Can any media player output 4k?

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    I have just bought one of the new 4k displays. I know there is no official media yet but if I wanted to show some of the demonstrations and apple 2160p trailers is there a media player out there that can play it?

    I am currently using a WDTV Hub.

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    For cheap boxes with 4k H.264 DRM free video;

    4K decoding and display support will be allegedly present in Amlogic M8 chipsets which power Android TV and linux/XBMC set top boxes, however that's a ways off probably the end of the year at most.

    4K decoding support is already present in Allwinner chipsets [another Android TV STB] but they don't do 4k display output so downscaled to 1080p.

    On a HTPC my info may be out of date but last I heard 4K support was not quite there yet in XBMC, it doesn't activate CPU multi-threaded decoding for 8-bit 4k video but does if it's 10-bit (GPU's cant decode 10-bit 4K video) so if your 4K media is 10-bit you need a strong CPU. Not entirely sure on GPU decoding 8-bit 4K video either in XBMC, seems it's suggested to stick to CPU decoding.
     

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