Philips Unveils 3 Series of Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HDTVs
A Philips 2017 8000 Series 4K Ultra HDTV LED LCD TV
P&F USA is using CES 2017 to launch 10 models across three series of Philips-branded 4K Ultra HD televisions supporting Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range technology in addition to the company’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player supporting Dolby Vision HDR playback.
The company said that all 2017 Philips 4K Ultra HD 6000, 7000 and 8000 series models will support the HDR systems out of the box, while the Philips 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player model BDP7502 will support HDR10 out of the box and Dolby Vision HDR later this year via a software update.
Read more on the 2017 U.S. Philips-branded TV series after the jump:
Philips will be among a handful of Ultra HD Blu-player manufacturers with plans for a firmware update to add Dolby Vision support later this year. The players are all equipped with the necessary hardware for Dolby Vision and await Dolby’s release of the firmware update to enable it.
Dolby Vision adds a variety of benefits to the HDR viewing experience, including dynamic metadata that brings scene-by-scene color grading and contrast settings.
According to P&F USA, “Dolby’s deep expertise in bringing advanced technologies from the cinema to the home has led to distinct features that enable Dolby Vision to deliver extraordinary viewing experiences to home consumers. Dolby Vision is the preferred HDR mastering workflow for major studios and a growing number of creatives, so consumers will have access to more of what they want to watch in HDR, including a robust portfolio of movies and episodic content.”
In a statement on the line Karl Bearnarth, P&F USA sales & marketing executive VP, said: “HDR is a significant advancement in picture technology that delivers tangible improvements in image quality, but Dolby Vision goes further and transforms an HDR picture into something that is truly stunning. Dolby Vision is not just greater dynamic range and wider color gamut; it is also smarter pixels that deliver the best possible viewing experience for consumers.”
The company said that more than 80 4K Ultra HD titles are available with Dolby Vision today including more than 100-hours of streaming titles. The first Dolby Vision supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are expected to be available in early 2017.
P&F USA is using a centerpiece of its CES booth to showcase the picture quality benefits afforded by Dolby Vision HDR, including televisions output more than 1,000 nits of peak brightness and more than 90 percent of DCI-P3 color gamut.
All 2017 Philips 6000, 7000 and 8000 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV series models incorporate Philips’ BrightPro backlight technology that boosts brighter areas of the image by up to twice as much as a regular LED back light.
Philips 8000 Series TVs
The Philips 8000 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV series — including: the 49-inch 49PFL8922 (shipping in the Fall at a $999.99 suggested retail); the 55-inch 55PFL8922 (Fall, $1,199.99) and the 65-inch 65PFL8922 (Fall, $1,699.99) – feature 4K Ultra HD resolution, Dolby Vision support, built-in Chromecast to cast streaming video and music from smart phones and tables and control the TV using mobile device or Google Home powered by the Google Assistant. Other features include: wide color gamut, BrightPro Plus back light, Micro Dimming, 240 Perfect Motion Rate, 4K upscaling, dual band 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound.
Philips 7000 Series TVs
The Philips 7000 series 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV model 98PFL7902 (Summer, $19,999.99) has a 98-inch screen size, Dolby Vision support, Philips NetTV smart TV operating system providing direct access to popular streaming apps, BrightPro back light, Macro dimming, 240 Perfect Motion Rate, 4K upscaling, wireless screen casting, dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 and Sonic Emotion Premium Sound.
Philips 6000 Series TVs
Philips 6000 series 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs – including the 43-inch 43PFL6902 (Spring, $649.99), the 50-inch 50PFL6902 (Spring, $799.99), the 55-inch 55PFL6902 (Spring, $899.99), the 65-inch 65PFL6902 (Spring, $1,299.99), the 75-inch 75PFL6902 (Summer, $2,499.99) and the 86-inch 86PFL6902 (Summer, $3,999.99) – features Dolby Vision support and a “premium Ultra HD performance” level. All models include the Philips’ NetTV smart TV OS, BrightPro backlight, Macro dimming, 120 Perfect Motion Rate, 4K upscaling, wireless screen casting, dual band 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound.
Model numbers, screen sizes, prices and availability for Philips 4K Ultra HD and HD LED LCD TVs and Blu-ray players follow:
Philips 5000 Series TVs
The 2017 Philips 5000 series TVs – including the 43-inch 43PFL5922 (April, $529.99), the 50-inch 50PFL5922 (April, $599.99), the 55-inch 55PFL5922 (April, $699.99), and the 65-inch 65PFL5922 (April, $1,199.99) – are 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs offering built-in Chromecast smart TV, 120 Perfect Motion Rate motion smoothing, 4K upscaling, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO antennas, USB Multimedia, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, HEVC and VP9 hardware decoders for 4K Blu-ray and 4K streaming sources, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound.
Philips 4000 Series TVs
The Philips 4000 series of HD LED LCD smart TVs – including the 32-inch 32PFL4902 (April, $219.99), 40-inch 40PFL4901 (January, $329.99), the 43-inch 43PFL4902 (April, $369.99) and the 50-inch 50PFL4901 (January, $449.99) – built-in streaming from the most popular streaming apps, and wireless connectivity using the Philips NetTV platform. The 43- and 50-inch models include wireless screen casting, USM multimedia and Sonic Emotion Premium sound.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Players
P&F USA also introduced a pair of second-generation 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and a 4K-upconvertng Blu-ray player, including the BDP7502 and BDP5502, both supporting native and upscaled 4K Ultra HD resolution output and support for HDR10 high dynamic range. The BDP7502 adds support for Dolby Vision HDR as well. The BDP7502 will play the first Dolby Vision Ultra HD Discs due later this year, following a planned software update. They’re joined by a new 4K upscaling Blu-ray player.
The Philips BDP7502 and BDP5502 play back native content at four times the resolution of regular Blu-ray players. The Philips BDP7502 (Spring, $299.99) is a Philips’ second-generation 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offering Dolby Vision support in addition to HDR10 high dynamic range. It offers built-in HEVC and VP9 decoders for streaming Netflix and YouTube 4K content, 4K upscaling for non-4K sources, support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound, one HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 output supporting the latest HDR video metadata and one HDMI 1.4a output to supply audio to legacy AV receivers, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and a USB Multimedia input.
The Philips BDP7502 has built-in HEVC and VP9 decoders to playback Netflix and YouTube 4K content. It also features 4K upscaling for non-4K sources. Supported surround sound formats include Dolby Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio. Connections include: HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 for HDR video output and HDMI 1.4 to provide audio output to legacy AV receivers, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and USB Multimedia.
The Philips BDP5502 (Spring, $249.99) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is billed as a mainstream player with solid disc playback capabilities for people who already own Smart 4K Ultra HD TVs and want to enjoy the full potential of their 4K TV.
The Philips BDP3502 (Spring, $99.99) is 4K upscaling Blu-ray player positioned for recent purchasers of a 4K Ultra HDTV who have large collections of Blu-ray Discs.
By Greg Tarr
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