Sony Bows 4K Ultra HD Video Player With Movies29 Nov, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The device, which is pre-loaded with 10 Sony movies, is bundled with 4K television
Sony Electronics Nov. 29 unveiled a Blu-ray Disc video player pre-loaded with movies enabling consumers to watch 4K resolution content on compatible televisions in the home.
4K is a new video resolution standard considered the next step beyond Blu-ray’s 1080p resolution.
Sony is bundling the 4K Ultra HD Video player as a loaner to consumers purchasing the manufacturer’s 84-inch 4K LED television (XBR-84X900). The player comes with 10 Sony Pictures movies in 4K resolution, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall (2012), The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Battle Los Angeles, The Other Guys, Bad Teacher, That's My Boy, Taxi Driver and The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Sony said the player up-converts Blu-ray movies to near 4K resolution, similar to what BD players do with standard-definition DVDs to near 1080p resolution.
In addition to movies, the video player comes pre-loaded with 4K video shorts, including Red Bull Media House’s exclusive 4K videos The Athlete Machine: Red Bull Kluge and four acoustic performances of songs from Red Bull Records' Heaven's Basement's new album, Filthy Empire. Additionally, Sony's 4K Ultra HD player is designed to be updated with additional 4K titles and video clips.
"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, president of Sony Pictures Technologies.