CES 2015: Panasonic reveals prototype 4K Blu-ray player
4K TVs are all very well, but there isn't much you can watch on them.
Sure, Netflix streams a few shows in 4K, but what we really want is a 4K disc format.
While the Blu-ray Disc Association is dragging its heels over the finer details of the 4K Blu-ray format, Panasonic is pressing ahead with hardware to play UHD discs; it's just taken the wraps off a native 4K Blu-ray player at CES 2015. Panasonic's keeping schtum on the specifics of the player for the time being, though it will be HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatible, just like LG's new TV sets.
As it's still a prototype, unsurpisingly pricing and availability for the new 4K Blu-ray player have yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, Panasonic has also revealed that it's joined the new UHD Alliance, a group that aims to set new standards for next-gen video, including 4K (and higher) resolution, HDR, wide colour gamut and immersive 3D audio.
For those of us who have to be content with non-UHD Blu-rays, Panasonic has announced two new Blu-ray players, the DMP-BD93, and the DMP-BDT270 – the latter of which will upscale 1080p content to 4K.
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