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Philips announces 3 Dolby Vision TV ranges for the US

10 Jan 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Three Philips-branded TV ranges with Dolby Vision are coming to the US later this year. The 6000 series gives you Dolby Vision for $650 dollars.

Philips 8000 series

The 8000 series will represent the most advanced Philips TV in the US this year. It is not clear if it will use a direct LED backlight or not but what is clear is that it will support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

The company adds that the TV can reproduce 75% of the BT.2020 color gamut. It utilizes the company’s ‘BrightPro Plus’ backlight technology to boost peak brightness to “twice” the level of traditional LCD TVs that usually tick in a 200-400 nits.

- "We are excited to partner with P&F USA to provide consumers more ways to experience Dolby Vision today," said Giles Baker, senior vice president, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories Inc.. "Dolby Vision transforms your TV experience with dramatic imaging that goes above and beyond generic HDR, delivering a spectacular experience that brings entertainment to life before your eyes."

The TV also offers built-in ‘ac’ WiFi (with MIMO antennas), apps, and Chromecast that allows you to cast video from your phone wirelessly onto the TV.

These TVs will only be available in the US. Philips in Europe is operated by a separate company called TP Vision. The European line-up will be announced in a month or two.

The 8000 series TVs will be available in fall 2017 as 65” 65PFL8922 ($1,700), 55” 55PFL8922 ($1,200), and 49” 49PFL8922 ($1,000).

Philips 8000 series 2017

Philips 7000 & 6000 series

Two mid-range models were also announced. The 7000 and 6000 series are actually two sides of the same coin.

The 7000 series is a natural extension of the 6000 series and will only be available as a massive 98-inch model with all the same features as the 6000 (but faster 240 PMR). This also includes support for Dolby Vision and the BrightPro backlight system.

These TVs are not capable of reproducing the same wide color space as the 8000 series, which will make HDR video less impressive to watch. The TVs are equipped with ‘ac’ Wi-Fi (including MIMO) and Miracast. There is no Chromecast function built-in.

The 6000 series will be available in 43 to 86” sizes at prices ranging from $650 to $7,000. Four of the models will be available in spring 2017 whereas the two largest versions will arrive later this summer.

The 7000 series will be available in summer 2017 only in a 98” (98PFL7902) version, and will set you back $20000 dollars.

Philips 5000 series 2017

5000 and 4000 series

Lastly, Philips will release two entry-level series. The 5000 series offers 4K, HDR, Chromecast, and WiFi.

The 4000 series is a basic HD model with apps via the Philips 'NetTV' platform that was discontinued some years ago. A better option would probably be to just buy a separate Chromecast and connect it.

The 4000 series will be available in 32” 32PFL4902, 40” 40PFL4901, 43” PFL4902, and 50” 50PFL4901 for $220, $330 and $370, and $450, respectively. The full line-up will roll out over the coming months.

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