Panasonic will beat rival Samsung to the punch by releasing the world's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player next month in Japan.
Unveiled at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo, the Panasonic DMR-UBZ1 will go on sale on Nov. 15 in that country, beating Samsung's 2016 slated UBS-K8500 by several months.
The DMR-UBZ1 also features DVR functionality courtesy of the included 3TB hard-drive (a feature that is likely to be absent from the western variant of this machine), and includes the usual Ultra HD Blu-ray features like support for HDR (high-dynamic range).
Panasonic's first foray into the world of Ultra HD Blu-ray will set back early adopters 400,000 yen, or more than USD $3,300 at current exchange rates. Samsung's UBS-K8500, which does not feature DVR functionalities, will be priced at under USD $500.
Panasonic also unveiled new high speed 18Gbps HDMI cables, thicker cables that are able to handle the bandwidth required for 60 FPS Ultra HD content.