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4K content on the XBR65x900 problems. Seeking solutions.
I have owned the set since December 2013. First let me say that nothing that I've seen playing from the X1 server has impressed me. I have not ordered any extra movies - just viewed a few of the 10 free that came with it. My personal impression is that 1080 upscaled on the TV looks as good or better. So, throwing out the movies for consideration, let's deal with other 4K content. The ports (USB and SD) on the X1 never were activated as promised. Instead Sony has just released a newer version, the X10, which they allow no credit for trade in of the X1. I am searching for a method to play my 4K video from a thumb drive. The USB port on the TV will read an exFAT drive, but will not play the 4K video stored on it. (Says "not supported.") I'm assuming that indicates the player app in the TV is unable to play 4K. So far the only way I've been able to play my edited 4k video is by hooking my computer via HDMI to the Sony set. I am using the FDR ax100 4k camcorder from Sony. Really high praise for this device, unlike for the TV itself. The 4k from it is as good or better than the 4K video Sony had playing as a demo when the TV was being sold in the store. By the way, the source of that 4K material is completely hidden from the customer and is not coming from the Sony servers being sold to the public.
So far, I've found no way to play 4K from a thumb drive on the TV. I even bought a device from Nanotech that is supposed to do it, and it turns out that the Android/Google system they use will neither recognize exfat drives nor play 4K video with the Android player on the device. Worse, the crazy interface on their remote just makes the cursor jump all over the screen and is a real pain to work with. They have said they will be sending and update to address the exfat 4K issue. I don't know about the interface problem.
So, does anyone have a solution for a device to play 4K video from a thumb drive (exfat) into the Sony TVs? It just doesn't seem it would be such an insurmountable problem, since my laptop will read exfat drives, play the 4K video from them, as well as play 4K video from YouTube.