LG Electronics and Dolby Laboratories Inc. have jointly announced the LG UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, LG's first that will support Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) display, offering increased brightness and contrast as well as a fuller palette of colors.
"The LG UP970 Dolby Vision-capable Ultra HD Blu-ray player is an excellent example of our commitment to offering an amazing home HDR viewing experience to our customers," said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. "We are proud to have an innovation partner such as Dolby to enhance our OLED and Super UHD TVs with their superior technology."
Dolby, in particular, is touted for its "deep expertise in bringing advanced technologies from the cinema to the home." The release notes that Dolby Vision is an end-to-end solution, supported by leading Hollywood directors, major studios and distributors, and TV OEM's worldwide." It adds that more than 100 hours of original Dolby Vision content is already available from leading OTT providers. Global availability of Dolby Vision titles on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc is anticipated "in early 2017."
"Dolby is enabling the future of consumer entertainment today across a wide array of playback experiences," said Giles Baker, senior vice president, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories. "Working with LG to deliver Dolby Vision support on Ultra HD Blu-ray players will enable the delivery of Dolby Vision to the highest-quality distribution format available."
The UP970 also supports "enhanced" dual-format HDR compatibility, with support for the generic HDR format (HDR10). It also includes support for 10-bit color and Rec. ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut, and for playback of content delivered using the new high-efficiency video coding (HEVC). The player is compatible with various leading audio formats, including Dolby True HD, Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Connectivity includes two HDMI ports, one HDMI 2.0a port for Ultra HD video output, and an HDMI 1.4 port for audio output to devices such as AVRs and sound bars. Ethernet and Wi-Fi allow connection to online content such as Netflix and YouTube. A USB port allows playback of movies, pictures and music stored on local media.
The release notes that Dolby Vision capability for the UP970 will not actually ship with the unit, but is expected to be added through a software update scheduled for "later this year."
The Ultra HD Blu-ray player is on display in the LG booth, Central Hall #11100, in the Las Vegas Convention Center.