Times are changing in the world of TVs and HD, and increasingly everyday it looks like Sony are going to be leading the way to 4K.
Sony have just officially announced their 4K Media player at NAB 2013, the Sony FMP-X1, and a 4K video distribution service, both claimed to be industry firsts.
Plans for both were revealed at CES 2013 earlier in the year as seen in our Sony Booth Tour video, but Sony has now revealed more details and a price.
The Sony FMP-X1 4K Player will be available from this summer for $699, and in the fall, will give users access to a “fee-based” video distribution service offering a library of 4K movies, both from Sony Pictures, and other production houses.
The Sony FMP-X1 4K Player features a hard drive (unknown size), which comes pre-loaded with ten feature films, and shorts. Film include: Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That’s My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).
The FMPX1 can also play back videos from a USB device or SD memory card.
Sony’s 4K 84-Inch TV (view our hands on video here!) currently ships with a 4K home server, these can be exchanged with the Sony FMPX1 4K player to give access to the upcoming 4K video distribution service.
Along with their $25,000 84-inch 4K TV, Sony also has the Sony XBR-55X900A (55-inch) and Sony XBR-65X900A (65-inch) coming our way at much more reasonable prices $4,999 and $6,999, and confirmed that they will be available to order online from April 21, 2013.
Sony looks to be keeping one step ahead of LG and their 4K TVs, and with the desperate need for a 4K media player, Sony looks like they’re on their way to a winning product. We can’t wait to get our hands on the Sony FMP-X1 player and the rest of the 4K lineup.