Since the announcement of the Blu-ray Disc standards in 2002, Panasonic has consistently taken the lead in standardization.In 2004 it released the world's first 50GB Blu-ray Disc recorder capable of double-sided recording, and in 2006 the world's first recorder capable of playing BD-Video, as well as being the first in the world to develop the technology to play back full HD 3D image data recorded to the Blu-ray Disc in 2008.
Panasonic will also participate in the newly-formed UHD Alliance4 to contribute to the progress of whole 4K (UHD) industry.
About Panasonic Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications.
Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates around 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014.
Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers.
Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed the world's first Blu-ray Disc playback technology supporting the latest technologies such as 4K and High Dynamic Range, which are expected to be adopted in the next generation Blu-ray Disc standards (ULTRA HD BLU-RAY).
A prototype player will be on display at the 2015 International CES (Las Vegas, NV, United States) January 6-9, 2015.
This prototype integrates video processing and optical disc drive technologies that Panasonic has refined over many years, making it capable of reproducing 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel)/60p/10-bit high resolution video, and supporting the latest technologies such as High Dynamic Range that marks a major leap in the brightness peak from the previous 100 nit3 to 1,000-10,000 nit to improve the power of expression; wide color gamut standard BT.2020, which greatly increases color reproduction; high-efficiency video compression technology HEVC (H.265)/ Blu-ray Disc playback at a high bit rate of 100Mbps.
This marks a major advance in picture quality over current Blu-ray Disc players, and paves the way towards allowing consumers to enjoy the crisp, true-to-life quality of amazing 4K Ultra HD content in their own homes.
For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at As of January 6, 2015, for a Blu-ray Disc player supporting the latest technologies (e.g.
4K (Ultra HD) and High Dynamic Range) to be adopted in the ULTRA HD BLU-RAY next generation Blu-ray Disc standards. The next generation Blu-ray Disc standards are being formulated by the Blu-ray Disc Association and have not yet been finalized.
The technology to be adopted may change in the future. Luminance per square meter (cd/m2) - "Blu-ray," "Blu-ray Disc," and "ULTRA HD BLU-RAY" are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. The UHD Alliance is a global coalition of leading TV brands, film studios, content distributors and technology companies that aim to create a unified criterion for premium UHD platforms, from devices to content. Thanks...first time I've actually seen the pixel count for 4K.