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Panasonic Brings 4K Picture Quality and Smart Networking Features to Extended Blu-ray Disc Player Range

Press Release   •  Mar 24, 2014 12:30 GMT

New Blu-ray Disc Players combine up to 4K 60p output, HDMI 2.0 support, smart networking and stunning design for a ground-breaking entertainment experience

Amsterdam, 24 March 2014 – Panasonic has today unveiled its 2014 European range of Blu-ray Disc™ Players, including the DMP-BDT700, DMP-BDT460, DMP-BDT360, DMP-BDT260, DMP-BDT160 and DMP-BD81 models. The new additions provide the ultimate in sound and picture quality, with the top of the range BDT700 model boasting up to 4K 60p output, HDMI 2.0 support, 7.1ch analogue audio output, and ground-breaking 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling.

Alongside these picture and sound quality advances, the DMP-BDT700, DMP-BDT460 and DMP-BDT360 also feature a range of smart networking functions to give you the most flexible and intuitive home entertainment experience. This includes access to a wide variety of internet content via web browsing and internet applications, as well as Miracast capability which seamlessly mirrors content from your Miracast compatible smart device to your TV.  Access to simple Internet apps with an established broadband connection is also possible with the DMP-BDT260, DMP-BDT160 and DMP-BD81 models.  

Future-proofing image and sound

With up to 4K 60p output, the DMP-BDT700 is designed to support the highest picture quality available both today, and in years to come. Using a HDMI 2.0 terminal, you can connect to other 4K devices and enjoy crystal clear images and video. The DMP-BDT700 also incorporates 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling for converting Full HD Blu-ray content into stunning 4K.

When it comes to displaying 4K images the DMP-BDT700 and DMP-BDT460 are the perfect devices with their ‘4K JPEG Playback’ which displays 4K images directly rather than the traditional process of first down-scaling to HD resolution and then up-scaling to 4K and losing some of the quality.  The Uniphier LSI chip reproduces both detail and colour at four times the level of HD resulting in immersive images that transform HD content into truly unforgettable home cinema visuals.

Furthermore the viewer experience created by the DMP-BDT700 is amplified with the incredibly high quality audio which is exceeding expectations when processing digital and analogue audio signals.   

Online connectivity made easy

Using Miracast, the DMP-BDT700, DMP-BDT460 and DMP-BDT360 enable you to mirror HD content from your Miracast compatible mobile device on to your large TV screen. With a press of a button, images, videos or games on your smartphone or tablet (Android 4.2 operating system or higher) can be shared and enjoyed with your entire family. 

Panasonic’s latest Blu-ray Disc Players also bring big-screen web browsing to the living room. From news and sport to shopping and entertainment, an integrated web browser in the DMP-BDT700, DMP-BDT460 and DMP-BDT360 allows you to enjoy all your favourite websites via your TV. What’s more, all models, including DMP-BDT260, DMP-BDT160 and DMP-BD81, also come with a wide variety of integrated online content and services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Connecting with friends from the comfort of your sofa via your TV has never been simpler.

Taking advantage of the Blu-ray players’ range of features couldn’t be easier.  The DMP-BDT700, DMP-BDT460, DMP-BDT360 and DMP-BDT260, all feature built-in Wi-Fi for instant connectivity, and DMP-BDT160 and DMP-BD81 models offer wireless LAN capability via an optional adapter. All models also include a multi-user interface and Quick Start functionality, so you can locate the content that matters to you faster than ever.

Stunning from any angle

The new range has been developed using Multi-directional Visual Design, ensuring that each model’s aesthetics are elegant and stylish from wherever you’re sitting. The DMP-BDT700 and DMP-BDT460 boast a stunning hairline top panel with either an aluminium (DMP-BDT700) or mirrored front (DMP-BT460). Great looks aren’t reserved solely for the high end models as the whole range feature a similar 360 degree design.

Michael Friedrich, Senior Manager Product Marketing, Home AV, at Panasonic said: “Panasonic’s ongoing strength in image and audio R&D has enabled us to achieve a new level of Blu-ray Disc Player performance. With the inclusion of stunning up to 4K 60p output and a wide range of advanced smart networking functions, our new range transforms how users can enjoy content in the home. Smart networking, web browsing and access to apps such as You Tube means there’s always something great to watch and enjoy, whatever mood you’re in.”

Technical details & features:

DMP-BDT700

·  4K 60p Output / 4K JPEG Playback / 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling

·  FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  2D-3D Conversion

·  Video on Demand in HD Quality

·  TWIN HDMI

·  High Grade 192kHz/32bit DAC x 4

·  7.1ch Analog Audio Output / Pure Audio on HDMI / FLAC Compatibility

·  Internet Apps / Web Browser / DLNA (DMP/DMR) / Network Drive Access

·  External HDD Playback

·  Built-in Wi-Fi / Miracast  / Multi-User Mode

·  Aluminum Front Panel

DMP-BDT460

·  4K JPEG Playback

·  Built-in 4K(UHD) Up-scaling

·  FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  2D-3D Conversion

·  TWIN HDMI

·  FLAC Compatibility

·  Built-in Wi-Fi / Miracast  / Internet Apps / Web Browser / DLNA (DMP/DMR) / Network Drive Access

·  External HDD Playback

DMP-BDT360

·  FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  2D-3D Conversion

·  Video on Demand in HD Quality

·  FLAC Compatibility

·  Internet Apps/ Web Browser / DLNA (DMP/DMR) / Network Drive Access

·  Built-in Wi-Fi / Miracast  / Multi-User Mode

·  Multi-direction Form Design

DMP-BDT260

·  FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  Video on Demand in HD Quality

·  FLAC Compatibility

·  Internet Apps/ DLNA (DMP/DMR) / Network Drive Access / External HDD Playback

·  Built-in Wi-Fi / Multi-User Mode

·  Multi-direction Form Design

DMP-BDT160

·  FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  Video on Demand in HD Quality

·  FLAC Compatibility

·  Internet Apps/ DLNA (DMP/DMR) / Network Drive Access / External HDD Playback

·  Wireless LAN capable with optional adaptor / Multi-User Mode

·  Multi-direction Form Design

DMP-BD81

·  FULL HD Blu-ray Disc Playback

·  Video on Demand in HD Quality

·  Internet Apps(Simple) / Network Drive Access

·  Wireless LAN Capable with Optional Adaptor

·  Multi-User Mode

·  Multi-direction Form Design / Compact Chassis

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 over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. 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. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.