Sony 4K Movie Service To Launch
Sony seems to be taking the lead when it comes to 4K / Ultra HD.
Along with LG, Sony were one of the first to release a 4K TV, the 84-Inch Sony XBR-84X900, and since then at CES 2013, they have announced two smaller models, the 65-inch Sony XBR-65X900, and 55-inchXBR-55X900.
But to sell these 4K HDTV, there needs to be a source of 4K content, and Sony knows this.
Sony have already hinted that they’re getting into the 4K movie content distribution somehow or other. Currently their Sony XBR-84X900 ships with a 4K media server, and in our Sony CES 2013 video they touch on the idea of Internet distribution of 4K content.
Sony Electronics President, Phil Molyneux said in a recent interview with The Verge, that “I promise you will not be disappointed” when asked if their 4K capable PlayStation 4 would support the upcoming 4K movie service.
Phil Molyneux also said, typical 4K movies would be “100 gigabtyes and plus” and said that the file size and average broadband speeds are “challenges that we have to work through.. we’ve got some very good ideas that will make that a comfortable consumer experience.”. He also mentioned how they are experimenting with new H.265 / HEVC codecs which will lead to a reduction in file size.
Sony didn’t rule out the option of physical media, such as blu-ray discs, but it looks like the future is an Internet connected one. Games can currently be downloaded overnight on the PS3, and I’m sure with the PS4 this could be an option when it comes to 4K movies.
Sony expects to launch the “world’s first” 4K movie distribution service this summer in the US. We have no word on other regions just yet. It is expected to be supported on the PS4 and their 4K TVs.