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Articles & Videos: Blu-ray Disc Players

Blu-ray players play discs with high-definition picture and sound. Most also let you stream movies and music. How do you know which player's right for you?

Blu-ray and DVD player FAQ
by Loren Barstow

What's the difference between DVD and Blu-ray Disc? How would I connect a DVD player to my TV to get the best possible picture? My TV doesn't accept progressive-scan signals, so paying extra for a progressive-scan DVD player is a waste of money, right? Plus more...

3D TV FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

How does 3D TV work? Why do I have to wear glasses to watch 3D? What's the difference between passive 3D and active 3D TVs? Your questions about 3D TV answered here!

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

What is HDR TV?
by Steve Kindig

4K Ultra HD has millions more pixels than HD, delivering much more picture detail - a major benefit for large screens. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, closer to what we see in movie theaters.

Samsung's UBD-K8500 is its first 4K Blu-ray player, which allows you to watch Ultra HD Blu-ray discs at their full resolution on your 4K TV. It also uses sophisticated upsampling technology to make your standard HD content look better than ever.