Slowly but surely the rotating discs die out and Samsung just puts another nail in her coffin. The company said Forbes it was finished with the production of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players – and CNET was able to confirm that Samsung's production of at least some of its 1080p Blu-ray Player will also adjust
"Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market," said a spokesman for Samsung CNET .
Technically, there is still the possibility that Samsung may continue to produce its existing Blu-ray players for months or years ̵
But in practical terms, Samsung may just have announced that it is giving up on the Blu-ray business, as Oppo did last April.
Although Samsung had enough to do with 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays beat every second company with the first player in 2016. It's not surprising that Samsung could say goodbye early. The discs are going back. The research firm Nielsen recently used Blu-ray and DVD players as as an example of a technology on its way.
"Some devices, such as DVD / Blu-ray players, are in the waning phase of their product lifecycle as streaming devices become more important," Nielsen's second-quarter report said in 2018 Households with televisions have one device compared to 72 percent in the previous year. Nielsen also says that an average adult in the US spends just 5 minutes a day – by far the lowest screen activity – with a Blu-ray or DVD player.
And the streaming services have improved a lot By the way, 4K streams are cheaper. Apple and Google both sell 4K movies at the same price as 1080p HD and can upgrade their HD movies to 4K for free. Amazon has also lowered its prices significantly. Plus, a great 4K streaming device is never cheaper than it is today.
You could definitely say that discs are still the best experience with the best picture and audio quality. I prefer to pop on a Blu-ray myself. But between the advent of streaming and the fact that 4K movies are not always actually 4K, but are often mastered at lower resolutions, they may not be convincing enough as a business.
Maybe Sony was not stingy when it left out a 4K Blu-Ray player from the PS4 Pro. Maybe it was just smart.