LG will likely introduce its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player next month at CES 2017. It will carry model name UP970, according to a filing in the WiFi Alliance database discovered by 4KFilme.de. It is speculated that it will support Dolby Vision.
LG UP970 UHD Blu-ray player
LG has yet to launch an UHD Blu-ray player despite its OLED TVs being some of the best-positioned to take advantage of the new picture technologies introduced with the disc format.
That may have something to do with Dolby Vision that LG has embraced on its OLED TVs. Several people have speculated that LG has refrained from launching a player until Dolby Vision is ready on UHD Blu-ray, which it will be in 2017.
LG appears to have something planned for 2017. German site 4KFilme.de has discovered that the WiFi Alliance database includes a listing for a product named LG UP970. LG’s current HD Blu-ray players are named BPxxx – short for “Blu-ray Player” – so it is only natural to assume that “UP” refers to “Ultra HD Blu-ray Player”.
The listing does not go as far as to confirm specifications besides WiFi specifications but it does confirm that it is a “Media Extender (includes players & recorders)” and that it was certified on December 12, 2016.
Of course, this is not the first time that the WiFi Alliance’s database has revealed details on coming products. FlatpanelsHD reported in November that the database included listing for B7, C7, E7, G7 and W7 OLED TVs. The first four are obvious but the W7 could refer to LG’s incredible wallpaper TV.
CES 2017 in Las Vegas is only a few weeks away so we will soon learn more about LG’s plans for 2017 and whether this is the real deal or not. We suspect that it is.