Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player

Sony has just announced the release of their first 4K Ultra HD Media Player. It’s slated to begin shipping around early July and will be priced at $699. You may wonder what you get for $699. Well, the Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD media player comes pre-loaded with 10 movies that are mastered in 4K Ultra HD and a variety of short 4K videos that showcase the new HD video format. The list of movies included are:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man™
  • Bad Teacher, featuring Cameron Diaz
  • The Karate Kid, featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith
  • The Other Guys, featuring Will Farrell
  • Battle: Los Angeles
  • That’s My Boy, featuring Adam Sandler
  • Salt, featuring Angelina Jolie
  • Total Recall 2012, featuring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

It’s curious that out of all the movies that Sony had to choose from, they felt that these were the ones most likely to entice consumers. Later this year Sony is planning on launching the first video service for 4K content called Video Unlimited 4K. The video service will give you the ability to download and store up to 2TB of movies and TV shows on the hard drive of the FMP-X1. Rentals for the video service are said to be priced at $7.99 and purchases will be slated at $29.99. So if you do the math the 10 movies that Sony’s giving you would cost you about $300 if you purchased them separately, but Sony’s giving them to you for free. The one caveat with Sony’s media player is that it’s only compatible with Sony’s 4K TV sets. It’s understandable that Sony’s trying to push sales of their 4K HD TV’s by doing this, but their also limiting market penetration of the new HD format as well.

More information can be found on Sony’s Site


Manufacturers Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687  Denon (201) 762-6665  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA

Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.comHarman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.comSamsung 1-800-SAMSUNG

Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.comSony (877) 865-SONY sony.comSharp USA 1-800-237-4277

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