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Philips Unveils Dolby Vision-capable Ultra HD TVs and Ultra HD Blu-ray Player at CES 2017

By Rachel Cericola

At CES 2017, there are so many 4K TVs. However, the real TV buzz this year seems to be surrounding Dolby Vision.

Philips is the latest company to announce products that will include the proprietary high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology. The company will put support for Dolby Vision into all 2017 Philips 4K Ultra HD 6000, 7000, and 8000 series televisions.

Dolby Vision is a proprietary form of HDR technology that boasts a wide color gamut. HDR allows video content to have more steps between the blackest black and the whitest white, which means you can capture high-contrast scenes, such as sunsets, starfields, street lamps, and more, all with much greater realism.

Besides the Dolby Vision, theĀ 8000 series features built-in Chromecast and support for Google Home, as well as BrightPro Plus backlight, Micro Dimming, 240 Perfect Motion Rate, 4K upscaling, 802.11ac wireless LAN with MIMO antennas, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Sonic Emotion Premium sound. Shipping out sometime this fall, the 49-inch 49PFL8922 has an MSRP of $999.99, with the 55-inch 55PFL8922 listed for $1,199.99 and the 65-inch 65PFL8922 priced at $1,699.99.

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The 98-inch 98PFL7902 is the lone model in the 7000 series. Photo: P&F USA, Inc.

The 7000 series only needs one size -- because it's a whopping 98-incher. This 4K TV features web-based apps through NetTV, 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. Expect to find the 98PFL7902 selling this summer, priced at $19,999.99

And finally, Philips 6000 series TVs feature NetTV, BrightPro backlight, Macro dimming, 120 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. The 50-inch 50PFL6902, 55-inch 55PFL6902, and 65-inch 65PFL6902 will all start selling in April, priced at $799.99, $899.99, and $1,399.99, respectively. The 43-inch 43PFL6902 will come sometime in the spring for $649.99, with the 75-inch 75PFL6902 ($2,799.99) and 86-inch 86PFL6902 ($6,999.99) expected in the summer.

"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 of sales and marketing for 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."

Currently, more than 80 studio titles are available in Dolby Vision, with another 100 hours of original content currently streaming in Dolby Vision across leading OTT providers globally. Dolby Vision will also be available soon on new Ultra HD Blu-ray releases, which are scheduled for sometime in 2017.

To accommodate those releases, Philips is also planning to add Dolby Vision to the BDP7502 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player via a software update later this year. The newly announced player comes with built-in HEVC and VP9 decoders for playing 4K content from Netflix and YouTube. It also has a 4K upscaler, a HDMI 2.0a output, a 1.4a audio output, and Wi-Fi. Look for the BDP7502 in May, priced at $299.99.

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