redrays making one..thats our baby..wait..no deal for now..hey sonys out with one but geez its got some damn problems cause they are pushing the ole envelope on this stuff to be first and they should have waited another 6 months and now the what the hell crowd is in tears and we expect all apple all the time..well if youre pissed at sony buy a different 4k playe...oops..gulp..bingo! sue pioneer, sue denon, sue everyone who isn't giving you what you want, now. sorry for this rant but i am old enough to appreciate the rapid flow of all this incredible technology and dont mind waiting for more candy. if the sony doesent ever work with my 1000 i'll buy the one that does..
1) Redray isn't a company - it's the name of the product. The company who makes it is called RED. Jim Jannard is their CEO and he is known for making lots of promises years before he can deliver on them. For proof please look into the previously announced 4K laser projector. It's gotten them a very, very bad reputation in the business. This appears to be the model that Sony is copying lately.
The point is that you're not going to see a 4k media server from pioneer or LG or Sharp anytime soon - because this is principally going to be a content download service - and thus content deals have to be in place. So the fact that Sony is abandoning their own hardware is a big deal right now because they are the only game in town with the ability to distribute 4K material since they're the only electronics manufacturer with the means to also distribute content. The RedRay player ran into content distribution issues. So the Sony player is IT for right now - and the foreseeable future.
So yeah - that's a big deal when they decide to throw their 25,000 dollar 4K projector support out the window.
2) Sorry, but I think you're foolish if you think that it's as simple as purchasing another player that is compatible with the 1000es. If Sony is insisting on a different content protection scheme for their films then that means they will actively prevent all their content from being compatible with the projector (in it's current incarnation). They're going to insist that any piece of hardware that plays a Sony film will need to be mandated to use that DHCP. Otherwise why throw it on the Sony server to begin with?
So say goodbye to all library sony titles for the future because they won't play on the 1000es. I guess we need to get the "real 4K" projector when they announce it at CEDIA or whatever.
In my dealings with Sony Pictures, which is pretty much on a daily basis, they constantly talk about establishing "precedent". That means they pick one way of doing things and stick with it. So they're going to stick with this content protection scheme from here on out and this DRM is simply not compatible with your gear. So it's not a matter of which player you pick - it's about the studios themselves.
Finally, this isn't about a single server player - this is about an entire library of films. Potentially it is about multiple studios' libraries as well. The implications here are that your "4K Projector" is little more than a 4K upscaler for existing 1080p blu-rays. That's not a terrible thing - the projector produces a pretty picture for 1.8k material to be sure - but that's not what I was sold on with this piece of gear.