Sony FMP-X1 4K Media Player to Use Eye IO Compression

With a new 4K Ultra HD series seeming to be announced almost every week recently, there is clearly a huge push from manufactures to get their 4K TVs out to the public.

But of course the public are still asking, and craving true native 4K content. Sony came to the rescue with their upcoming FMP-X1 4K media player, which is set for a summer launch at $699.

But since the Sony FMPX1 4K player was announced, very little has been known about it, apart from the fact that it will output native 4K movies! Today, thanks to Eye IO we have learned that the player will be using the their compression encoding technology on the device thanks to a new Sony licensing.

Sony FMP-X1

Sony FMP-X1

EyeIO say that their technology is being used for 4K video (3,840 x 2,160) encodings with support for extended color gamut (xvYCC). Their technology makes downloading / streaming on bandwidth-constrained connections easier, and also reduces the amount of storage space required on both the source server and clients device.

We’re still not 100% sure if you will be able to live stream on the Sony FMP-X1 or whether you will still need to pre-download the videos before you watch them. Eye IO’s press release say that they have been developing “breakthrough H.264 and H.265 solutions”, and we can only assume that their technology is based on the new 2.265 codec which provides compression roughly twice as good as h.264 while keeping the same image quality.

We’re looking forward to the summer when the FMP-X1 player is available, bring true 4K to the home!

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