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Sony's 4K TVs get priced

Sony has announced the official price and availability for its new XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs. The line includes the XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A, which have screen sizes of 55-inches and 65-inches respectively. While some other manufacturers have offered ultra HD television sets at prices ranging all the way up to $20,000 or more, Sony is actually offering “reasonable” prices, at least comparatively.

The 55-inch TV will sell for $4,995 with the 65-inch version going for $6,999. Both TVs will be available for pre-order on April 21, but the final shipping date is unannounced. Along with pricing and launch information for the TVs Sony is also unveiled its 4K Media Player called the FMP-X1. This device will deliver movies and video shorts in 4K resolution for $699. The media player will be available later this summer.

55" XBR-55X900A
The media streamer itself will come bundled with 10 feature-length films and users will be given access to a fee-based distribution service offering a library of titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios. The films that are included with the purchase include 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).

FMP-X1 4K Media Player

Sources: Sony [1], [2]

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RE: They are selling these at useless sizes
By FITCamaro on 4/8/2013 10:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
A 32" 1080p TV is also largely unnecessary at the standard viewing distances. 720p is fine. Didn't stop the largely phasing out of 720p TVs. It's all about people being able to say "I have a 4K TV". Nevermind they don't know what that really even means or that it will likely make standard definition content look even worse than it does on 1080p TVs.

By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 10:20:05 AM , Rating: 1
However that 32" screen at 4K would look fantastic attached to my workstation! If they can sell that for $1000 - they will OWN the high end display industry (assuming IPS or equivalent technology is used).

What is sad is that IBM released a 4K monitor over a decade ago. So much for progress.

By marvdmartian on 4/9/2013 7:58:27 AM , Rating: 1
THIS. It's more about bragging rights than anything else, with most people.

I've got a 1080P set, and will likely stick with that until one of two things happens:
1. it DIES
2. they come out with holographic, life-sized, 3D, HD projection. Think of R2D2 doing the Princess Leia projection, only full sized, and in HD quality. THAT will be worth upgrading to!!

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