Victor Matsuda, Chairman of the Blu-ray Disk Association Global Promotions Committee, has confirmed this information, but also that 4K Blu-ray is expected to sell for a higher price than standard Blu-ray at point of sale. It’s going to be the same situation as when Blu-ray first launched and pricing was double or more of DVDs. Those two formats are now much closer in price, and the same will happen to 4K discs as the market matures.
For those consumers already choosing 4K TVs, the introduction of the new disc will be welcomed. Sure, you can stream 4K content, but it requires a much faster connection than typical HD streaming and eats up a lot more bandwidth. Buying on disc, especially for movies and box sets, will be preferred in the near future I’d imagine. That is, if the cost isn’t too prohibitive.
Early adopters will have to buy yet another new disc player, but it will no doubt be backwards compatible with Blu-ray and DVD, and there should also be upscaling as an option. However, if, like me, you’re more than happy to stick with standard 1080p Blu-ray for the time being, 4K Blu-rays will eventually replace them and the players will come right down in price.