Sony has just announced that they will begin offering movie downloads via their Video Unlimited service early this fall. Now, these aren’t just any movie downloads; they’re 4K movie downloads.
If you aren’t sure what that means, then you can hang your head in shame with me because I also was unaware until recently what this was. 4K, also called Ultra HD, is the next high-resolution video format for those who just aren’t satisfied with regular high-definition. The Ultra HD is achieved by doubling the pixel count, vertically and horizontally that increases the resolution by about 4 times the regular HD. Technology, right?
The first 4K TVs that were released were very, very large and very, very expensive, such as the 85-inch Samsung one priced at almost $40,000. As most things in the technology world, as time passes on, prices seem to decrease a bit now you can get a 55-inch 4K Ultra HDTV from Sony for about $5,000. Pocket change, basically. Sarcasm.
Now, before 4K TV owners could only obtain 4K content from Sony’s 4K media server (say 4K one more time.) which is given to users with pre-loaded content and can be manually updated through a hard-wire connection. With this new 4K (Said it.) downloading service, Sony will be the first in the world to have done something like this. The films are said to mostly be feature films from Sony Pictures and other short-form film from some other production houses.
The 4K Media Player itself will cost about $700, with a $200 discount for people already owning a 4K TV. That plus the fee of renting or buying the films where as a rental for 24 hours is currently priced at $7.99 and around $30 to buy the full film.