Summer will see the 4K Media Player bring the UHD content home.
Just as Sony announced pricing and pre-orders for new more affordable 4K Ultra HD models, the issue of 4K content once again has reared its challenging head. Sony's current solution is the FMP-X1, which will be available this summer for $699.
The player comes bundled with ten UHD mastered films as well as some video shorts. The Sony mix of films included are '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). Unfortunately, the recently 4K remastered 'Lawrence of Arabia' is not part of the ten film bundle.
The player's key function will be to host and playback movies from Sony's new 4K distribution service, once it launches in the fall. Sony has yet to release specs for the device's capacity, prices and terms to download new films, or expected download times. Sony has also promised that owners of the XBR-84X900 will be available to exchange that model's included home server for the FMP-X1 once the distribution service launches.