Just when I thought I wouldn't see the Philips brand at CES any more, it showed up in a huge ballroom at the Renaissance hotel this week. As you may know, a Japanese company called Funai licensed the brand a couple of years ago, and it has re-emerged big time.
For 2016, the Philips brand includes three lines of 4K/UHD TVs, all of which are capable of high dynamic range (HDR) using the HDR10 open standard with HEVC and VC9 decoders. And all should be available by mid-year.
At the top of the heap is the 8600 series, which includes 55" and 65" sizes for $1200 and $1700, respectively. These sets use FALD (full-array local-dimming) backlights with 32 zones—a very small number, which is understandable at these prices. More importantly, they exhibit a wide color gamut (82% of BT.2020) and implement Dolby Vision as well as HDR10.
The 7000 series features a razor-thin design in screen sizes of 49" ($850), 55" ($1000), and 60" ($1400) and edgelighting.
The 6000 series includes screen sizes of 43" ($750), 55" ($900), and 65" ($1400). The two smaller sizes use FALD backlighting with IPS panels, while the 65-incher uses edgelighting with a VA panel.
I was surprised to see a Philips Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the BDP7501. It conforms to the Blu-ray Disc Association's specs for such a device and will carry a price tag of $400.