Panasonic OLED TVs Get UHD Alliance Premium Logo

By Alan Spencer
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Reports said that Panasonic’s EZ1000 and EZ952 TV ranges have both been certified as UHD Premium and received THX 4K certification. The EZ1000 is reported to have been selected as a reference TV by Hollywood partners.

Panasonic had sought the expertise of colourists and image scientists from Hollywood to help optimise its two 2017 OLED ranges. Panasonic is claiming that the EZ1000 has reference-grade colour accuracy.

To obtain UHD Premium certification an OLED TV must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Image resolution: 3840×2160
  • Colour bit depth: 10-bit signal
  • Colour palette (wide colour gamut)
  • Signal input: BT.2020 colour representation
  • Display reproduction: More than 90% of P3 colours
  • High dynamic range – SMPTE ST2084 EOTF
  • More than 540 nits peak brightness and less than 0.0005 nits black level

The EZ950 and EZ1000 will launch in Europe in June 2017. No pricing has been announced.

Analyst Comment

We contacted Panasonic’s PR dept to try to confirm this story, but had not received confirmation at press time. At NAB, Panasonic suggested that the TVs might be available to professional users in the US for mastering purposes.

Update: Panasonic UK confirmed the news and said that the sets had received THX certification. The sets were tuned with Deluxe’s Company 3, EFILM, and Encore post-production companies. The 77EZ1002 will be submitted for certification prior to launch this autumn. (BR)