Los Angeles – Sony Electronics formally took “4K Ultra High Definition” to the next level Thursday by introducing the first 4K playback device supporting its newly released 84-inch LCD TV.
The new 4K Ultra HD Video Player is a hard-disk server that connects easily to Sony’s matching XBR-84X900 84-inch LED LCD TV, allowing consumers to view 4K resolution movies and short-form 4K videos.
The server and 84-inch 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV sets were scheduled to be officially unveiled and demonstrated at an invitation-only event with Sony recording artist John Legend here tonight.
Sony said it is making the device available as a bonus “loaned” – as the company put it - exclusively to U.S. customers purchasing the Sony 4K LED TV. The hard-disk server, which has been used for in-store demos of the company’s flagship 4K Ultra HD TV screen, comes loaded with content, including both full-length Hollywood features and a gallery of videos, creating the first true home 4K experience, Sony said.
Currently, the device is the only method consumers can use to play natively produced 4K Ultra HD content on the new high-resolution displays.
As a stand-alone unit, the Sony XBR-84X900 TV up-scales all video inputs, including the more than 7,000 Blu-ray Disc titles currently in distribution, to what Sony said is “a near-4K resolution” through the use of Sony’s proprietary 4K X-Reality PRO three-chip picture engine.
“Sony is a company of firsts, and this introduction of the first 4K technology platform continues that pioneering, innovative spirit,” stated Phil Molyneux, Sony Electronics president and COO. “We were the first to introduce 4K projectors to cinemas in 2005, the first to introduce a 4K projector designed for the home in 2011, and the first to offer a 4K up-scaling Blu-ray Disc player earlier this year. Now we’re the first to begin closing the content loop, offering native 4K content for the home and delivering the most immersive, awe-inspiring entertainment experience yet.”
As it has done with high-definition and 3D, Sony is looking to take the point for the consumer electronics industry in leading the way into the next new video format. Sony pointed out that “it is uniquely positioned to be first to market in delivering 4K Ultra HD solutions,” in its multiple roles a content producers, and consumer and professional equipment manufacturers.
Sony said its spin on the 4K Ultra HD Home Experience for the home includes its “84-inch 4K LED TV, the video player, and an Xperia Tablet S that serves as a remote control through an easy-to-use app.”
Content that comes preloaded on the 4K “Video Player” includes 4K versions of the following 10 full-length feature films:
• “The Amazing Spiderman”
• “Total Recall (2012)”
• “The Karate Kid (2010)”
• “Battle Los Angeles”
• “The Other Guys”
• “Bad Teacher”
• “That’s My Boy”
• “Taxi Driver”
• “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
Also on the 4K servers will be a gallery of 4K video shorts, including Red Bull Media House’s 4K videos “The Athlete Machine: Red Bull Kluge” and four acoustic performances of songs from Red Bull Records’ Heaven’s Basement’s new record, “Filthy Empire.”
Additionally, Sony’s 4K Ultra HD delivery solution will be updated with additional 4K titles and video clips, Sony said.
“Sony Pictures leads the industry in building a library of new releases and restored classics mastered in 4K, so it is both exciting and appropriate that we can provide the first 4K movies that consumers will be able to experience in their homes,” said Chris Cookson, Sony Pictures Technologies president in announcing the 4K server movie releases.
“Sony is committed to delivering the finest 4K Ultra HD entertainment experiences to customers,” added Mike Lucas, Sony Electronics home division senior VP. “The launch of the 4K Ultra HD Home Experience is another world first for Sony, and will wow consumers with 4K Ultra HD content. It’s a proof point of our leadership in all things 4K, and the first step in creating a full, complete 4K Ultra HD solution for the home.”