Sony Introduces Ultra-High-Definition Video Player
LOS ANGELES - "The Amazing Spiderman," ’’Taxi Driver" and "The Karate Kid" are getting some real resolution.
The new, restored and rebooted films from Sony Pictures are among the content coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony’s first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.
"People ask the question, ’Do I need to get a bigger house to fit an 84-inch TV?’" said Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies. "The answer is that 25 inches was right for standard definition; 50 inches was right for high-def; and 84 inches is right now that we’re going ultra-high-def."
Ultra HD is widely regarded as the next evolution in TV technology, but there’s currently a lack of content that takes advantage of the vast resolution, though Ultra HD sets are equipped to upscale lower resolution video. Sony Corp. is hoping to overcome that pitfall that with this new player.
The Japanese electronics giant debuted the hard-disc server - hidden in a cabinet underneath the behemoth television - at a posh invite-only party Thursday at a private mansion in Santa Monica that featured a performance by John Legend.
The video player will include 4K content such as short films, concerts and 10 feature-length movies, including "The Other Guys," ’’Salt" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai."