CES: Philips is Third Manufacturer to Unveil 4K Blu-ray Player

Philips has joined Panasonic and Samsung in announcing a 4K UHD Blu-ray player with support for high dynamic range. The BDP7501 offers upscaling for non-4K content and includes HDMI, Wi-Fi and Ethernet for connectivity. It also includes built-in support for HEVC and VP9 codecs, which should make it ideal for streaming 4K content from services such as Netflix and YouTube. What may set it apart from early competition, however, is its unique compact design, more akin to a set-top box than a standard disc player. The BDP7501 is expected to ship this spring for under $400.

Philips is also exhibiting some 4K televisions with HDR support. The company’s top-of-the-line 8600 series is available in 55- and 65-inch models, with “Dolby Vision HDR support and a wide color gamut, at 82 percent of the BT.2020 standard,” notes Digital Trends.

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“This series is the only line to feature Philips 240 Perfect Motion Rate, so sports fans may find this to be the go-to line for them. Like all of Philips’ 2016 TVs, this series features 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas, Sonic Emotion Premium sound, and built-in apps including Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Xumo and Pandora.”

The 7000 series, with “Razor Slim” cabinet, is available in 50- and 55-inch models and features 120 Perfect Motion Rate instead of 240. It has most of the functionality of the 8600 series, but does not include Dolby Vision.

The 6000 series offers “affordable Ultra HD performance,” according to Philips. The series includes a Pixel Plus Ultra HD processing engine and wireless screencasting. “Micro Dimming is included instead of Micro Dimming Pro,” notes DT, and the “line is limited to a 120 Perfect Motion Rate.”