UHD Alliance begins certification of 4K Blu-ray players, eyes broadcast

posted on Wednesday, 13th April 2016 by Steve May

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The UHD Alliance of CE manufacturers, content providers and chip makers have expanded their Ultra HD Premium certification programme to include Ultra HD Blu-ray players, and the first product to earn the badge is the Panasonic DMP-UB900.

The high-spec 2160p player supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) content with DCI P3 colour grading within a BT2020 wrapper, and hits UK retail stores this week. The deck ships with complimentary 4K UHD disc copies of Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas. It joins Panasonic’s VIERA DX902 TV, which has also been certified ULTRA HD Premium. 

The UHD Alliance has so far certified 30 TVs with the Ultra HD premium logo.

“As the Ultra HD ecosystem continues to grow, the UHDA will continue to expand the breadth of Ultra HD Premium certified products and services to provide consumers with a single, identifying mark to seek out so they can purchase with confidence,” said UHD Alliance President Hanno Basse. “The certification of Ultra HD Blu-ray players is a natural first expansion, because the Ultra HD Blu-ray format was built with premium performance in mind and a growing number of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles released by Hollywood also bear the Ultra HD Premium logo.”

The group says it is now  “studying live broadcast of UHD content with an eye toward identifying key technical issues and developing a premium standard for live broadcast content.”

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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