Sony 4K Ultra HD TV to ship with 'world's first 4K Ultra HD delivery system'

30 Nov 2012

Sony 4K Ultra HD TV

UPDATE Sony USA has revealed details of the movies to be made available to buyers of its 84in 4K, sales of which started in the States this week. It's also indicated how users will be able to get further content in the future.

EXCLUSIVE: Sony 4K TV review

The films pre-loaded on the hard-disc media server to be provided with the $25,000 XBR-84X900 TV are:

- The Amazing Spiderman
- Bad Teacher
- Battle Los Angeles
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- The Karate Kid (2010 remake)
- The Other Guys
- Salt
- Taxi Driver
- That's My Boy
- Total Recall
(2012 remake)

Some bonus short features will also be supplied.

Although Sony says content delivery will 'evolve rapidly', for now the media server provided won't accept online downloads.

Instead the company says its 'Sony Concierge' service will either arrange with the customer to upgrade the server with content, or send such content to the user on BD-ROM discs for the customer to upgrade their own server.

Posted 20.11.12
Sony has announced what it claims is 'the world's first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution', which will ship with the launch of the Sony 84in 4K Ultra HD TV.

Customers who have bought Sony's 84in 4k TV in the US have been told that their TVs will come pre-loaded with native 4K content, including full-length Hollywood productions.

In a post on Sony's blog, spotted by The Verge, the company set about answering the issue of a lack of 4K content with the announcement of this content.

The XBR-84X9000, which is the US model name for the 84in 4K TV, which we know as the Sony KD-84X9005, is set to start shipping soon.

sony 4k tv

The Sony blog says, "In the next couple of weeks, the XBR-84X900 television will ship to customers who placed pre-orders since the product introduction in September.

As an extra bonus, included free with the purchase will be the world’s first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution, complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment. Not some goofy 4K content shot as a demo. I’m talking full length feature Hollywood productions, and available exclusively to purchasers of Sony’s 84" 4K Ultra HD TV."

The post goes on to say that more information will be released "some time after turkey day". 

There's no word on whether this US deal will translate to the UK, however, with Sony UK confirming to us that there was no information on such a deal in the UK as yet.

In the mean time, you can check out our hands-on review of the Sony KD-84X9005 4K Ultra HD TV.

by Joe Cox

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The Never Ending Story in 4k for me lol

Its the music at the end, gets me every time.

Who wants to buy another disc player?

Me! I can’t stand downloading all the time drive me nuts waiting, if we all had super broadband speeds and the money to pay for them, then great! But still like the physical disc in my hand and when I finished with the film then sell it on ebay.

If this is the future with download only rubbish then they can keep it as it means more price fixing on films, count me out.

This is a total waste on money, the main reason is almost every movie is in 2.39:1 (aka 2.40:1) aspect and this one is just the old plain and obsolete 16:9.

Projector FTW !

4k TV is still only a stop gap till 8k TV broadcast comes in 2019/20.Prototypes of 8k TV exist and is about one million quid if you can get someone to sell you one.

8k 2D TV means 3d will be buried permanantly is nearly dead now.

Ask NHK broadcast what the future is for realism TV and 3d is not on the cards

Those who seen an 8k TV in 2d at Espo shows do not even want irrevance

bigboss - All disc players will become obsolete i.e. the blu-ray will probably be the last physical format. Any new physical format will be doomed to fail. Who wants to buy another disc player? Yeah, thought so.

Technology will soon catch up to accommodate the higher capacity required, going by this 2010 news:

Of course, existing blu ray players will become obsolete.

A possible solution from Sony might be to put movies on multiple multiple layer BluRay discs, if one doesn't suffice. 

Oh dear! Those films all range from mediocre to terrible! Except Taxi Driver and Bridge OTRK... If you're spending that much on a telly you could at least expect Sony provide some good films to watch it on...

I'm more interested in hooking it up to play games. The 4k content is already there on some games and shouldn't be too hard to force other games to generate. Just a matter of the PC being able to keep up.

You are right, 4k material needs lots of storage space. Blu-ray discs just don't have the storage capability. I suspect  4 k (if it happens) will be streamed rather than put on a physical carrier such as a disc. Higher broadband speeds are a must, though.

I would happily pay £50 for a 4k2k movie downloadable to, for example, my NAS, or PC.

On the proviso that, it is available on cinema release day.

So in the future this should spell the end of Blu-ray and the physical medium of video playback.

Yes, you're right, 4K content does take up a huge amount of storage space. Will be intriguing to see what Sony's solution is.

It will be interesting to find out how they execute this, doesn't 4K content require a phenominal amount of storarge space? especially multiple 'productions'