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Panasonic Canada announces two new Ultra HD Blu-ray players

This New Series of Ultra HD Blu-ray Players Were Expertly Developed and Refined by Specialists in the Heart of Hollywood to Provide a Cinematic Viewing Experience

Panasonic Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its latest Ultra HD Blu-ray Players: the DP-UB820 and DP-UB420, which supports HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology. Designed in Hollywood and powered by an HCX Processor, these systems provide viewers a thrilling home entertainment experience. The Panasonic DP-UB820 and DP-UB420 will be available at select Canadian retailers and on the Panasonic eStore in 2018.

Key Features:

Taking HDR to the max
The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420, support HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology, which offers considerable benefits to users through optimizing the viewing experience on a scene-by-scene basis. This open, royalty-free dynamic metadata platform, created by 20th Century Fox, Panasonic and Samsung, delivers a more vivid picture, deeper blacks and higher colour contrast for an immersive viewing experience. Additionally, as a step-up model, the DP-UB820 also supports Dolby VisionTM**.

High Quality Pictures: Proprietary technologies faithfully reproduce original images
The 4K engine powering the lineup is Panasonic’s proprietary HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray. This has been improved by applying unique chroma and gradation processing to the video technologies which were developed at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL), the R&D facility for enhancing Blu-ray picture quality. Launched last year, the HCX Processor reproduces Ultra HD Blu-ray and internet-streamed 4K video images with stunningly precise colours and optimal brightness.

Precise Chroma Processing
The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420 have an original 4K Direct Chroma up-scaling feature that up-converts Full HD to 4K resolution for displaying beautiful colours.

Optimum HDR Processing
With more and more HDR content available on disc and via streaming services, the optimal reproduction of HDR content has become essential. In addition to having a wide range of contrast, images from Ultra HD Blu-ray players must be reproduced with fine detail in both dark and bright areas. To achieve this, Panasonic’s new players use unique technologies to provide three HDR adjustment functions.

HDR Optimizer
HDR-compatible TVs use tone mapping to match the brightness range of images according to the static metadata within the content, but optimal results are sometimes not possible due to the manufacturer or specific model. By conducting the tone mapping on the player, stable HDR picture quality is delivered regardless of the TV. Panasonic’s original image processing technologies achieve HDR images with higher definition while tone mapping is used to adjust the brightness level of the content. Even HDR images from ordinary HDR10 and TV footage provide optimal playback.

HDR to SDR conversion (Optimized Tone Remapping for SDR-TV)
Dynamic Range Conversion reproduces images with greater brightness and beauty than ordinary Blu-ray Disc images when played on a non-HDR TV with standard dynamic range (SDR-TV). This feature maximizes the image expression that is inherent to Ultra HD Blu-ray.

HDR adjustment for various viewing conditions
These new models have an HDR adjustment feature which reproduces dark and bright areas with high-fidelity, regardless of the viewing environment. Dark scenes in HDR images are sometimes difficult to see when viewed in a bright room and may require brightness adjustment. Because HDR signals are inherently different from SDR signals, existing adjustment functions are insufficient. The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420 use an original technology to optimize HDR video signals, which enables them to freely adjust the brightness of the HDR images. An HDR Setting button on the remote control allows the user to simply select the optimal setting for the viewing environment.

7.1-channel analogue audio output
The DP-UB820 supports analogue 7.1-channel audio for direct connection to a home theatre system for lifelike surround sound. Each terminal is gold-plated to resist oxidization and maintain high signal conductivity.

Twin HDMI Pure AV (Audio/Video isolated twin HDMI)
The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420 Series feature dual HDMI outputs for isolating and transmitting TV (4K video) and amplifier audio. By separating audio and video signals, unwanted noise is suppressed, resulting in high-quality audio reproduction.

High-Res audio playback
The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420 are designed for high-resolution audio reproduction. In addition to conventional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD (11.2MHz/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) ALAC and AIFF music files can be reproduced. Simply connect to a home audio system to enjoy music sources equivalent to studio master sound quality.

Digital tube sound with up-sampling
The distinctive, warm, comforting sound characteristics of tube amplifiers are faithfully simulated on the DP-UB820 and DP-UB420. Six different kinds of sounds from vacuum tubes with 96-kHz/192-kHz up-sampling can be enjoyed in exceptionally high-quality.

Viewing experience controlled by voice
Panasonic’s 2018 Ultra HD Players support voice control from Amazon Alexa (coming soon)* and the Google Assistant (coming soon)*. By simply speaking to them, a variety of operations, such as fast forward and pause, can be carried out by voice without having to use the remote control. Future plans will include starting and operating apps, such as VOD.

Compatible with 4K VOD***
The DP-UB820 and DP-UB420, both support 4K VOD*** (Video on Demand) services, offering a paramount video viewing experience for those who demand uncompromised quality in picture and sound when watching streamed content.

4K camcorder video and JPEG playback
4K videos (MP4 format) taken with a camera or camcorder can be reproduced using Panasonic’s 2018 Ultra HD Players, while JPEG data can be created in 4K resolution, so you can enjoy the memories of vacations and trips in all their natural beauty.

Design: The stylish and compact design provides a high-quality presence
All the advanced technology is packed inside a stylish, compact body featuring Panasonic’s 3D Glass Cut Design. This simple yet eye-catching design perfectly complements any flat-panel TV, while the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player’s front panel features a bevel cut finish on all four sides to present a subtle yet distinctive presence.

* Subject to availability
** Enabled by software update
*** Requires broadband Internet service

About Panasonic Canada Inc.
A subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc. provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions to meet consumer, business and industrial needs. Consumers seeking more information on the company’s products can visit Panasonic’s home page at

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