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Lack of 4K encoded content could inhibit the take up of 4K TV so Sony has addressed this with a stylish video player.

It is handy that Sony owns a movie production house so naturally its releases feature ten classic, and not so classic, titles in the US$699 price. Sony’s web page is here.

•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, featuring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale

•Taxi Driver

•The Bridge on the River Kwai

The device has 2TB storage and Ethernet and USB 3.0 to expand that. We don’t know if it will only work with Sony 4K TV’s – we expect not.

4K, UHD in case you don’t know is the next big thing and is typically 3840 x 2160 resolution, 8.3 megapixel, at either 24 or 30 frames per second and is called 2160p. It is visibly different to HD (1920 x 1080) and the smaller pixel size allows for closer viewing and near reality (until 8K 7680 x 4320 or 33.2 megapixels comes). 4K can be downscaled to HD and vice versa.

File sizes will be huge. HEVC heavily compressed hour-long video will be about 30-50GB so a typical movie will be 100GB or more. 4K compression and data transfer rates are beyond most current video processor units although the Xbox One, NVidia Tegra 4 and SnapDragon 800 are supposed to handle it.

More of an issue will be internet download limits – these need to increase if they are to deliver 4K video on demand.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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