Sony Launches 4K Streaming Movie Service

sony-4k-media-player-0913Available only in the U.S., Sony’s new Video Unlimited 4K streaming video service requires a 4K media player, dubbed the FMP-X1, that lists for $700. But the media player not only streams 4K movies and TV shows, but it also has 2 TB of storage — enough to store 100 hours of 4K content. Rental prices range from $3.99 per TV show episode to $7.99 and  up for 4K movies. You can also buy a movie for unlimited watching for $29.99. Content available currently includes 70 movies (from Sony Pictures, of course), as well as some TV shows such as Breaking Bad.

Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K is the world’s first network video service with full-length feature films and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD and Sony says that there will be over 100 titles to choose from by the end of the year. But, one weird feature (or non-feature) is that the Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) is only compatible with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs?!? Huh?

Ports include one HDMI 2.0 port, an SD card slot and built-in Gigabit Ethernet. Here are the details.