Philips 4K TV& 4K Blu-ray Player+Price
At CES 2016, several manufacturers were announcing plans for 2016 4K TVs in different sizes, with different price points. However, a few companies were showing off a full 4K home theater package, with a bonus 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Philips, who has been making a lot of headlines lately for the Hue lighting system, was one of the companies showing off new 4K home theater products for 2016. Philips is planning a total of seven new 4K TVs and the BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player (pictured below).
The BDP7501 can play 4K Blu-rays (when available), as well as standard Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs. It also features HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR), and built-in WiFi support, which will come in handy for streaming Netflix and YouTube apps.
All seven of the new 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs for 2016 will feature HDR, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 on all ports, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound. Each model will also come with built-in WiFi and on-screen access to Netflix, YouTube, VUDU, Xumo, and Pandora.
Although no prices were announced, the 6000 Series is expected to be the company’s affordable 4K TV lineup. Available in 49-, 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, this line includes Micro Dimming, BrightPro backlight, the 120 Perfect Motion Rate, a Pixel Plus Ultra HD processing engine, and Wireless Screencasting features.
In the middle of this year’s pack is the 7000 Series. Both the 49- and 55-inch models will come with BrightPro backlight, a Pixel Plus UltraHD processing engine, the 120 Perfect Motion Rate, and Wireless Screencasting options. However, the perk that sets this series apart will be the Razor Slim cabinet design.
The last in this year’s Philips lineup is the 8600 Series. Available in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, this is the only Philips model to get Dolby Vision, a proprietary form of HDR technology with a wide color gamut (Philips claims 82 percent of BT.2020). Other features include BrightPro backlight, Micro Dimming Pro, the 240 Perfect Motion Rate, and a Pixel Precise UltraHD processing engine.
“The combination of 4K resolution and HDR image quality is truly astounding,” said Karl Bearnarth, executive vice president of sales and marketing for P&F USA, Inc., the exclusive North American licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products. “Philips is committed to delivering the very best possible viewing experience for our customers, so we’re offering HDR support throughout our entire 2016 4K line and doubling down on our 4K commitment with the launch of our new Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray player.”
There’s no word on pricing or availability for any of the 2016 4K TVs mentioned above. However, Philips will start shipping the BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player sometime this spring for around $399.99.