Last week, it was discovered that Dolby Vision had been enabled in beta software. Oppo has now announced that Dolby Vision is available as part of an official firmware update that is rolling out now in the US and later this week in Europe.
First Dolby Vision Blu-ray players
With the official firmware, Oppo’s UDP-203 and UDP-205 have become the first UHD Blu-ray players to support the premium Dolby Vision HDR format that offers various picture quality improvements over the HDR10 format.
- “Oppo Digital announced that its UDP-203/UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players can now receive a firmware upgrade that enables the Dolby Vision feature,” the company said. “This new firmware makes the OPPO UDP-203 and UDP-205 the first Blu-ray Disc players to support Dolby Vision, elevating the players to a whole new level of video performance.”
The first Dolby Vision discs were released yesterday on June 6 with Despicable Me 1 and 2. Four Hollywood studios have committed to Dolby Vision on UHD Blu-ray. Lionsgate will release its first disc on June 27, and Sony Pictures will release its first disc on July 18. Discs in Dolby Vision format also include an HDR10 layer for playback on conventional UHD Blu-ray players.
- "The addition of the OPPO Blu-ray player to the Dolby Vision ecosystem is a major milestone that will provide expanded choice and accessibility for consumers," said Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories. "With Ultra HD Blu-ray, we are able to scale faster to meet the growing demand for Dolby Vision content globally."
LG and Philips (USA only) have also promised to issue firmware updates to enable Dolby Vision on its latest UHD Blu-ray-players. When asked by FlatpanelsHD, LG had no timeframe to announce for the UP970 player. Currently, LG, Loewe, TCL, Hisense, Philips (USA), and Vizio offer Dolby Vision TVs.
The firmware update for UDP-203 and UDP-205 is ready for installation in the US from the player’s menu or from Oppo’s support page. The firmware will be released in Europe later this week. Oppo’s Dolby Vision-enabled UHD Blu-ray players start at $549 / £649 / €898.
Oppo June 6 firmware release
Added Dolby Vision support. A Dolby Vision enabled TV is required to view content in Dolby Vision.
Added Sharpness adjustment support for the 4K resolution.
Improved HDMI audio stability when using an HDMI Split A/V connection
Changed the color depth info display of the HDMI In port to 8b/10b/12b instead of 24b/30b/36b.
General fixes and disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted samples.