Panasonic About To Launch World’s First UltraHD Blu-Ray Player
Remember the time when Blu-Ray Players were all the rage, only to be quickly taken over by online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon thanks to their 4K/UltraHD support? Well it seems the times are once again changing and people no longer will have to rely on internet services for 4K content.
Panasonic unveiled the world’s first UltraHD (more commonly known as 4K) Blu-Ray player. The DMR-UBZ1 Ultra HD disc player will go on sale starting from November 15th in Japan. While Samsung has also revealed a 4K Blu-Ray player in the past, Panasonic will however be the first company to make it available to consumers since the Samsung one isn’t launching until 2016.
The player is larger than most recent Blu-Ray players (which upto now supported 1080p content) but that could also be because of the internal storage of 3TB that allows it to also work as a DVR and record content from TV. However right now only recording from Japanese terrestrial and satellite networks will be supported.
For compatible televisions, the player also supports HDR picture viewing.
Since 4K Ultra HD is not yet very common among households, the initial cost will be high and number of units low. According to Panasonic, it plans to make around 500 players per month, each with a price tag of around $3,300.
To go with these players to ensure maximum quality and experience, Panasonic is also going to sell new and thicker HDMI cables capable of carrying data upto 18Gbps for 60 frames per second Ultra HD experience.
The player is the latest in Panasonic’s growing family of 4K products. It also sells a television and three models of digital camera that can shoot video at 4K making it one of the largest tech companies out there with a wide variety of 4K electronics.