Originally Posted by Mike Garrett
I could be wrong, but I thought they promised that you would be able to play 4K BD movies on the VW1000. Also at that time, the only thing needed to be able to play 4K was HDCP 2.2. At the time the problem was lack of HDCP 2.2 and that has been provided. Now you want the full UHD BD spec? I would like HDR on my VW600, but I don't think that Sony owes it to me.
I recall Amy discussing compatibility as more about bandwidth and format (i.e. 4k60) and not about copy protection issues. Need to re-find the Screen Innovations video...
The branding of UHD and the associated spec didn't exist in 2012, so Sony couldn't have explicitly state that - but the point is more: what did Sony mean/intend by saying the 1000 was designed to be future-proofed regarding 4k playback in the home?
As others have mentioned, carrying the 1100 to a 1200 model (same chassis, same lens, and same format SXRD etc.) allows greater monetization of the original engineering and manufacturing of the platform, and helps maintain a greater differentiation than the $12k less-expensive 665. New logic board, even improved power-supply and SXRD in the same component format as the existing 1100 modules, would extend their investment with far less engineering and testing than a whole new platform.
I mean, maybe 5% of 1100 owners will look to be 5000 owners - at this pricing gap, there are really two different high end markets Sony is intending to cater to. But a 1200 upgrade kit to bring 18 gbps, new processing, HDR, and perhaps CMS/gamma calibration settings would likely be of interest to the other 95% of 1100 owners.
Come up with a board price with a fair profit margin built in ($1500, $2000, whatever) and a tiered labor fee based on region and/or method - $250 plus shipping to return to Sony in the US, or $400-600 for in-home upgrade depending upon location...I'm just pissing numbers in the wind, but I surmise something equitable could be calculated.
If the fear is they would be siphoning high end users away from turning to the 5000, I guess that's a question if my 5% estimate above is too low...But in many other ways, it seems a new 1200 and an upgrade to existing 1100 owners is at least a plausible scenario.