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Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player

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  • Hollywood hits in 4K Ultra HD only from Sony
  • Offers access to Video Unlimited, a library of 4K titles
  • Only compatible with Sony 55X900A and 65X900A 4K Ultra HD TVs
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight4.8 pounds
Product Dimensions9.8 x 9.8 x 2.1 inches
Item model numberFMPX1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00DBY5XNQ
Best Sellers Rank #40,692 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 1, 2013
  
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Product Description

Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player

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4K Ultra HD Media Player

Introducing the world’s first in-home media player to bring you hit Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD1. Four times clearer than HD, Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service allows you to rent or purchase feature films, TV shows, documentaries and more2. Plus, the 4K Ultra HD Media Player comes preloaded with over 50 free videos in 4K, and a free download of the summer blockbuster Elysium featuring Matt Damon and Jodi Foster.

4K Ultra HD Media Player

Technology

Movies four times clearer than HD
4K your way - Rent or buy
4K Ultra HD video service

Movies four times clearer than HD

Introducing the world’s first in-home media player to bring you hit Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD1. Four times clearer than HD, Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service allows you to rent or purchase feature films, TV shows, documentaries and more2. 4K Ultra HD films are created with four times the resolution of HD1, and expanded color depth.

4K your way - Rent or buy

In addition to the preloaded videos, feature films will be available to download for rent or purchase through the Video Unlimited 4K service. 24 hour rentals start at $7.99, and purchases start at $29.99. Choose from a collection of titles, including new releases, classic movies and TV episodes (purchase only)2, 4. 4K Ultra HD rentals will be available during the same time periods as DVD and Blu-ray rentals from other industry providers.

4K Ultra HD video service

Video Unlimited 4K is the world’s first and only network video service that gives you access to a regularly updated library of full-length feature films and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD right in your living room2. With over 100 titles to choose from, including some of this summer’s big hits, you’ll have a wide selection of choices to download for rent or purchase2, 4.br Bring the theatrical experience to the home with Ultra HD 4K movies. From classic favorites to the latest blockbusters, Sony's 4K Video Unlimited service and X1 media server bring the highest quality picture and sound into your living room. With four times the picture quality of regular high definition, the movies you love are now available to watch with the stunning clarity and big-screen impact they had in theaters.

Watch 4K right away
Movies and TV Shows Restored and Remastered
Maintaining the Look and Feel

Watch 4K right away

Start experiencing the game-changing resolution of 4K Ultra HD right away with over 50 free videos in 4K, including eye-popping short films, documentaries, music videos and sports videos. This collection showcases the immersive experience and fine detail that only 4K can deliver1. When you see the the full capabilities of end-to-end 4K video production, we think you'll agree - there's nothing else like it.

Movies and TV Shows Restored and Remastered

Overseen by the artists and technicians at Sony Pictures' Colorworks facility, the 4K movies and TV shows available via Sony's 4K Video Unlimited service are fully restored and/or remastered from original film or digital elements. The teams have worked diligently to restore classic favorites like Lawrence of Arabia with state-of-the-art technology and remain faithful to the filmmakers' intents, while also ensuring that the latest new release titles like Elysiumare given extra care to bring them from the theaters into the home in 4K. That care and skill also extended to TV episodes with the fan-favorite Breaking Bad, presenting the series in 4K for the first time, exclusively via Video Unlimited.

Maintaining the Look and Feel

Each movie has its own look and feel, especially when presented in 4K Ultra HD. The Sony Pictures team has worked to carefully maintain the original look and feel of each movie, just as the filmmakers originally intended. While newer movies are often shot digtially, older movies were shot on film, which, for example, can result in varying levels of grain. However, the preservation and presentation of that grain is very important to make those movies look just as they did in theaters...and not every movie is intended to look as smooth and new as Total Recall or The Amazing Spider-Man(). With film, the grain is an inherent part of the image and removing it would significantly decrease picture detail. Additionally, some filmmakers used this grain as part of their storytelling to give the movie a grittier, textured "feel" for the audience. 4K Ultra HD is an ideal way to remain true to the filmmakers' original intent and present movies in the home just as they were shown in theaters.

Additional Features

Store your 4K movies here

Movies downloaded from the Video Unlimited 4K service can be stored on the media player’s 2TB3 built-in hard drive. Store dozens of your favorite 4K Ultra HD movies, TV shows and short-form videos (approx. 45 full-length feature films3), or add even more space for movies and personal videos with an external drive (sold separately).

Compatibility

The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) is only compatible with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs. It is not compatible with 4K Ultra HD TVs from any other brand. A solution to ensure compatibility of Video Unlimited 4K with the VPL-VW1000ES 4K Projector will be available in the coming months.

1Actual panel resolution of XBR-X900A 4K Ultra HD TV is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (in 16:9 aspect ratio).
2The Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra Media Player is exclusively compatible with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs. Ethernet connection required. Fees may apply for Video Unlimited 4K service.
32 Terabytes equals approximately 2000 Gigabytes. Not all memory is user accessible. Storage of 45 movies is based on average movie file size of approximately 38 GB per movie. Individual movie and video file sizes vary.
4Download times will vary based on internet connection speed and bandwidth. Due to the large file size of videos in 4K Ultra HD, downloads may require several hours for completion. A broadband connection of at least 10Mbps is recommended for the best experience.
5Requires content created with xvYCC expanded color.
6This product is designed for the United States exclusively and does not work overseas.

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Customer Reviews

I said no thanks, I will just return it and wait for a better product from another manuf.
pete
You'd think that with only 2 4K TVs and 1 media player on the market that Sony could manage to be plug and play.
Lee
I call sony customer service because on the TV screen said to call Sony for Help so I did.
EdwinT

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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Tejada on July 29, 2013
Purchased directly from Sony at a megabucks price. Had to wait for a sloppy delivery, set up an appointment for new 65 4K TV upgrade and for two technicians that didn't know what they were doing and couldn't make it work. After several unanswered calls to Sony support, the 4k media player started working by itself. Worked for two weeks and now it doesn't work anymore. Sony is not help; they have the worst customer support ever. Sony doesn't support this product. You are on you own, don't buy it. I am returning mine. If you don't believe me, then try it yourself.

13 August 2013 UPDATE: After insisting on many different forms, a Sony support guy decided that they would replace my unit and proceeded to order it for me. He asked for my credit card to make sure that I was returning the original unit. He said I would get it in two to three days. I waited 5 days and called back. Every time you call they take you to three levels and put you on hold every time. Sometimes they disconnect your call and have to start all over again. Takes hours to talk to anyone. When I finally reached someone, he informed me they hadn't ship my unit, that they had changed their mind and that I had to send my old unit back first. I said no way and asked for a supervisor, of course, they hang up on me. Eventually, after many other failed attempts a guy agreed to send the replacement unit first. When I got it, the media player arrived inside a perfectly good box and surrounded with packaging "peanuts", however, the product package inside was clearly damaged on the outside, as well as the inside "eggshell" supposedly supporting and protecting the product, which says that they sipped to me an obviously damaged box inside a perfectly good larger box from an address in Laredo, TX. On purpose?
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By thalazy on July 26, 2013
I got my FMP-X1 hooked up to my XBR65x900a. I had to get my TV's HDMI 4 input board replaced in order to be able to use the device. The service was free and I will be getting a $100 sony gift card for my troubles, so no problems there. The player comes pre-loaded with 10 titles and many 4k video clips. The movies are a bit of a disappointment as some are the PG-13 versions and not the unrated versions. The movies look great but it won't wow you like the 4K video clips will. Watching the clips really makes you appreciate 4k. The great thing about the player is that it has two HDMI outputs, HDMI 1 goes from the media player to the TV (Cable included) and I used another HDMI cable I already had for the HDMI 2 port to my receiver. Make sure to go into setting on the player and select the right audio option and you'll be good to go.
It get's a 3 out of 5 because as we speak the 4K unlimited service is not out yet and is expected in the fall. I knew this buying it but still I cannot fully endorse it with a higher score until it is launched and I know more about the service. Sony has said they have at least 100 movies planned by the end of the year. The hard drive built in is 2TB and not sure how much is already used but it does have an USB port for an external hard drive for the future. You use your supplied Sony remote that came with your TV to interact with the player. The movies and clips are all pre-loaded so there is no downloading necessary and they movies play instantly, a plus is that no slow loading screens and waiting taking a few minutes like Blu-ray since it's on a hard drive. You will need to be hard wired to your router via ethernet to use, no wireless capability; keep that in mind. This player only works with Sony 4K TV's and currently only the 2 sizes of the XBRx900a's.
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I opened the box only to be greeted by a large insert card instructing to call Sony before attempting to install. Sony rep informed me that the unit cannot be used until my new Sony 4K TV (purchased two weeks ago) is serviced by a Sony technician. Apparently the HDMI ports need to be upgraded first. I set up my free upgrade for 7/19; but I am so disappointed that Amazon did not warn of this that I may just return it for a refund and cancel the upgrade until Sony and Amazon get their act together.

Update #1: I decided to return the unit for a refund. I still love my 4K TV... It makes everything look much better and blu-rays look unbelievable on the thing. But dismantling it from the wall and the having some tech do surgery on it just so I can see a handful of movies in true 4K is not worth the risk; especially when it costs me $700 for the privilege plus a day's pay, and there is no guarantee that Sony will actually deliver on the 4K video service. Can you say BETAMAX?

Update #2: The issues with this unit continue... After the upgrade necessary to use the Sony 4K Media Player, the HDMI-1 input no longer supports the "Mastered in 4K" option necessary to take full advantage of the new "Mastered in 4K" blu-ray discs. According to the Sony rep that I spoke with, this function is only available through the input HDMI-3 after the upgrade. I confirmed this with my neighbor's set up.

Normally this would not be a big issue, however, with the Sony 4K TV's the ARC (audio return channel) function is only available via the HDMI-1 input. In other words, the upgrade necessary to use the Sony 4K Media Player, for all intents and purposes, makes the ARC function unusable.
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