Panasonic presents its first 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player for US market at CES 2016
Stephan Jukic – January 05, 2016
The future of 4K ultra HD Blu-ray disc entertainment is very close to finally arriving in the flesh (or microchip more so) and Panasonic is one company that’s making sure its technology is there to embrace the new medium ahead of the curve.
Mainly, they’re doing this in the form of a new 4K Blu-ray player that can finally do what the company’s prototype machine promised at CES 2015 last year. Thus, CES 2016 is finally the unveiling ground for a piece of technology first previewed a year ago, as of this morning’s Panasonic press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Furthermore, Panasonic promises that the new player will hit the U.S consumer market in 2016. The company has already started selling a similar and 4K Blu-ray capable media player on the Japanese market, but this other device was sold only in very small quantities and was limited to sales in Japan. Not to mention, it cost roughly $3,300 US dollars, a steep price indeed for the world’s first 4K Blu-ray player.
In any case, The ultra HD Blu-ray standard is finalized and the discs themselves are on the verge of coming out thanks to media companies like Sony, Warner Bros, Fox and even smaller content providers like Shout Factory, with its upcoming IMAX feature films on Blu-ray in 4K, all of which will be offering HDR and enhanced color in their disc editions. Thus, Panasonic’s new US player is very likely to support all of these display technologies as well.
We can also be sure that the company’s competitors like Samsung, Sony and others will be working on their own versions of 4K UHD players as well. Samsung in particular has a concrete thing going with the 4K Blu-ray player they also unveiled to the world at IFA 2015. However, neither Samsung or Panasonic have yet released price and specific availability details for their devices.
So far, what we can however be sure of is that 2016 will definitely be a year for some considerably more interesting consumer 4K ultra HD video choices existing on the actual consumer market, instead of just in corporate planning sessions.
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