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
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
Great expectations not fulfilled
What a disappointing product.
I got only one (1) free movie, Elysium. Apparently the offer of several free movies expired in December 2013.
I did get plenty of uninteresting 2-4 minute demo clips that are just taking up space.
For some reason, 1.7 TB out of 2 TB are in use, and I haven't downloaded anything yet. There is no indication how to specify what will be deleted when I want that space for some movies. All I can find is a trash can icon on each video. It will take a long time to manually delete the unwanted videos one at a time.
Movies are overpriced at around $30 to buy.
The $7 rentals must be viewed within 24 hours of purchase, and take hours to download, so you really need to plan ahead and plan precisely. This is really stupid. Give me 24 hours from the time I press Play!
So far, all the 4K videos I've viewed are in 16:9 format, so they don't fill my 2.35:1 projection screen.
And, of course, you only get the very limited selection that Sony offers.
The FMP-X1 could be great. The disappointments are not technical in nature; the hardware is fine. Sony could make this product better by improving movie selection, lowering purchase prices, and making the rental policy more liberal.
February 26, 2014
This is an expensive piece of hardware that I have added to my system. The preloaded films are from one to five minute glamor shots, worthless value. Each movie is about $30 and takes several hours to download. You are better off getting the 4K up-loader on a blue ray device. Very disappointed in Sony.
February 19, 2014