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Sony unveils 4k media player to support HEVC for older UHD TV models

Sony debuts a new 4k media player that brings support for new and common 4K formats to owners of older Bravia 4K TVs.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Thu, Apr 24 2014 1:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

If you are one of the folks that coughed up big money for one of the early models of Sony's 4K TVs, you might be bummed now to realize that streaming services like Netflix are using a format your set doesn't support. Sony is trying to fix that issue with the launch of a new streaming media player for 4K content that adds in support for HEVC.

Sony unveils 4k media player to support HEVC for older UHD TV models | TweakTown.com

Netflix is using HEVC H.265 for streaming its shows like House of Cards. Out of the box, Sony 4k sets before the recent 2014 models didn't support that format. The FMP-X5 media player brings support for that format to the older TVs. This is defiantly a product for early adopters since very little content is out there right now.

The media player will connect to the TV via a HDMI port. It's worth noting that Sony isn't offering this as a free upgrade or out of the goodness of its heart for early adopters of its TVs. The FMP-X5 sells for €399, which is pretty steep.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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