Sony FMP-X1 4K media player to arrive this summer for $699

By on April 8, 2013, 8:30 AM

If you’re in the market for one of Sony’s new 4K LED televisions then you’ll no doubt be interested in picking up the accompanying 4K media streaming box. The company announced pricing and availability for the FMP-X1 media player as well as two compatible televisions over the weekend and as you can imagine, none of the gear is cheap.

The 55-inch XBR-55X900A 4K Ultra HD LED television will set you back $4,999 while the larger 65-inch XBR-65X900A will retail for $6,999 beginning April 21 in stores and online. The media streamer will be available sometime this summer but unfortunately it won’t have access to Sony’s online 4K distribution service out of the box.

Instead, the FMP-X1 will come bundled with 10 feature films and some short videos to show off the 4K goodness. Included with your $699 purchase is Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kawi, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That’s My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall. The good news here is that several of these movies are actually quality films and not just some filler used for demonstration purposes.

Support for the aforementioned online 4K video distribution service will arrive in the fall. When it does, users will have complete access to a full catalog of 4K movies and shows, albeit for a fee. It’s unclear at this time whether Sony will employ some sort of subscription program or if users will have to purchase or rent films individually.




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ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

Ahaa, If I had this kind of money...

Alvaro Alvaro said:

Define "quality film" please.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

If they can get that 84 inch 4K screen below 10K I'll grab one of those and then this might be appealing.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It's sound very nice and all but I'll wait for 4k to become mainstream AND a drastic price reduction before I take any real interest.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Define "quality film" please.

Any film only you enjoyed.

ETF Soldier ETF Soldier said:

Define "quality film" please.

Quality film as in Hollywood Blockbusters not meagre little indie films that get 40/100 on metacritic.

Guest said:

Mmmm...Cinavia.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

I think 4k is the next step. Not this gimmicky 3D BS.

JC713 JC713 said:

I think 4k is the next step. Not this gimmicky 3D BS.

Then OLED. Then glasses free 3D. The 3D era we are in now is failing but for some reason they wanna continue to play that game.

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I think 4k is the next step. Not this gimmicky 3D BS.

Then OLED. Then glasses free 3D. The 3D era we are in now is failing but for some reason they wanna continue to play that game.

And they push passive 3D like it's an improvement! "Look, you can play split-screen games in full screen! We just scale up the picture and distort it, and you can see the other 'screen', but BUY ME!"

JC713 JC713 said:

Yup, basically.

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