Updated 4/8/2013

Sony confirmed this week it will be shipping its 4K( UHD TV) media player now called the FMP-X1 at a retail price of $699. First announced at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, the FMP-X1 provide UHDTV owners access to true 3840 x 2160 content. It will come pre-loaded with 10 Sony picture titles. Sony also confirmed the pricing of its 55-inch XBR-55X900A at $4999 and the 65-inch XBR65X900A at $6999 as we reported weeks ago.

Sony also announced the list of initial pre-loaded 4K titles, when its 4K download service will begin, along with a features list and shipping date of its new XBR900A UHDTVs. The details are after the break.

The initial titles included with the purchase of the Sony FMP-X1UHD Media Player are: 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).

Sony’s fee based Internet download UHD content download service for the FMP-X1 will begin in the fall and will include additional titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios.

HD Guru asked Sony if like the 4K media server Sony lends to purchasers of its $25K 84-inch UHDTV, will its new FMP-X1 player will “marry” a single Sony UHD TV or will owners be able to use the player and service to play its 4K content on other current and  upcoming UHDTVs from LG, Toshiba, Samsung, Sharp and others. We will update this article if and when we get a response from Sony.

Update: The FMP-X1 can only be used with Sony UHDTVs,  and will not function with any other  brand UHDTV. However, you can use it with multiple Sony UHDTV models (one at a time). This was  confirmed by a Sony spokesperson.

In other UHD TV related news industry trade publication CE Daily reports Sharp plans to introduce its first UHD TV, a 70-inch model this August at a price in the $8000 range.

Sony also announced it began displaying the first 55 and 65-inch XBR900 models in six of its Sony Style stores today. They are located in Century City, Calif.; Costa Mesa, Calif.; Houston; Las Vegas; New York and Palo Alto, Calif.

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The main features of its Sony’s new UHD XBR TVs include:

  • Images become lifelike with a resolution of four-times that of Full HD TV (3840 x 2160) delivers lifelike images
  • All content is viewed at the highest resolution possible with enhanced images reaching near 4K with Sony’s proprietary two-chip 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine
  • All colors, including difficult blues, greens and reds, are delivered naturally and accurately through TRILUMINOS™ Display
  • An immersive picture draws in viewers with blacker blacks and excellent contrast produced with dynamic edge-lit, LED backlighting
  • Amazing sound from the integrated 65 Watt, front-facing, magnetic fluid speaker system complements the stunning picture
  • A cinematic experience is brought to life through Full HD 3D and passive glasses
  • Entertainment choices are endless with WiFi™ connectivity, including access to the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services

Pre-orders for these 4K UHD TVs begin April 21, 2013 at Sony Stores and select retailers nationwide.

Sony’s press release added “Beginning April 17, Sony will kick off a year-long partnership with The Tribeca Film Festival to promote 4K video production and distribution among amateur and professional film makers. During the festival in New York, Sony will showcase 4K technologies for use from lens to living room.”

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