Philips new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player hits stores in June

by on May 18, 2016

Stephan Jukic – May 18, 2016

Three companies debuted 4K UHD Blu-ray players in 2016 so far and among these, the Samsung model UBD-K8500 was by far the first to go on sale as of March 2016, followed in April by Panasonic’s DMP-UB900 4 Blu-ray player model for a steeper price, and now the highly compact Philips BDP7501 is finally going to also be hitting the store shelves.

More closely resembling a set-top box than any sort of Blu-ray player device, the BDP7501 lacks the bulky sleekness of its Samsung cousin but still offers pretty much all the tech feature’s one would have a right to expect from one of these new media players in the current 4K entertainment and TV market.

Philips originally claimed that the BDP7501 would go on sale in the spring of this year and it looks like they will just barely be keeping their word with a release of their player right before summer officially rolls around in June.

The company with the exclusive North American license to distribute Philip’s products in North America, P&F USA, has announced that the BDP7501 will be hitting store shelves in June for a price of $400, putting it pretty much right in the same price range as the Samsung UBD K8500 rival <a href=””>4K Blu-ray player</a>.


As for its roster of specs and features, the new BDP7501 for starters offers the obvious, which is full 4K Blu-ray disc media support. In addition to this, the compact media player supports HDR media in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards and comes with HEVC (H.265) and VP9 4K content compression support. It of course comes with its own smart interface and delivers access to 4K content apps such as Amazon Prime, YouTube and Netflix among others. Furthermore, audio feature like Dolby Audio support and DTS-HD Master Audio Essentials are also supported by the BDP7501.

The BDP7501 is also compatible with playback of other disc media like HD Blu-rays and DVDs, much like the Samsung UBD K8500.

According to Karl Bearnarth, P&F USA Executiv vice president of sales and marketing,

“4K Ultra HD Blu-ray provides consumers with the opportunity to own and enjoy stunning 4K content without the glitches that can occur when streaming large 4K files. This is a significant step in the transition from HD to 4K Ultra HD, and one that we believe will quicken consumers’ adoption of 4K, especially as they see what the combination of 4K, HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray’s wide color gamut can achieve.”

The Philips 4K Blu-ray player offers full HDR support for compatible 4K TVs

The Philips BDP7501 4K Blu-ray player offers full HDR support for compatible 4K TVs

Interestingly, the new Philips 4K Blu-ray disc player will be released in two versions. The first of these is the BDP7501, which comes with a brushed aluminum chassis and the BDP7301, which is available in Piano Black. Both of these models feature the same essential specs and offer connectivity for HDMI 2.0a, HDMI 1.4a and HDMI audio out along with Ethernet, WiFi, USB and support for playback of USB media in codec formats like HEVC, H.264, AVCHD, AAC, MP3 and JPEG.

While P&F hasn’t named a specific release date yet, we can be fairly sure that The Philips BDP7501/ BDP7301 will be going on sale before the 21st of June, when Summer begins, assuming that the manufacturer wants to stick to their original promise of a spring release, even if just barely.

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  • Bryan
    May 23, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Are HDR10 and Dolby Vision both confirmed? Would also love to know if the player supports both HDR formats through streaming apps like Vudu, Amazon and Netflix. Despite its unattractive design, this could be the player for me…


    • Stephen
      May 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Hello there Bryan, yes, the new Philips 4K Blu-ray player supports both types of HDR standards. As far as we know now, all three of the UHD BD players offer dual HDR standards support. However, if you want to enjoy a 4K TV which also supports both HDR formats and the apps for both, your only option so far will be one of LG’s 2016 HDR OLED 4K TVs. To a lesser extent, Vizio’s P-Series supports both Dolby Vision HDR and some elements of Ultra HD Premium HDR technology.


      • Bryan
        May 28, 2016 at 7:34 am

        Hi, Stephen. When you say “all three of the UHD BD players offer dual HDR standards support,” I’m assuming you mean Samsung, Panasonic and Philips. But unless something’s changed, I didn’t think the Samsung and Panasonic models support Dolby Vision. Do they support DV now, maybe after a firmware upgrade?

        I have a Vizio P65, which supports DV and HDR10, so my preference is for a disc player that also supported both.


        • Bob B.
          June 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

          Bryan, you are correct. No one currently sells a UHD Blu Ray player that supports Dolby Vision and Philips has confirmed the BDP7501 won’t have it either.


  • Bryan
    May 24, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Considering the price of these things right now, it would seem best to just wait for the PS4k this fall. 4k Bluray player plus a full game console for nearly the same price.


  • Alex
    June 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    There’s also the recently announced Xbox One S which will have a price of $300. As I’ve no interest in gaming this would likely be the way I go as the PS4 Neo will be more expensive.


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