Vizio and Dolby Laboratories have announced the pricing and availability of the new Vizio Reference Series, the industry’s first complete High Dynamic Range solution with Dolby Vision playback technology. At present, the TV sets are only available in north America.
The 65-inch class model will be offered at $5,999.99 and the 120-inch model at $129,999.99. Equipped with Ultra Color Spectrum for a wider colour gamut and a quantum dot panel in the 65-inch class model, the Reference Series features an 800-nit, full-array LED backlight and 384 Active LED Zones. Customers will receive access to certain Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision mastered titles via the video on-demand streaming service, VUDU. Additional Dolby Vision titles from other content providers will soon be available through Netflix.
Matt McRae, chief technology officer at Vizio described the picture quality on the new series as “literally jaw-dropping”, establishing “a new level of excellence for the industry.” He continued: “High Dynamic Range and Ultra Color Spectrum is enabled through proprietary, custom panel technologies creating a television that pushes the limits of contrast ratios and colour gamut while redefining the level of picture quality available at home.”
Dolby Vision playback technology on the Reference Series promises an enhanced viewing experience, with increased brightness capacity and colour accuracy, creating a high contrast range with true-to-life intensity.
“Dolby advances the science of sight and sound to enable spectacular experiences,” said Kevin Yeaman, president and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. “With Vizio’s launch of the first TV with Dolby Vision technology, and the commitment of major studios to deliver Dolby Vision content, we are now able to bring a dramatically enhanced visual experience to consumers in the home.”
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has expanded its slate of movies available in Dolby Vision via VUDU on the Vizio Reference Series. In addition to previously announced content, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continues its steady pipeline of remastered 4K UHD titles with Dolby Vision to include San Andreas, Mad Max: Fury Road, Magic Mike XXL, Jupiter Ascending, Man of Steel, The Great Gatsby and more.
Netflix has also committed to remastering content in Dolby Vision and is expected to deliver season one of its adventure drama Marco Polo as its first Dolby Vision release via the Netflix app soon. Netflix will also offer season two of Marco Polo in Dolby Vision upon premiere.