Philips Adds Open HDR, Dolby Vision, 4K Blu-ray

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P&F USA is adding high dynamic range (HDR) to its Philips-brand 4K TV lineup for the first time and unveiling its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, also with HDR.

All new 4K TVs launched at the show in three series feature Open HDR, the open SMPTE 2084/2086 standard, but two 4K TVs will also feature Dolby Vision HDR technology.

The company is also adding LED back-lit local dimming for the first time to select 4K models to take advantage of HDR’s capabilities, and it’s offering brighter panels in some series.

The three new 4K series are the 6000, 7000, and 8600 series. The company is updating its 1080p 4000 series.

Also at the show, the company is also focusing on wide color gamut in the two 4K TVs in the new 8600 series. The two TVs delivers 82 percent of the ITU’s BT.2020 color space. A 65-inch 4K 8900 series laser TV, available since October, delivers 87 percent of the BT.2020 color space.

The 8600 series TVs – the 55-inch 55PFL8601/F7 and 65-inch 65PFL8601/F7 -- also feature Dolby Vision HDR technology to complement the Open HDR standard. The two also feature back-lit local dimming to enhance dynamic range.

The company’s 4K HDR Blu-ray player features Open HDR, as mandated by the Blu-ray Disc Association’s specs, but it lacks Dolby Vision HDR. (See page 16 for more player details.)

Here are additional details on each new 4K series:

6000 Series: Positioned as offering affordable Ultra HD performance, the 6000 series consists of 49-, 55-and 65-inch models with HDR, back-lit local dimming, wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, 120Hz refresh rate, Pixel Plus Ultra HD processing engine, Sonic Emotion premium sound, wireless screencasting, and such apps as Netflix, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora.

7000 Series: The series’ 49-and 55-inch TVs add the brand’s Razor Slim cabinet design. They also feature HDR, wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, Pixel Plus UltraHD processing engine, 120 refresh rate, Sonic Emotion sound, wireless screencasting, and the Netflix, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora apps. The TVs lack back-lit local dimming.

8600 Series: The series, available in 55-and 65-inch sizes, steps up to add Dolby Vision HDR, wide color gamut at 82 percent of BT.2020, Pixel Precise UltraHD processing engine, and Sonic Emotion sound with 58-watt outputs. It also features back-lit local dimming, wireless LAN with MIMO, 240 refresh rate, and the Netflix, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora apps.

The company is exhibiting at the Renaissance, Ballroom 1.


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