Panasonic outs Ultra HD Premium Blu-ray and HDR TV ecosystem at CES 2016

posted on Tuesday, 5th January 2016 by Steve May

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Panasonic has announced its first dedicated 4K UHD Blu-ray player as part of a premium UHD ecosystem, which includes new HDR panels. The company has taken the wraps off its ‘Ultra HD Premium’ certified DX900 4K LED LCD TV, and the UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Both the DX900 TV and the UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player feature a raft of advanced picture processing technologies designed to offer the “maximum possible benefit from all the extra detail, colour range, brightness, contrast and accuracy the Ultra HD Blu-ray format can deliver. “

Both products have been developed with the assistance of Panasonic’s Hollywood Laboratory, and are THX certified. The screen is compatible with Amazon HDR-enabled 4K streaming content, and will be upgrade to work with Netflix HDR 4K too. Both also feature 4K upscaling tech for non-native 4K content. The DX900, which will be available in 58- and 65-inch screen sizes, features a newly developed Honeycomb-structure panel which provides independent light control over hundreds of picture zones.

Other niceties include a proprietary 3D Look Up Table designed to handle the extreme colour demands of HDR, and Panasonic’s HCX+ (Hollywood Cinema eXperience plus) processor which aims to map any type of HDR source “in such a way that it always looks natural, detailed and nuanced.” The incoming UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player boasts proprietary chroma and gradation processing “fostered and refined” by Panasonic’s Hollywood Laboratory. The UB900 also employs high-end audio components and is a compatible with a raft of file formats. Price and availability for both has yet to be announced.

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Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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