Sony launches world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 
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Sony Launches World’s First 4K Ultra HD Video Download Service and Expands 4K Ultra HD TV Line

  • Sony continues to lead the 4K Ultra HD market with new products and services

NEW YORK — Sony Corporation today launched the Video Unlimited 4K service, the world’s first and only 4K Ultra HD video download service, with access to an expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows.

Beginning with a selection of more than 70 full length native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other notable production houses, Video Unlimited 4K will offer customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) for playback on Sony 4K Ultra HD televisions.

To coincide with the debut of the Video Unlimited 4K service, Sony today expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of the X850A series, available in 55- and 65-inch screens (models XBR-55X850A and XBR-65X850A). With four times the resolution of Full HD and Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display, the new X850A incorporates a slim bezel with an elegant design without the integrated magnetic fluid speaker system in the X900A series (models XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A) now on the market. This new design offers customers the flexibility of connecting to an existing or separate home theater system.

“We have been spearheading the advancement of 4K Ultra HD technology from the start, and have now reached another milestone as promised with the Video Unlimited 4K service going live,” said Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux. “Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs featuring our exclusive TRILUMINOS Display have been receiving amazing feedback and now we are bringing the most immersive entertainment experiences to new audiences right in their living rooms.”

About Video Unlimited 4K

Sony Entertainment Network’s Video Unlimited 4K download service is now live, offering feature films, movies, short-form videos and TV shows in native 4K Ultra HD resolution for download to consumers with a Sony Ultra HD Media Player and Sony 4K Ultra HD TV. Feature films and TV episodes have been prepared with the ultimate picture and surround sound quality in mind, carefully optimized for the best viewing experience. Over 70 feature films and TV shows are now available through the service, with a library of more than 100 expected to become available in 4K Ultra HD before the end of the year.

The Video Unlimited 4K download service is now accessible when using the Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) with Sony XBR-55X900 and XBR-65X900A Ultra HD TVs and the soon to be shipping XBR-55X850A and XBR-65X850A models.

About the Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1)

The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player is used to access, download, store and play back 4K content from the Video Unlimited 4K service. With a built-in 2TB hard drive, the FMP-X1 Media Player can store up to 50 feature films in native 4K resolution and uncompressed surround sound, with the ability to expand this by connecting an additional external USB hard drive available separately.

About Sony 4K Ultra HD LED TVs

Featuring four times the resolution of Full HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs have the highest resolution picture Sony has ever produced on a TV.

About Personal 4K Ultra HD Content

After pioneering 4K technology in the professional field and bringing it into consumers’ homes through televisions and films, Sony is now also applying the technology to personal video for the first time with its new 4K Handycam consumer camcorder (FDR-AX1). Consumers have been enjoying personal photos in 4K Ultra HD resolution and they can now capture their family memories in the highest resolution video quality available.

Sony to Support HDMI 2.0 Industry Standard

Sony is prepared to support the HDMI 2.0 specification on its line-up of 4K Ultra HD televisions with an easy firmware update to be available over the Internet by the end of this year.

Just released by the HDMI Forum, the HDMI 2.0 industry standard offers a significant increase in bandwidth, providing features such as life-like video resolution, making it ideal for fast-moving 4K Ultra HD 60p content such as sports.

New Sony High Definition Internet TV

In addition to the new 4K Ultra HD TV models, Sony today also added a 65-inch screen (model KDL-65W850A) to its W series of LED BRAVIA televisions for those looking for an amazing high definition experience.