New Samsung UHD Blu-ray to Fulfill Mobile Content Promise

First discussed in late 2014, player to bow at CES

In late 2014 at IFA in Berlin, Samsung and 20th Century Fox made a bold announcement: Using technology from the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) platform (now known as Vidity), future Blu-ray Disc players would be capable of transporting premium digital entertainment content — including 4K content — across all devices, including mobile.

More than two years later, it looks like that promise is going to be fulfilled. Samsung Dec. 28 revealed that it will debut a new Ultra High-Def (UHD) Blu-ray player — the M9500 — at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

While details are slim, with no pricing or street date, the last paragraph of the announcement hinted at what could be a revolutionary change in Hollywood’s physical disc business: “Further additions to the UHD Blu-ray player in 2017 include improved mobile integration, giving users the flexibility to enjoy their favorite Blu-ray titles on their mobile device.”

Samsung’s promise with its new player would add a new layer to Hollywood’s digital offerings, opening up a “digital bridge” between physical content and digital playback.