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The Details Of 4K Blu-ray’s First Wave

P&F: Under the Philips brands, the company is unveiling its first 4K Blu-ray player, which supports the required baseline 10-bit SMPTE 2084 (HDR 10) standard.

The device also plays CDs and DVDs, though CD/DVD playback is not required in the 4K Blu-ray spec.

Pricing and ship dates were unavailable.

Samsung: The company’s first player will ship in the first quarter at a price unavailable at press time.

The UBD-K8500 will feature the baseline 10-bit SMPTE 2084 HDR standard, delivering 100 times the dynamic range of standard dynamic range (SDR). Dolby Vision HDR isn’t supported. The player will also support an add-on hard drive to store disc content securely, letting consumers play 4K Blu-ray movies in the future without getting up to pick and insert a disc.

Two HDMI outputs will be available, one with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP copy protection, and one without HDCP. The latter would send audio from the player to an A/V receiver that lacks HDCP 2.2.

The player also plays CDs and DVDs.

The company is also carrying over four Blu-ray HTiBs and it has no plans for HTiBs with integrated 4K Blu-ray players

Also in Blu-ray players, the company is launching a new 1080p Blu-ray player is the BD-J6300 with 4K upscaling. Four other Blu-ray models carry over.

Panasonic: Details were unavailable at press time.