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New LG UP970 4K UHD Blu-ray HDR Player Offers a Versatile Alternative to Rival Models

by on January 5, 2017
 

Stephan Jukic – January 5, 2016

Finally we got to see 4K ultra HD Blu-ray players from Sony and LG. The wait for these brands’ models has been ongoing for most of 2016 and their final arrival adds some much needed fresh options to a market with a highly limited selection of 4K BD players. Granted, the existing selection of 4K ultra HD Blu-ray discs themselves is also rather limited even now, one year after they first emerged but the 200 or so titles that you can buy today are quite a bit more numerous than the mere handful that came out when the first Philips, Panasonic and Samsung 4K Blu-ray players emerged around the same time.

Perhaps this is in part why LG has waited so long to release its own new UHD Blu-ray device. After a full 12 months, the market for the discs themselves has shown itself to be stable enough for continued growth and the actual playback standards, particularly for HDR content, have pretty much become established at this point.

With this in mind, the new UP970 from LG offers the essentials of 4K HDR Blu-ray disc compatibility with the majority of ultra HD TVs. These specs include support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR standards (just like all of LG’s 2016 and 2017 4K HDR TVs) and connectivity specs for connectivity to the best and latest in streaming and external media sources of 4K movies and shows.

For now, the UP970 will only support HDR10 high dynamic range upon its March release to th consumer market but a few months after that, around the summer months, the device will get a Dolby Vision firmware update that’s timed to coincide with the releases of the first Dolby Vision 4K Blu-ray disc titles. We’re also expecting to see the other manufacturers of 4K BD disc players offer the same Dolby Vision support. At the very least Sony’s new UBP-X800 should also soon come with Dolby Vision support now that Sony’s new 4K TVs offer the spec as well for the first time.

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Moving back to the UP970, it’s a pretty simple looking, boxy black BD player with full 4K ultra HD resolution support, integrated access to Netflix and YouTube 4K video right out of the box and the possibility of further ultra HD streaming services a bit later on. Connectivity-wise, the UP970 comes with dual HDMI 2.0a outputs along with USB and Ethernet and WiFi connectivity.

LG hasn’t yet released pricing details for their device but we don’t think it’s going to cost much more than $200 at an absolute maximum given that existing rival players like the Samsung UBD-K8500 retail for $200 right now.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Gadgety
    January 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

    “…the market for the discs themselves has shown itself to be stable enough for continued growth”

    What is the growth rates for 4k disc sales?

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  • Bruce Walter Brown III
    January 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Is it gonna be 3D and Region Free also?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Hey there Bruce, at least for 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, the new player will almost certainly be region-free since the 4K Blu-ray format itself is internationally open. Other than this, though we don’t yet have review-level details about the new 4K Blu-Ray player, we can pretty safely say that it will be about the same as its rivals in these regards.

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