Philips Introduces Dolby Vision Products

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Philips-CES-2017.jpgPhilips introduced a variety of new TVs and Blu-ray players at CES 2017. Three series of 4K TVs--the 6000, 7000, and 8000 Series--will support Dolby Vision HDR technology, and some will also feature Chromecast for media streaming. Screen sizes will range from 43 up to 98 inches, with prices ranging from $649.99 to $19,999.99. Philips will also introduce two Ultra HD Blu-ray players: the Dolby Vision-ready BDP7502 for $299.99 and the non-DV-ready BDP5502 for $249.99. More detals are available in the press release below.

From Philips
P&F USA, Inc. and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced the launch of new Philips branded 4K Ultra HD televisions featuring Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology and Dolby Vision capable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players. All 2017 Philips 4K Ultra HD 6000, 7000 and 8000 series televisions will support Dolby Vision out of the box. The Philips 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player BDP7502 will support Dolby Vision on Ultra HD Discs later this year via a software update.

Leveraging the HDR technology that powers Dolby's most advanced cinemas around the world, Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. 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. Dolby today delivers spectacular experiences in broadcast, gaming, music and other genres, and this expertise serves as the foundation that will enable Dolby Vision to drive the future of entertainment tomorrow.

"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," said Karl Bearnarth, executive vice president, sales and marketing, P&F USA, Inc., the exclusive North American license partner for Philips consumer televisions and home video products. "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."

From content creation to distribution and playback, Dolby Vision is an end-to-end solution supported by leading Hollywood directors, major studios and distributors, and TV OEMs worldwide. On-demand streaming services feature a strong lineup of Dolby Vision content with more than 80 studio titles available today. Additionally, more than 100 hours of original content is available in Dolby Vision across leading OTT providers globally, and consumers will soon have access to Dolby Vision titles on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, with anticipated availability in early 2017.

"We are excited to partner with P&F USA to provide consumers more ways to experience Dolby Vision today," said Giles Baker, senior vice president, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories Inc.. "Dolby Vision transforms your TV experience with dramatic imaging that goes above and beyond generic HDR, delivering a spectacular experience that brings entertainment to life before your eyes."

Philips 8000 series TVs are Dolby Vision enabled 4K TVs designed for the most demanding consumers. Available in three screen sizes (49-inch class, 55-inch class and 65-inch class) they offer Chromecast built-in, a platform that that lets users cast entertainment from their phone, tablet or laptop right to the TV and control the TVs using their mobile device or Google Home powered by the Google Assistant. Other features include wide color gamut, BrightPro Plus backlight, 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.

The Philips 7000 series is a 98-inch class Dolby Vision enabled 4K TV with Philips NetTV that offers direct access to the most popular apps, BrightPro backlight, 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 are Dolby Vision enabled 4K TVs that deliver premium Ultra HD performance. Available in six screen sizes (43-inch class, 50-inch class, 55-inch class, 65-inch class, 75-inch class and 86-inch class) they feature Philips NetTV, BrightPro backlight, Macro dimming, 120 Perfect Motion Rate, 4K upscaling, wireless screencasting, dual band 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound.

The Philips BDP7502 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers built-in HEVC and VP9 decoders for playing Netflix and YouTube 4K content. It also features 4K upscaling for non-4K sources. For the best possible sound, it offers both Dolby Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio. Connections include HDMI 2.0a HDR video output and 1.4a audio output to maintain compatibility with legacy AVRs, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and USB Multimedia.

Model numbers, screen sizes, prices and availability for Philips 4K Ultra HD TVs with Dolby Vision and Blu-ray players that will later support Dolby Vision pending a software update are:

6000 series
43PFL6902 43-inch class Spring 2017 $649.99
50PFL6902 50-inch class April 2017 $799.99
55PFL6902 55-inch class April 2017 $899.99
65PFL6902 65-inch class April 2017 $1,399.99
75PFL6902 75-inch class Summer 2017 $2,799.99
86PFL6902 86-inch class Summer 2017 $6,999.99

7000 series
98PFL7902 98-inch class Summer 2017 $19,999.99

8000 series
49PFL8922 49-inch class Fall 2017 $999.99
55PFL8922 55-inch class Fall 2017 $1,199.99
65PFL8922 65-inch class Fall 2017 $1,699.99

Blu-ray Player
BDP7502 May 2017 $299.99

Additional Resources
Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Philips to Launch New 4K TVs with Google Cast at HomeTheaterReview.com.


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