Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Earns UHD Alliance Premium Certification

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in home entertainment, today announced that its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, has been awarded UHD Premium Certification by the UHD Alliance (UHDA). The new certification, introduced in April 2016, is granted to Ultra HD Blu-ray players that comply with rigorous performance standards for resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), peak luminance, black levels and wide color gamut among other key metrics.

Samsung’s recently released HDR-compatible UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers four times the resolution and 64 times higher color expression than conventional Blu-ray players. When paired with Samsung SUHD TV’s Quantum Dot Display, the UBD-K8500 delivers a level of picture quality never before seen in the home. Its built-in upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs, and consumers can also play CDs.

“We are honored that our first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which provides the ultimate cinematic experience, has received Premium Certification from the UHDA,” said Jim Kiczek, Vice President of AV Marketing. “As we continuously strive to bring consumers the most advanced home entertainment products and services, we look forward to furthering our work with the UHDA to incite progress and growth throughout the industry.”

The UHDA’s Premium Certification is the most trusted identifier of televisions, content, content services, and playback devices capable of delivering a premium Ultra HD experience in the home. Through the remainder of 2016, the UBD-K8500 will bear a certification logo from the UHDA to ensure consumers identify it as a leading product that replicates both the richness of life’s sights and sounds to deliver the best content consumption experience.

The UHDA, the organization charged with fostering the UHD ecosystem and promoting the benefits of UHD entertainment technology, recently announced quality criteria for UHD displays, content and distribution methods. The specifications were developed through the collaborative efforts of leading film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers, content distributors and technology companies, as well as with feedback from extensive consumer testing.

For more information on the UHDA’s standards and specifications, please visit