SONY 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) – BEST OF INNOVATIONS honoree in the
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The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player is used to access, download, store and play back 4K content from the Video Unlimited 4K service. With a built-in 2TB hard drive, the FMP-X1 Media Player can store up to 50 feature films in native 4K resolution and uncompressed surround sound, with the ability to expand this by connecting an additional external USB hard drive available separately. The player comes pre-loaded with 10 bonus feature films and video shorts that owners can watch immediately at no additional charge, including 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).
Amazon who? Netflix and YouTube continue to be the most-used video services in North America by a wide margin, according to Sandvine’s newest Global Internet Phenomena Report. The report shows that video streams from the two services together made up more than half of all peak residential North American downstream traffic in the month of September, while Hulu and Amazon together just account for three percent of all peak downstream traffic during the same time period.
Subscription video company Netflix Inc added 1.3 million customers to its U.S. streaming business during the quarter that ended in September, helping to boost earnings past analyst expectations to 52 cents per share.
Shares of Netflix, one of the year’s biggest gainers, jumped 10.6 percent in after-hours trading on the Nasdaq. Analysts on average had expected the company to report earnings of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
This year’s SMPTE focus on 4K/UHD is an engineering response to the buzz that the technology has been generating among consumers, broadcasters and equipment manufacturers. “If you attended the recent IBC expo, you will have seen UHD everywhere,” said Lange. “As the consumer electronics industry is pushing new UHD television units to consumers, the broadcast industry is looking at ways to create and then monetize content. So I think the industry is serious about it, though a lot of work still needs to take place before UHD becomes routine in every broadcasters’ plant.” – See more at: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/k/uhd-to-headline-smpte-/221776#sthash.kBlhg3vM.dpuf
Sony released a 4K movie store which fueled concerns about bandwidth caps on broadband connections. EyeIO is handling the encoding and, if what they showed me holds up, the concerns could be overblown.
Want to watch “Breaking Bad” in glorious Ultra HD, which offers four times the resolution of typical high-def? Today, getting the bleeding edge in home-video entertainment requires a pricier Sony 4K TV and media player — and users may run into bandwidth restrictions from their broadband service provider.
Sony, which is using compression technology from Palo Alto-based eyeIO, obviously thinks otherwise and believes that it has timed everything right — the bandwidth availability and compression technology are both ready for 4K content and screens.
Sony has developed the FMP-X1 4K media player to provide 4K content for its 4K UltraHD TVs and to cope with streaming 4K’s high bandwidth demands, the company has licensed EyeIO’s UltraHD compression encoding technology. “With our system, we can compress 4K video by 50 to 75 percent without any visible loss of quality,” said Rodolfo Vargas, CEO of EyeIO, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of video compression technology.
Now that consumers have proven uninterested in today’s 3D TV, the consumer electronics companies have turned to 4K Ultra-HD TV as the Next Big Thing that will trigger the new upgrade cycle.