Sorry, Seiki! Sony’s FMP-X1 4K Media Player is Brand-Locked

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Sony FMP-X1 4K Player and TV

Sony has begun shipping its new FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player this week, with the download service designed to deliver movies to the player scheduled to go live on July 8. Once the site is live, rentals will cost $7.99 for 24 hours of watching (and another 24 of downloading 50GB movies), or $29.99 to buy.

The great news? The FMP-X1 only costs $699. The not-so-great news? At least for those of you who bought one of those new Seiki TVs thinking you could get your 4K kicks from Sony? Just like Mitsubishi’s 3D DLP adapters, this baby is brand-licked to Sony’s 4K displays only. Luckily, the service itself isn’t, necessarily, as the the PlayStation 4 will support 4K video, and hypothetically at least eventually should be able to access the service without the restrictions of this box.

For a $699 pre-order from the Sony Style store, you get a hard drive of unspecified size (probably over a TB), the ability to add more space, and the following 10 movies out of the gate:

The Amazing Spider-Man
Bad Teacher, featuring Cameron Diaz
The Karate Kid, featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith
The Other Guys, featuring Will Farrell
Battle: Los Angeles
That’s My Boy, featuring Adam Sandler
Salt, featuring Angelina Jolie
Total Recall (2012)
Taxi Driver
The Bridge on the River Kwai

So if you’re lucky enough to have a one of Sony’s spanky new TVs, content salvation is almost upon you. While Lawrence of Arabia is sadly not yet available, you can be sure it’ll be hitting sooner rather than later.

Via: [Sony Style]

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