Originally Posted by b curry
I believe the FMP-X1 is just a smart box with a hard disc drive in it. So outside of a removable plastic disc, it's more or less the same as what a 4K blu-ray HDCP 2.2 player might look like anyway. You down load to a HDD and then play from the HDD for the FMP-X1 vs. loading a plastic disc.
I wish you luck but I really don't see where Sony has a lot of risk here if they don't make the 1000es compliant with the FMP-X1. They never promised more than a 4K capable projector and they have in fact delivered one. I think they are guilty of selling a dream. Again, I hope they do make it compatible but I can see a scenario with limitations playing out here. It reminds me of the time I bought a new car only to find out after 12 months of ownership that there was a known, by the manufacture, design problem with the engine. I had to pay to have the engine rebuilt. I took them to court, I was going to show them. My court case netted me a 20% reimbursement of the engine rebuild cost from the manufacturer. The out of pocket attorney fees and court costs would have bought me two new engines. At the end of the day I had a 12 month old car with a rebuilt engine and less money than I started with when the problem first surfaced. Caveat emptor!
Do you own a 1000?
I find it hard to believe that a known car engine defect would not be completely covered by the manufacturer. I've had two cars bought back by manufacturers for lesser issues, no attorneys, no court.
Anyway, Sony stands to lose a bit if they don't do the right thing.
- people who bough this projector have money, and the dealers would be furious if their best customers were burned by Sony. Do you think any 1000 owner would buy a Sony product for some time, if ever if left hanging with a $25k unsupported device?
- you know there's more than one attorney who owns one, and would willing to start a class action suit if Sony opted to ignore this issue.
- bad PR matters to companies who have some intelligence...if 1000 owners are left hanging, there is sure to be press about it, and people considering Sony products may certainly wonder if they'd be the next to be left hanging for some future incompatibility.
I agree with Mark that there is no technical reason why it cannot be done. If they can do it for the flat panel, they can do it for the projectors. It's likely an input board and firmware.
And there really is no caveat emptor here...there are no explicit promises made for a lot a functionality for a lot of things - that doesn't mean there isn't a reasonable expectation that the product would offer certain functionality based on its specifications and features (ie, a 4k projector being able to play 4k content from the same manufacturer is a reasonable expectation).
I don't think the flat panels were advanced-marketed as being expressly compatible with the then-unannounced FMP-X1 player either. Both projector and flat panel owners would have equal and reasonable expectation that such a media player would work with devices made by the same manufacturer that are contemporaneous and are marketed as supporting the same fundamental capabilities (i.e. 4k input and image resolution)