Sony FMP-X5 4K Media Player


4K video streaming is still a nascent technology. While newer Sony 4K TVs have built-in 4K streaming support, older ones (it sucks being an early adopter sometimes) don’t. The FMP-X5 4K Media Player adds HEVC/H.265 for smooth 4K streaming to the Sony Bravia KDL-84X9005, KD-65X9005A and KD-55X9005A 4K TVS via HDMI.

Worth mentioning is that Netflix is using the same HEVC/H.265 to stream select shows in 4K. If you own a 4K TV and want to see House of Cards in sharper-than-life resolution, you’ll need a 4K TV that can handle HEVC/H.265.

Price: $699 ($499 pre-order until 7/14/14)
Source: Sony

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