sorry for the long post, but here's Samsung's PR:

amsung Electronics Australia is excited to announce that the Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player is available to purchase from leading Australian retailers from Thursday, 5 May 2016 for RRP $599 – making it Australia’s first available Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

The Samsung UBD K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivers the ultimate cinematic experience to Australian homes – letting users enjoy incredible picture quality from a 4k Blu-ray disc on their UHD TVs and in real HDR for HDR compatible SUHD TVs. The Ultra HD Blu-ray player features a sleek, contoured form-factor in a charcoal colouring – a premium design to suit any home and to complement Samsung’s latest TV range.

“Samsung is delighted to be the very first to bring to the Australian market, an entirely new home theatre platform that will set the benchmark for home entertainment in this country,” said Carl Rose, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung. “With stunning UHD 4K resolution, Samsung’s Ultra HD Blu-ray Player offers up to four times the resolution of conventional Blu-ray players.

“Samsung is committed to providing the best possible technology so our customers can enjoy the highest standards of Ultra HD content, whether the format is digital or in the form of Blu-ray discs,” Rose added.

Key features include:

Incredible Cinema Quality at Home: With HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, the Ultra HD Blu-ray player puts the movie set in your living room, delivering dynamic Ultra High Definition content in exceptional quality on Samsung's HDR-capable SUHD TVs. Experience sharp contrasts and brightness with deeper blacks and brighter whites. HDR content will be available in Australia from May 2016.



Enjoy More Vivid and Breathtaking Colour: The Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers twice the colour range and up to 64 times the colour expressions of Samsung's existing conventional Blu-ray players on Samsung's HDR-capable SUHD TVs.


Bring Your TV to Life with UHD Upscaling: The Ultra HD Blu-ray player lets you upscale all your content into higher definition video for display on UHD TVs, giving you crystal-clear images and great resolution. Now you can enjoy your favourite movies in an immersive and quality viewing experience.


Outstanding 4K Streaming Service: Stream some of the latest 4K movies to your living room on demand, and access content from online providers such as Netflix as well as your favourite offline shows, by connecting your Ultra HD Blu-ray player to your home internet network.


The Ultimate Universal Disc Player: The Ultra HD Blu-ray player has outstanding compatibility, letting you play the CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs that you have collected over the years.


Elegant and Modern Curved Design: Sleek and modern design to look beautiful in any Australian home and complement Samsung’s SUHD TV range. With a unique brushed design, Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray player gives your living room a modern finishing touch.


Samsung Electronics Co also announced today that its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has been certified as ‘Ultra HD Premium’ by the UHD Alliance (UHDA). Now a part of Samsung’s total UHD ecosystem, the UBD-K8500 joins the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV lineup, which has also been certified as 'Ultra HD Premium' by the UHDA. Further information is contained in the press release attached.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:49 AM   #18
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has anyone who ordered their player from rio gotten their's yet? im still yet to get mine.
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I see all this talk about 4k at 50/60fps

I have Deadpool and MadMax on 4K UHD Blu Ray, Both look stunning in 4K
but the frame rate is still 24fps. Do I have it set up wrong?
I am also running an 65" LG UHD TV from 2014 so it doesn't have HDR but The Difference from Blu Ray to 4K Blu ray is very noticeable and stunning the colour and contrast are very different ( to me anyway) I am using the Samsung UHD Player.
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I see all this talk about 4k at 50/60fps

I have Deadpool and MadMax on 4K UHD Blu Ray, Both look stunning in 4K
but the frame rate is still 24fps. Do I have it set up wrong?
No, not sure what you've heard but high frame rate is not part of the UHD BR spec. A lot of people were hoping for it but it doesn't exist.
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