Originally Posted by BrianMundt
I've been playing around with the FMP-X1 server for a few weeks because I purchased a 65" Sony X9 for my bedroom. I hate to say it, but I just sent the server back for a return.
In short, the quality wasn't great. Most of the 4K movies looked no different than their Blu-Ray counterparts (believe it or not, some looked worse), with the exception of Amazing Spiderman, which looked only marginally better on scenes with a lot of texture (i.e., Spidey's suit). Some of the shorts also looked decent, but not so mind-blowingly good that it would make a $500 server worth it.
Luckily, I had two X9s running side-by-side, as I also purchased a set for my parents, and was "testing" it before dropping it off at their place. On one set, I played the 4K movies on the X1, and on the other, I played a "Mastered in 4K" equivalent Blu-Ray. I asked a few people which they thought was 4K, and most couldn't tell. When you take a $35 digital download and stack it up against a $15-20 Blu-Ray with remarkably similar results, it's a hard sell. If the industry really wants 4K to take off, it'll have to do much better than what's on the X1...
As a self-confessed "videophile," I'd stick with Blu-Ray 99% of the time, if given an option, which says a lot. I'd hate to see what the "average" consumer would think.
They've also been very, very slow to add new movies to the service. As of last week, the only new release movies have been the new Evil Dead and After Earth. Evil Dead didn't look good at all, and After Earth was a crappy movie, so I didn't bother.
Another major drawback, as I mentioned above, was price. New releases are now $35 to buy, which seems to have gone up from the $30 they started with. TV episodes are a good deal though, and the first episode of Breaking Bad seemed a little sharper than my Blu-Rays, but again, not enough to warrant a full-season purchase.
The one good thing about the X1 was that it was very easy to setup. I had read horror stories about the player not working, even after the TV update, but it was smooth sailing for me. The download times weren't bad either.
Hopefully the service will come to the PS4. If it does, I might buy the occasional movie or TV show. But right now, I don't even think it's worth using an HDMI port. Oh well. Hopefully the service will improve with time.