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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: Hmm
By deathwombat on 4/8/2013 10:28:42 AM , Rating: 2
Um, nope. 4K UHD is defined as 3840x2160, so it's exactly 4x the pixels as 1080p. 8K UHD is defined as 7680x4320, or exactly 16x the pixels as 1080p.

RE: Hmm
By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 10:39:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, the standard is going to be QuadHD and not true 4K (which is even more letterboxy).

I can live with that. A direct scaling of existing 1080p content is a huge plus. Only the true movie-tech nerds would put that extra width to good use. Technically, a 4K display would have black bars on the sides when viewing ALL Blu-Ray. That isn't a good thing.

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