Panasonic today confirmed its plans to introduce an Ultra HD Blu-ray player “later this year” during its press conference at CES 2016, making it just the second major manufacturer to do so along with Samsung. The premium television manufacturer also introduced its CZ950 4K Ultra HD OLED television to the US press, having originally announced and shown the next-gen TV last September at IFA in Berlin. Panasonic added that the new Ultra HD OLED is the first and only to receive THX certification.
The only new video product Panasonic highlighted during the press session was its new flagship Ultra HD LED TV series, the DX900. Panasonic claims the DX900 is the first TV to meet the UHD Alliance’s recently announced Ultra HD Premium specification, which calls for specific color gamut and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, among other key performance metrics.
As is often the case, pricing and exact availability for the 4K Ultra HD OLED, Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and new DX900 LED TV series were not discussed. We’ll be meeting with Panasonic later this week to get some hands-on time with the new TVs and Ultra HD Blu-ray player and will attempt to get additional details at that time.