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Hopefully I'm not following this issue close enough but just learned that Sony (and others) have partnered up with Netflix to modify their "NEW" 2014 4k tvs with a decoder to decode Neftlix' 4k content soon to be transmitted via internet. Am I correct that my new tv is already outdated and won't be able to stream the 4k content from Netflix?
post #2 of 8
All of the 2013 4K TVs are early adopter experiments to some extent. This is part of what comes with technology on the bleeding edge rather than the cutting edge.

The only upgrade path any 4K TV owner really needs to care about as far as I'm concerned is HDMI 2.0, and your Sony will be firmware upgradeable for this standard.
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Sorry I'm ignorant about this stuff. Can you clarify for us new bees? Are you saying that a firmware upgrade at some point might do the trick and permit us to download netflix 4k movies......
post #4 of 8
This has already been discussed in the thread for your model:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1473062/official-sony-x9-xbr-55x900a-xbr-65x900a-owners-thread
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Originally Posted by cneo View Post

Hopefully I'm not following this issue close enough but just learned that Sony (and others) have partnered up with Netflix to modify their "NEW" 2014 4k tvs with a decoder to decode Neftlix' 4k content soon to be transmitted via internet. Am I correct that my new tv is already outdated and won't be able to stream the 4k content from Netflix?

They haven't received all the details yet but I doubt you need to worry long term about Netflix 4K. If the experiment works they will either update the firmware in the Roku units or new versions of the streaming boxes will have the 4K decoder options.

Your BIG problem is not Netflix, it's that the 2013 sets were all released pre-HDMI 2.0 which will become the standard for 4K transmission. I thought I read where Sony promised some kind of upgrade path for their 2013 4K set though so perhaps that will be available to you.
post #6 of 8
Netflix 4k is using h.265 as the codec.(otherwise known as HEVC). Most embedded systems need hardware support of a particular codec since they lack enough processing power to do the decoding in software. To my knowledge, hardware support of h.265 in SoC (system on chip) implementations is exceedingly recent.

So, it is unlikely that anything older is going to get 4k netflix support, firmware update or no. The device will lack the necessary hardware to do the decoding.

It all depends on the decoding chip in use in the TV. If it has h.265 support, it can be enabled through a firmware upgrade. If it does not, then not much is going to be able to be done to get it to decode h.265.
post #7 of 8
You'll be able to buy an external media player with HEVC decoding for Netflix and other services. You can relax.
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Originally Posted by benes View Post

You'll be able to buy an external media player with HEVC decoding for Netflix and other services. You can relax.

Agreed... except most likely only with an upgraded model.
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