Back in January, Sony Electronics was at CES in Las Vegas, talking up 4K possibilities and products. Now we have some new information, including product availability and pricing.
The company just spilled the goods for its 4K Ultra HD lineup for 2014, which includes three new lines of BRAVIA 4K TVs, a new 4K media player, and new 4K content options. Yes, there will be plenty of 4K content for your new 4K purchase!
First, we can expect a total of nine new 4K TVs, all of which will start shipping in June. Each one can deliver an eye-popping 4K resolution, using Sony’s X Reality PRO picture engine, the TRILUMINOS color spectrum, and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology. All of those goodies promise upscaling to 4K, a wide color palette, better brightness, deeper blacks, and more.
Besides that 4K image, Sony is also pumping up the sound of these new TVs with the company’s ClearAudio+ digital signal processing. For a little extra oomph, Sony is also making an optional wireless subwoofer (SWF-BR100) available.
Other features include support for HDMI 2.0 and MHL 3.0, as well as the option to tap into PlayStation Now games directly from the TV.
The flagship 4K line for 2014 is the XBR-X950B, which will be available in 65- and 85-inch screen sizes. These two TVs offer everything mentioned above, as well as an image boost via direct LED arrays, which are arranged in the backside of the panel. The 65-incher has an MSRP of $7,999, with the 85-inch model priced at $24,999.
Right in the middle is the XBR-X900B series, which has X-tended Dynamic Range technology with Edge LED arrays along the side, as well as the new “Wedge” form factor to fit in larger speakers. Available in 55-, 65- and 79-inch screen sizes, Sony has priced this line at $3,999, $4,999 and $8,999, respectively.
Last in Sony’s 2014 4K TV line is the XBR-X850B series, which Sony is billing as its “entry-level” line. This will include 49-, 55-, 65- and 70-inch models, which are priced at $2,099, $2,999, $3,999 and $5,499, respectively.
Once you have that 4K TV, you’ll want something to watch on it—something in 4K. Sony is introducing the 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10), which allows users to download, stream and store all sorts of 4K content. It only works with Sony’s 4K TV lineup, but offers access to Sony’s own Video Unlimited 4K service, as well as 4K from Netflix and more. The box also has 1TB of built-in storage and TRILUMINOS Color. Sony is still hoarding pricing information for this one, but it’s expected to ship sometime this summer.
About that 4K content, Sony says that its Video Unlimited 4K service now offers over 200 titles—all in full 4K resolution. Some of the new additions include American Hustle and The Monuments Men, but the company is also planning to add future titles, such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming Annie remake, when available. Also worth noting is that over 50 titles are currently available to consumers at no charge.
Sony says it will add access to 4K content from Netflix, when available. The company is also collaborating with FIFA to deliver three of the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches in 4K. The two will also work on producing the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Film in 4K, which will include a selection of games and the final match.
“We continue to be the only company that offers a complete line-up of consumer 4K products, including TVs, front projectors, cameras and camcorders, while also leading the industry in providing 4K content. Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TVs, 4K media player and new 4K content offerings continue to strengthen our growing ecosystem,” said Mike Fasulo, president at Sony Electronics. “We strongly believe 4K is the future for entertainment and we remain committed to leading the 4K movement, from lens to living room, in a way that only a company like Sony can.”
All three of the new 4K TV lines are now available for pre-order. Sony says that those sets should start shipping sometime in June.
Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player, the FMP-X10.
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