Mobile Devices

April 08, 2013

FMP-X1 4K Media Player from Sony Set for Summer Release

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2013 Event is going on this week in Las Vegas. At NAB 2013, Sony announced several of its new products. One product that it showed earlier this year at CES 2013 was the FMP-X1 4K media player. Sony also revealed the pricing for its new 4K Ultra HD TVs.

4K Ultra HD (UHD) TVs have a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is one of two resolutions for ultra-high definition TVs. The second one is 8K UHD, which has 7680 x 4320 pixels. The 4K UHD has twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format, having four times as many pixels overall. The term 4K refers to the horizontal resolution.

There is a reason that Sony has announced the pricing and release date for both its 55-inch and 65-inch 4K UHD LED TVs along with the FMP-X1 4K Media Player. Apparently to take advantage of the 4K UHD’s displays you will need have a media player that is capable of playing 4K media.

The FMP-X1 4K Media Player is scheduled to be available sometime during the summer. If you are interested in being the first on your block to have 4K resolution you had better start saving more than pennies before the beaches open. The Media Player comes with a price tag of $699.

Some good news and bad news on that front is that Sony will be bundling a hodgepodge of ten movies. Included in this collection is Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Salt, the remake of The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver, That’s My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and the remake of Total Recall.

Here is some more interesting news: Sony’s 55-inch 4K UHD TV will retail for $4,999, with the 65-inch model going for $6,999. That is a lot of pennies to be saving in a short time. According to Mike Lucas, Sony Electronics Home Division senior vice president, “These new models will be arriving in homes just before the summer and are sure to bring the enhanced viewing experience of 4K TV to a whole new audience. Our TVs deliver a vibrant and natural picture that is four times clearer than high definition. As for content, these new sets enhance all of the video people are watching today, and this summer our 4K media player, followed in the fall by the video distribution service will demonstrate how Sony continues to lead in bringing the 4K entertainment experience to viewers.”

On April 17, 2013 Sony will be working with the Tribeca Film Festival to promote its 4K video production among amateur and professional film makers. Sony is hoping to get a lot of film makers to support its 4K products.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey


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