LG Firmware Update For Dolby Vision

LG plans to win sales from Panasonic and Samsung by announcing a Dolby Vision firmware update for later this year.  The UP970 is also HDR10.

Warner Bros, Lionsgate and Universal are expected to release the first UHD discs later this year.  Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata to optimize a TV’s HDR performance on a scene by scene basis.  A Dolby Vision compatible TV is also required. Players without Dolby Vision will be able to read the standard static HDR10 layer.

Oppo said the UDP-203 will get a similar firmware update later this year.

The LG UP970 includes support for 10-bit color and Rec 2020 color gamut. It’s also compatible with Dolby True HD, Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio formats.  It features two HDMI ports, HDMI 2.0a for UHD video and an HDMI 1.4 for audio output that can connect with receivers and sound bars.  Ethernet and WiFi are standard.

“The LG UP970 Dolby Vision-capable Ultra HD Blu-ray player is an excellent example of our commitment to offering an amazing home HDR viewing experience to our customers,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “We are proud to have an innovation partner such as Dolby to enhance our OLED and Super UHD TVs with their superior technology.”

“The LG UP970 Dolby Vision-capable Ultra HD Blu-ray player is an excellent example of our commitment to offering an amazing home HDR viewing experience to our customers,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “We are proud to have an innovation partner such as Dolby to enhance our OLED and Super UHD TVs with their superior technology.”

“Dolby is enabling the future of consumer entertainment today across a wide array of playback experiences,” said Giles Baker, senior vice president, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories. “Working with LG to deliver Dolby Vision support on Ultra HD Blu-ray players will enable the delivery of Dolby Vision to the highest-quality distribution format available, delivering the ultimate picture quality experience for enthusiasts everywhere.”

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10 Comments

  1. I preordered the LG today. I have a Panny 900 which I LOVE, but I may need DV in the future so I figured at the price Id give it a try. HDTV Test had nice things to say about LG Blu players, I just dont think they ever got much fanfare in the past.

    I had one in 2011 IIRC with a HDD built in. It was great because Blu PQ was lovely and I could download Vudu HDX rentals to the HDD because my HSI sucked at the time.

  2. Next Wednesday I'm purchasing
    LG OLED55B6P TV
    Onkyo TX-NR555 7.2 Receiver
    LG UP970 4K Player

    Very excited to finally get the upgrade started.
    Not to kean on Despicable Me as the first Dolby Vision movie to try out, but I just might get it.

  3. Anyone having any kind of issues with the LG UP970 4K Player? Any glitches or has anyone had any discs lock up the player like the LG's used to do? Has anyone been able to compare the LG to an Oppo yet?

  4. Reading elsewhere, some people have complained about excessive noise from the drive mechanism while playing discs (while other people have quiet units). The player also seems to lack much flexibility in setup for bypassing the upconversion of lower resolution material.

  5. New firmware released today.
    70524.C
    Is this the dolby vision update.
    I tried the new 4k dolby vision Despicable Me UHD and it's not switching to DV.
    I can get Despicable Me in Dolby Vision through my VUDU code, and it looks good. (watched some of it)

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