Everyone needs to stop worrying.
I posted there would be no quick and easy solution. Joerod is finally onboard with this FACT. It has to do with content protection insisted upon by the Sony studio side. The media player will be limited and tagged to a particular Sony serial number and everything possible to prevent content stealing and distribution to any other display.
The masses here just don't seem to understand Sony is releasing free content through its media player solely for the purpose of stimulating Sony panel sales. 4K HT projectors are a tiny portion of Sony's business and are handled by a completely different division of Sony. Appropriate Sony personnel have assured dealers that Sony is working on a solution for providing server content to Sony 4K projector owners. This will require modifications to the projector and to the site for activating the media server. IMNSHO opinion this will require shipping the projector back to the Sony service center in Texas. That's my opinion and I doubt for reasons of practicality this will not be done in the field. Sony has repeatedly assured dealers that the projector input board will be upgraded for a fee to accept resolutions higher than 4096 x 2160 24 and 3840 x 2160 30 at bit lengths of at least 10. Timing for all this has not been established.
Re the upgrade of panels and large returns of the server, so what? No one wants to spend $499 until the box becomes compatible with their display. Of course, I suspect Sony will require ownership of the box before it sends a service technician out to upgrade a panel. I don't know most of this for certain in part because the whole situation is in flux. Its particularly in flux for our projectors. Whatever procedures are established will have to have high level Sony official sign offs. No new product manager or customer service people can not commit to anything specific at this point. This seems intuitively obvious to even the most casual of observers.
In essence what will be will be. Sony has been very good in taking care of its 1000ES projectors. Quickly replacing units with the slightest problem.
For what it is worth, I watched a dvd last night of a Vegas show by the winner four years back of America Has Talent. A guy who impersonates singers and does it primarily through puppets and ventriliguism (not spelled right). The show was great and the video quality upscaled by the Sony to 4HD was really good. I was surprised at how good it look because I mainly watch upscaled HD and blurays.
As to the head of Sony responding, everything has to be nailed done by all involved Sony divisions before he commits to anything specific I suspect.
The Sony studio is not there to give content away. The free stuff mostly has an early stage quality and I doubt one will want to watch it 2 years from now.Edited by mark haflich - 7/7/13 at 11:29am