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Philips is launching new and highly affordable Google Cast 4K TVs in the summer

by on May 30, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – May 30, 2016

Among the brands of 4K TV manufacturers commonly sold on the North American market, Philips is definitely one of the lesser known names and for good reason. Most of its 4K UHD TVs are much bigger sellers in Europe and other markets outside the U.S and Canada. But this hasn’t stopped the company from innovating in new ways at delivering extreme 4K TV affordability to U.S customers.

Philip’s newest upcoming offerings are an excellent example of this, with the unique addition of Google Cast, razor-sharp 4K resolution and an apparently decent array of smart TV features. They have quite a lot to offer at one very low range of prices.

At one time, Google’s Chromecast was something you had to run via a plug-in dongle if you wanted it on your smart or dumb TV, but now thanks to Philips (and other brands such as Polaroid and Vizio) the Cast comes built right into the TV itself.

Philips recently announced that it will be launching a whole series of TVs for the summer with Google Cast as an integrated feature and these new models will be part of Philip’s 6000 series Google Cast Ultra HD 4K TVs.

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The new televisions will come in several sizes, 43 inches, 49 inches, 55 inches and a hefty 65 inches, with the very cheapest of the new TVs starting at just $650. All of these models feature 4K resolution and the Cast smart content technology, so this price tag is fairly reasonable when all things are considered.

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Of these new TVs, only the 49 and 55 inch models are already listed on Philips website and we also do know that the new TVs are capable of reading HDR metadata, though they lack the full HDR display specs you can expect from certain other relatively affordable 4K 2016 TVs like the Vizio P-Series and P-Series.

What’s particularly interesting about the new Philips 6000 Series models and other Google Cast TVs we’re seeing appear is that the Google technology in them allows the TV makers to deliver a high quality smart content OS platform without developing their own proprietary smart platforms. This is a quick, affordable and easy route to smart functionality without the kind of serious proprietary development effort you’d see with the native smart platforms of Samsung, LG or Sony 4K TVs, which are also correspondingly much more expensive.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Larry Rosenberg
    June 2, 2016 at 11:33 am

    What good is “reading HDR metadata” if the TV doesn’t have the ability to display it?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 3, 2016 at 2:36 am

      In practical terms involving your personal viewing experience on a TV like that, there is no benefit to the ability to “read HDR metadata”. It just means your 4K TV will be able to display the content but only in SDR if it doesn’t have the specs for real HDR picture quality.

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