January 6, 2016
During its CES press conference, Panasonic introduced its new Ultra HD products. The company confirmed that it plans to ship an Ultra HD Blu-ray player “later this year,” joining Samsung as the second major manufacturer to introduce a 4K BD player. Panasonic also touted its CZ950 4K Ultra HD OLED TV, originally announced last September at IFA in Berlin, and the first OLED set to receive THX certification. Additionally, Panasonic highlighted its new flagship DX900 LED TV series, one of the first to meet the UHD Alliance’s just announced Ultra HD Premium specification.
The Ultra HD Premium logo is available for sets that meet specific performance metrics, including color gamut and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities.
According to The Verge: “The ultra high-definition Blu-ray standard was finalized earlier this year, and studios like Sony and Warner Bros. are starting to release discs that support both 4K playback and burgeoning HDR technology for brighter, bolder viewing.”
Panasonic’s DMP-UB900 Blu-ray player supports 4K images and supports HDR and the BT.2020 wide color gamut. Panasonic says the UB900 also offers “dramatically improved audio quality,” and “supports high-resolution audio formats such as DSD and ALAC.”
“As is often the case, pricing and exact availability for the 4K Ultra HD OLED, Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and new DX900 LED TV series were not discussed,” reports Digital Trends.
However, The Verge notes that Panasonic introduced a similar player two months ago in Japan for about $3,300 U.S.