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Living with 4K - Sony 4K Content

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 4 2014, 2:38pm

This article is a continuation of the “Living with 4K” series of articles.

As I mentioned on my previous article regarding 4K players, I started with the idea of testing Sony’s FMP-X1 4K player offered as part of the upgrade of my VPL-VW1000ES 4K projector (to the newer VPL-VW1100ES model), which was covered on the previous article, and also evaluating the quality of the 4K content available for download from Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K Service, covered on this article.


Over a year ago (March 2013) I performed my first review of 4K content using my own 4K projector and a server Sony’s used to demo 4K on trade shows such as CES and CEDIA that Sony made available for my review. Below is an excerpt from that article...

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Living with 4K - Sony 4K Players

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 3 2014, 2:22pm

This article is a continuation of the “Living with 4K” series of articles.

I started with the idea of testing Sony’s FMP-X1 4K player offered as part of the upgrade of my VPL-VW1000ES 4K projector (to the newer VPL-VW1100ES model), and also evaluating the quality of the 4K content available for download from Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K Service. This article covers 4K players and will be immediately followed by an article about 4K content.

However, a couple of weeks ago Nuvola confirmed the delivery of a review unit of their 4K player NP-1 (which I introduced on this article), and I plan to review their 4K content service as well, and compare with Sony’s 4K player and content, although the unit’s availability is being announced since May 29, 2013.

Additionally, Sony also announced the newer streaming/downloading FMP-X10 4K player that is now available to consumers for...

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HDTV Expert - 4K & UHDTV: Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends…

By Pete Putman • Aug 8 2014, 6:40pm

Samsung, Sony, and LG will partner with Best Buy on a 13-week consumer awareness campaign to increase interest in UHDTV and ultimately drive sales of 4K TVs.

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Living with 4K - Sony 4K Projector Upgrade

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jul 12 2014, 4:25am

On my previous article of the "Living with 4K" series I described the upgrade program Sony offers for their VPL-VW1000ES 4K projector ($24,999). This article covers the actual upgrade procedure, performance observations after the upgrade, and final comments about who may benefit in doing the upgrade and why.

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Living with 4K, Sony 4K Projector Upgrade Program

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 27 2014, 4:10pm

This article is a continuation of the "Living with 4K" series of articles I published on this magazine during the past two years, and is also a follow up of the last article regarding the subject of upgradeability of UHDTVs.

On that last article I highlighted the importance of selecting an upgradeable TV/Projector when choosing an UHDTV during these initial years of UHD introduction to consumers, due to the number of features from the standards that have not been implemented yet on the 4K/UHDTVs and on UHD content distribution channels (if they do), including pre-recorded physical media, such as 4K Blu-Ray, hopefully in the near future, with specs expected to be available by year end.

I also mentioned that Sony and Samsung were clear on their upgrade plans, while other manufacturers were more on the vague side, or issued unspecified promises, such as "we are looking into it".

To continue with the subject, this article is about the upgradeability of Sony's 4K two years old 4K proje ...

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HDTV Expert - Of Phablets and 4K

By Pete Putman • May 30 2014, 3:52pm

"Phablets" are turning out to be more popular with consumers that expected. So are 4K Ultra HD televisions.

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HDTV Expert - January’s TV is February’s Digital Sign

By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:41pm

A lot of the display-related excitement at January’s CES 2014 related to 4K, multi-touch panels, and gesture-related system control. A month later, and those same technologies were being featured in digital signage at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), also in Las Vegas. It’s impressive how quickly 4K migrated from television to signage. LG’s 105-inch Ultra […]

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Living with 4K – Bought an UHDTV? wait, is it Upgradeable?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 20 2014, 2:50pm

Your next question then would be “an upgrade to what and why?”

Unfortunately in most cases the upgrade may actually be a replacement of a short lived TV, depending who manufactured the UHDTV.

Over the past couple of years 4K displays and projectors were made available to consumers and, although market introduction is better than expected and prices are rapidly coming down, many journalists continuously discourage consumers with negativism, such as...

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Living with 4K - Nuvola 4K Player NP-1

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 4 2014, 4:45am

This article follows the series of articles of the “Living with 4K” topic, and 4K related products and subjects, including 4K content and 4K Blu-ray. Today is about a new 4K player that is just coming to the market, the Nuvola NP-1.

NanoTech Entertainment has confirmed product availability of their Nuvola NP-1 4K player that claims to be compatible with all UHDTVs regardless of brand, as opposed to the proprietary player/TV pairing setup Sony has done with their current 4K media player (FMP-X1) and their UHDTVs/4K Projectors, which limits their 4K media player connectivity to only Sony UHDTVs/4K Projectors.

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HDTV Expert - Mixed Signals about UHDTV

By Pete Putman • Nov 15 2013, 7:31pm

Earlier this week, there were a few 'coincidental' press events and trade shows, all in New York City or just across the river in New Jersey. And all of them featured discussions about or demonstrations of UHDTV technology.

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HDTV Expert - Who ARE Those Guys?

By Pete Putman • Sep 30 2013, 2:34pm

Chinese LCD TV manufacturers are quickly gaining ground on Korean TV heavyweights LG and Samsung — and they've used UHDTV, a barely-hatched technology, to do it.

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HDTV Expert - SMPTE Fall Technology Conference: UHDTV Symposium – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Sep 4 2013, 8:02pm

Next-Gen Image Formats: More, Better, or Faster Pixels? 21 October 2013 This one-day technical Symposium will provide you with an understanding of the technology landscape, separating fact from fiction. Presentation: “UHDTV: The Big Picture on Bigger Pictures”

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HDTV Expert - THX Certifies Up-converted 4K Television

By Ken Werner • Jul 25 2013, 8:20pm

The consumer television industry needs something new that will excite consumers and stimulate sales. 3D was a bust, OLED is struggling to raise its manufacturing yields out of the mud and bring its prices down from the stratosphere, and quantum-dot-enhanced color gamuts have yet to penetrate the consumer consciousness. But Ultra HD (or 4Kx2K, or [...]

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HDTV Expert - Seiki Introduces Bargain-Basement 4K-TV; Sharp Aims Higher

By Ken Werner • Jun 27 2013, 8:36pm

At CE Week, being held this week at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, Seiki introduced a 39-inch 4Kx2K (or 3840x 2160, or Ultra HD) TV set for the astounding MSRP of $699. The model is available for pre-order starting today (June 27) at www.sears.com, with other on-line and brick-and-mortar retailers to follow. Included with [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #585: Rec. 2020: UHD Decoded

By The HT Guys • May 31 2013, 6:16am

There's a lot of buzz in the home theater industry around the forthcoming Ultra High Definition, or UHD televisions, sometimes called 4K TVs. It turns out the UHDTV specification, often referred to simply as Rec. 2020, gives us quite a bit to be excited about, quite a bit more than just a bump in resolution. When we'll ever get content for it, or whether or not televisions will really be able to take advantage of it anytime soon remains to be seen. But the spec looks good.

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Sony Announces Price And Availability Of Its New XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2013, 1:59am

FMP-X1Sony Electronics is announcing prices and availability for its new 4K Ultra High Definition TV sets unveiled at CES in January. The new XBR-55X900A (55-inch) and XBR-65X900A (65-inch) 4K Ultra HD LED TVs will cost $4,999 and $6,999 respectively and are available for order online and at retail beginning April 21, 2013.

Sony is also announcing its 4K Media Player, the FMP-X1, and video distribution service – both industry firsts.

Starting today...

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Living with 4K - Here is the 4K Content

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Mar 10 2013, 2:25pm

As I mentioned in this article Sony announced at CES 2013 the near future availability of a 4K player and a 4K content distribution service, expected by mid 2013.

People that have a 4K display today will have to wait for 4K content to arrive in some form to show the potential of their 4K panel/projector, or use the TimeScapes nature video and suitable computer equipment (such as RAID hard drives and 4K video cards).

There are currently two Sony 4K servers that are used for demos...

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Living with 4K - Blu-ray Association Evaluating Adding 4K - How to see 4K now

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 15 2013, 11:10pm

In my last article of this Living with 4K series I mentioned the near future 4K download players introduced at CES 2013 by REDRay and Sony. I also discussed the issues to movie collectors regarding the possibility of having, or not, a 4K disc from Blu-ray or otherwise.

As I said in my other article, on the roundtables I participated about Blu-ray I always received a NO response when I asked the president of the Blu-ray Association, Mr. Andy Parsons, if the association was working on a 4K version of Blu-ray.

However, on a recent exchange with him last week Mr. Parsons shared with me better news about the possibility of 4K in Blu-ray...

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Living with 4K - No disc? The end of Collecting Movies?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 30 2013, 3:47pm

As mentioned in the previous article of this “Living with 4K” series two companies (Red and Sony) have announced their solution for playing 4K content on the new Ultra-HDTV displays introduced in 2012 and showed at CES 2013 in much larger selection by many manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, Hisense, Westinghouse, Vizio, and Radio Shack (just testing if you are paying attention).

One common denominator of these two companies is that their 4K players are not disc based, such as a new Blu-ray disc with larger capacity and more efficient compression for 4K could be, the units rather download, store, and playback 4K content using an Internet connection and an internal hard disc drive, like one would do using a computer.

Red’s 4K player is called, guess what?, Redray, with an MSRP of...

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Living with 4K - The REDRAY 4K Digital Cinema Player

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 28 2013, 4:53am

Yes I said "Redray", not "Blu-ray" 4K player. This is an update of my "Living with 4K - Part 2 - 4K Content, when?" article.

According to RED DIGITAL CINEMA, this 4K player is expected to be available by early 2013. I requested a unit for review back in December so this is just an introductory article, which I will continue with a full review when RED sends me a review unit.

I also plan to review the 4K media server Sony lends to new owners of new Sony 4K panels to display some 4K movies until the consumer market can supply it (see further below). The server is configured as a Dell computer CPU with recorded 4K movies, it comes in a big box with a bunch of accessories, including a tablet, 16-feet HDMI high-speed cable, etc. I will compare both media players using my 4K Sony projector.

The Redray player is not...