Philips reveals new 4K UHD Blu-ray player with HDR support at CES 2016
Stephan Jukic – January 06, 2016
Philip’s 4K UHD TVs and other devices aren’t the most famous on the North American market when compared to Sony, LG or Samsung models (though they do sell well in Europe) but the company is known for producing quality, cutting-edge technology and the latest, revealed at CES 2016 definitely point in this direction.
To start with Philips has announced the upcoming release of a new 4K UHD Blu-ray player, which will make it the third company in this new year do offer such a device, along with Panasonic and Samsung (at least from what we’ve heard via CES 2016). The new player will offer HDR video support and goes by the model number BDP7501. In essence, this new device is designed to compete with the Blu-ray 4K offerings of both Samsung’s and Panasonics players while also offering a ridiculously compact design that beats both of the competitors’ models. The player in fact looks more like a particularly small set-top box than a standard disc media player.
As for details on the new 4K Blu-ray device, it comes with built-in support for high dynamic range video and also offers full compatibility with both VP9 and HEVC 4K video compression codecs, meaning that it can play a wide range of content from sources that support either format, which means movies and shows in 4K from Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and others. There will also be an upscaling option for non-4K UHD video sources and connectivity for both HDMI 2.0a and the older HDMI 1.4 will be built into the BDP7501.
Obviously, the new player will also include a full internet connectivity package that includes wired Ethernet connection port and WiFi via 802.11ac standards.
Philips has not yet given a firm release date or price for the new player but we do have it on the company’s authority that the device will be shipping some time in the Spring of this year and that it will sell for less than $400. This is a great price point when compared to the cost of the one existing 4K Blu-ray player on the Japanese market from Panasonic, which was released to consumers in November of 2015 for a price of roughly $3,300.
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