4K Ultra HD Media Player
Recommended with your Sony 4K TV Purchase
Overall I am happy with my FMP-X1. After getting my TV upgraded everything has been working well. The only knock I can give the player currently is the response of the controls through the TV, I would guess this could get fixed at some point down the road with firmware updates. I would recommend getting this with your Sony 4K TV, it's worth the price to be able to see what the TV is capable of displaying, plus it's $200 off at the time of this review if you purchase a 55/65" 4K TV. The movies are just a fraction better than the Blu-Ray versions but the short films are breathtaking. I can't wait for the Video Unlimited 4k service to come online.
July 30, 2013
If u do not have a direct connection to your router via hardwire ur out of luck with this. My router is upstairs and unless I run a 50 ft line from my router to connect this box Im out of luck. I called support and they told me to call my cable company. This device is not wi-fi and u cant rig it! However I got this free with the TV I just bought. I'm really upset over this and thinking about sending TV back with the Media Player. No wonder most reviews I read about this device are bad!
April 14, 2014
I love the 4K player since day one
I have been using the device with 65 inch 4K since last summer. I find the storage and delivery to be perfect. I love how FAST the interface is ready when you press the one button on the remote. It is brilliant. Do not listen to the whining on this. This is exactly the way I want TV to work. (Next, Sony will produce a TV that can fully preserve cable/satellite settings for people who have no clue. You know, the provider changes something and the no-clue person must have help for a reset). Last summer there were issues with paying for movies. The system required ultra security for credit card. To get on with it, I had to pay in advance before I went shopping... and I hate it when I am periodically prompted for security codes. I have yet to try a simple charge it to my card purchase since all the fuss. Since I hate the commercial pay system required to fill a "wallet", I really want the credit card security perfected.
I have loved the free stuff and most of the movies that I bought. I love the quality of the old and the new. My favorite so far was "American Hustle." Spectacular 4k quality, plus the film is brilliant. The Clark Gable movie is fantastic in 4K. Other than security delays, I love everything about the player. Waiting for download is not a problem if you buy, ...if you rent, I would prefer a system that lets you download now and view at your convenience. I can see why one should pay up front for that privilege to wait to view. Just a month would do it for me. I don't want to download and have to view within a couple days. No one's schedule is protected enough for that.
I am filling up the player. I want Sony to suggest precisely how I should expand the capacity. Should I buy a hard disk from Sony? Should I wait for a specific new device that will include improvements? Please advise the first generation users Sony!
March 30, 2014
For what this device costs it's appealing how lousy the free content is. The device is slow, takes forever to download movies even on a hard wired 100mbps connection and, there is an overall lack of movies. As neat as it is to be able to watch 4k content, the library available to me can be watched in a month or two. Unless this device improves through updates etc I am considering it a complete waste of money. Sony, I'm sorry, this was not your best effort.
March 8, 2014