Philips reveals new 4K UHD Blu-ray player with HDR support at CES 2016

by on January 6, 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.

HDR support is a major feature of all the new 2016 4K Blu-ray players and offers visible picture benefits

HDR support is a major feature of all the new 2016 4K Blu-ray players and offers visible picture benefits

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.

Story by

Leave a reply »

  • Gadgety
    January 7, 2016 at 2:15 am

    This does looks like a good package, and for $400 at least it’s reasonable. The Bluray players are essentially BDXL drives with a decoding chip for 4K, so the Panasonic $3,300 seems like a rip off. What does it offer that the Philips doesn’t?


    • zaockle
      January 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

      It has a 2 tuners for antenna and cable TV, cablecard port on the front so you can use it as a set top box, 2 USB ports, SD card port, a 3TB HDD to record from those tuners, high quality DAC with XLR stereo output and RCA stereo output, optical and coaxial SPDIF, extremely good video processing, and a very fancy design. basically, it’s an enthusiast product, and panasonic has stated they only make a small amount at a time because of that.


  • dougo13
    January 8, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Are we getting the 4K recorder also? Supposed to be on sale in Japan.


  • Nowtech
    January 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Your answer just goes to show how much of a rip Panasonic is trying to pull. Digital/QAM tuners cost $30. 3TB HDD can be found a for at least $125-$199 if that much. I can get a sound bar for $99. All those things I mention most people already have them inside their homes. Current HDTV have build in Digital/QAM tuners. Panasonic is looking like a bunch of fools with that outrageous price point for a damn Ultra Blu Ray player. Also, the price point I saw for this Phillips Ulra Blu Ray Player on another website was $299. Samsung’s Ultra Blu Ray Player is listed for $399. I’ll wait until these players drop down in price in about 1 year. By next year they will be about $150-$199


Leave a Response