Philips Bowing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player in June18 May, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
After an unveiling at CES in January, Philips in June will officially launch a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player in the United States — priced at $399.99. Unlike 4K BD players from Samsung (pending) and Panasonic (launched in April), the Philips BDP7501 is about the size of a streaming media player, which means it also features streaming apps from Netflix and YouTube.
The device is being distributed domestically by P&F USA, the exclusive licensee of Philips consumer televisions and home video products in North America. The player features ethernet and USB inputs (HEVC, H.264, AVCHD, AAC, MP3, and JPEG), as well as HDMI and digital optical outputs, in addition to wireless connectivity. The device also features Dolby Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential.
“This is a significant step in the transition from HD to 4K Ultra HD, and one that we believe will quicken consumers’ adoption of 4K, especially as they see what the combination of 4K, HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray’s wide color gamut can achieve,” Karl Bearnarth, EVP of sales and marketing at P&F USA, said in a statement.