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At CES 2016, Philips introduced their BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The player will be compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. For audio, the player will support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Connections include HDMI 2.0a and 1.4a output, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and USB Multimedia. The Philips BDP7501 will carry a suggested retail price of $399. (Now available at Amazon for $299)

Philips Press Release (May, 2016):

P&F USA, a Philips brand license partner, next month will deliver a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player to offer the ultimate in 4K home entertainment.

The new Philips BDP7501 plays back content at four times the resolution of current Blu-ray players for a stunningly detailed image. And with HDR support, content played on an HDR TV, such as any Philips 2016 4K Ultra HD set, delivers images with startling brightness, contrast and color.

“4K Ultra HD Blu-ray provides consumers with the opportunity to own and enjoy stunning 4K content without the glitches that can occur when streaming large 4K files,” said Karl Bearnarth, executive vice president, sales and marketing, P&F USA, Inc., the exclusive North American licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products. “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.”

The Philips 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, and plays 3D Blu-ray discs. For the best possible sound, it offers both Dolby Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio | Essential.

Connections include HDMI 2.0a and 1.4a output, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and USB Multimedia support for HEVC, H.264, AVCHD, AAC, MP3, JPEG and more. It also offers discrete HDMI audio output for connecting to legacy audio receivers.

The player is available in two versions – the BDP7501 features a real brushed aluminum chassis, while the BDP7301 offers a piano black chassis. Both players are available next month at a suggested retail price of $399.99.

From Philips (Jan, 2016):

Philips has announced that it will begin selling a new premium compact design 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayplayer this spring. The new player, compatible with 4K Ultra HD discs due out early this year, will support High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The Philips BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will play back content at four times the resolution of current Blu-ray players for a stunningly detailed image. And with HDR support, content played on an HDR TV, such as any Philips 2016 4K Ultra HD set, will deliver images with startling brightness, contrast and color.

“4K Ultra HD Blu-ray provides consumers with the opportunity to own and enjoy stunning 4K content without the glitches that can occur when streaming large 4K files,” said Karl Bearnarth, executive vice president, sales and marketing, P&F USA, Inc., the exclusive North American licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products. “This is a significant step in the transition from HD to 4KUltra 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.”

The Philips 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 TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Connections include HDMI 2.0a and 1.4a output, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Ethernet and USB Multimedia.

The Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available in spring 2016 at a suggested retail price of under $399.99 when launched.

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