12:45pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
CES: Panasonic Highlights Ultra HD and Reveals 4K Blu-ray Player
Panasonic used its CES press conference as a platform to emphasize its involvement in the newly launched UHD Alliance and its commitment to 4K with products ranging from consumer electronics devices to professional tools such as broadcast cameras.
On Monday in Las Vegas, it announced nine new Ultra HD 4K TVs, highlighted by one with a “wide color phosphor” that Panasonic claimed could reproduce 80 percent of the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) specification for digital cinema.
Panasonic’s Ultra HD news also included a new Blu-ray player capable of playing 4K as well as high-dynamic-range content (The Blu-ray Disc Association is updating the Blu-ray spec to include 4K). There are also two new 4K-capable palm-size consumer camcorders.
This week, Panasonic also plans to show a prototype 8K display, notable as Japan's NHK is looking to leapfrog 4K and go directly to 8K, which it intends to have ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Panasonic also highlighted a new TV interface available in 2015, driven by Firefox OS.