Panasonic has taken the advantage of Consumer Electronics Show, 2015 to present a prototype of a Blu-Ray player that can play the content as Ultra HD/4K. However, the technical standard for the physical media of this type has not yet been finalized.
Although this is only a prototype, the new Blu-Ray drive unveiled by the Japanese manufacturer could solve the problem of lack of content when watching the ultra-high definition 4K TVs. Panasonic claims that the new technology developed is a real progress as it is the first player of its type that is capable of playing a video with resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels at 60 frames per second.
However, there is one shortfall. This player is already functional, but the standard has not yet been officially finalized by the authorities. Indeed, the development of technology disc Blu-Ray is always finalized by the powerful Blu-ray Disc Association, which has not yet finalized the standard for next-generation discs.
But Panasonic is not an unknown small start-ups, it is even considered as the founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association and, like Sony, the company is one of the major drivers in the development of this video format for the last thirteen years. There is a real urgency about the lack of content in the television 4K, because although these new types of televisions are being sold for the last two years, the content by downloading or streaming is sorely lacking, especially for viewers who do not benefit from an optimal internet connection. According to the figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association – which organizes the CES show in Las Vegas-the market for televisions and computers 4K ultra-high definition is expected to grow 200% in 2015. The arrival of such player would be highly welcome.