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Here is Panasonic’s native Blu-ray player for 4K discs, the first ever of its kind

by on January 9, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – January 9, 2015

Blu-ray is already on its way toward releasing the next generation of its popular discs with full support for 4K resolution. This is something that the Blu-ray Disc Association has had in development since early 2014 and as of late in the last year had finally announced that Blu-ray in 4K would be emerging as of late 2015.

Since the discs are now on the way, consumers quite naturally also need media players that can handle them on all those 4K TVs that are becoming more popular than ever.

This is where Panasonic comes into the picture nice and early. The company, which has made quite a splash at CES 2015 with a massive selection of new ultra HD technologies, has also unveiled the world’s first prototype 4K Blu-ray disc player.

All current Blu-ray players can handle 1080p Full HD content but that’s their limit and this limit is going to be a serious issue as more and more TVs (and the consumers who are buying them in record numbers) move towards 4K resolution.

This is where Panasonic’s new player is going to meet a definite upcoming demand as one of the pioneering devices in the field. The player was unveiled this week to audiences at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada and though there are precious few details about the prototype device available, it is something that’s really going to be going on sale sooner or later.

The Panasonic 4K Blu-ray player on display among other new 4K technologies at CES 2015

The Panasonic 4K Blu-ray player on display among other new 4K technologies at CES 2015

So far, the player still needs plenty more work before it can actually start hitting shelves. The display model being shown at CES didn’t even seem to have a disk drive and besides, the discs that it would play are themselves still months away from going on sale.

Nonetheless, this new development represents a major step forward in creating the device infrastructure necessary to allow for portable media (discs in this case) that can bring 4K movies to homes with no access to internet connections powerful enough for 4K streaming or 4K VoD broadcasts.

4K Blu-ray players like Panasonic’s prototype will hopefully play a major part in making ultra HD movies available even to people in the least web connected environments.

Story by 4k.com

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