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Sony deploys 4K video download store only compatible with Sony gear

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013

New service requires Sony 4k television, FMP-X1 media player

Alongside its other releases, Sonytoday launched the Video Unlimited 4K service, the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, with access to a small but expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows. Beginning with a selection of more than 70 full-length, native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows, Video Unlimited 4K will offer customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player for playback on Ultra HD televisions. 

Available now on the service is the TV series Breaking Bad, as well as upscaled or remastered movies including Moneyball, Think Like A Man, Premium Rush, Ghostbusters, The Amazing Spider-Man, Funny Girl, and The Guns of Navarone. The cost for TV episodes is $4 per episode, while feature films start at $8 for a 24-hour rental, or $30 for a purchase. Select purchased titles include an UltraViolet digital version of the movie or TV show for use on other platforms.

The FMP-X1 digital media player required to use the service comes pre-loaded with 10 bonus feature films and video shorts that owners can watch immediately at no additional charge, including Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012). The FMP-X1 Media Player is exclusively compatible with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs and available for $699, or $499 if purchased together with a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV.

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