Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player Launched & Video Unlimited 4K

If you own a 4K Ultra HD TV or have been thinking of buying one, I’m sure you have been following Sony’s FMP-X1 Ultra HD Media Player very closely, just as we have been.

The Sony FMP-X1 4K player was unveiled recently, and today it has been official launched in the USA for $699. The $699 price tag will get you the 4K player, and also a collection of ten 4K movies. But if you’re lucky enough to own Sony’s 84-inch 4K TV, Sony will be sending you one of these for free.

Also, early buyers of the X9 series of 4K TVs (55-inch, 65-inch) will receive a $200 discount.

The official launch date of the FMPX1 is July 15th, but Sony’s official site lists a shipping date earlier of “07/08/2013”. It is important to note that the player will only work with Sony’s 4K TVs, and not any of their competitors, so unfortunately you won’t be able to plug this beauty into anything else but a Sony product.

The Sony FMP-X1 is already up for pre-order on Amazon for $698.

Sony FMP-X1

Sony FMP-X1

It features a 2 TB hard drive to store the movies on, but it can also playback files from USB devices and SD cards.

Video Unlimited 4K

If you’re thinking beyond those ten included 4K movies, Sony has you covered. They will also be launching their “Video Unlimited 4K” service that allows you to both rent and buy 4K movies and TV episodes.

You can rent a 4K movie for 24 hours for $7.99, and buy them for $29.99.

Sony says that with a 10 Mbit/s Internet connection, they estimate that it will take about 10 hours to download a 2 hour 4k movie. So don’t get your hopes up about streaming 4K movies live just yet.

I’m curious as to what will happen as users buy more movies, as the 2TB drive surely won’t be big enough to store too many movies, so maybe they will be stored in the “cloud” and downloaded as the user requests them, but with a ten hour download time, this will have to be done the night before.

While Sony didn’t officially announce it in this press release, we have heard previously that they will be using Eye IO Compression (h.265).

Sony has also announced that Sony video Unlimited 4K will be available on the PlayStation 4!

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