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LG wants the PS3 taken off store shelves

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2011

Lawsuits. It’s how large companies throw punches at each other. In the latest lawsuit news, LG has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to block the sale of PlayStation 3 consoles in the US due to a patent dispute.

According to LG, many of Sony’s BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players, and the PS3 itself infringes on four patents held by the Korean company. The complaints about the PS3 have to do with “a way of dealing with multiple data streams, such as different camera angles, as well as a system to reproduce data that’s stored on a read-only device.” If the ITC finds in LG’s favor, it does have the power to bar the PS3 from sale in the United States, though this is rarely enforced in such cases.

Sony announces 3 New BRAVIA TVs

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2011

Sony Japan has announced three new BRAVIA-branded TVs, and surprise, (Maybe not that much of a surprise) none of them support 3D. But these TVs do offer some nice features, like a 500GB hard drive and the ability to transfer content from the hard drive to external hard drives via USB.

That beats 3D in my book. The flagship model is the 40-inch KDL-40EX52H which features an LED edge-lit display with full HD resolution, a double digital TV tuner, Ethernet port, 10W x 2ch speakers and 3 HDMI ports. It’s priced at $1,800.

Sony offers BRAVIA TV with built-in PS2 console

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

Sony isn’t finished with the PS2 yet. The company has released a TV that features a built-in PS2 console. The Sony BRAVIA KDL-22PX300 offers a 22-inch display and a disc slot at the base for PS2 games and DVDs.

The games will only run in standard definition, but the TV itself is capable of supporting 720p and offers four HDMI ports, three USB sockets, a SCART socket, PC input and support for component cable. There’s also built-in Freeview and two Ethernet ports for online access to sites like YouTube. It’s available now for GBP200 (or $312).

Hulu Plus hits 2010 BRAVIA HDTVs and all PS3 users next week

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Hulu has just announced plans to get Hulu Plus stocked with even more content and onto more devices. All 2010 Sony BRAVIA HDTVs will now have access to the subscription programming service. This will spill over to Sony’s various Blu-ray players, home theater systems, network media players and other devices soon.

Hulu will also soon be removing the invite requirement to get Hulu Plus on the PlayStation 3. Next week, any PlayStation Network member will be able to get it.

Sony Bravia EX710 HDTV now available in Japan

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

The Sony Bravia EX710 is an update to the EX700 series. This new model features a smaller bezel for a more streamlined design and minimalist look. You get a 1920 x 1080p panel, edge-lit LED backlighting, and Motionflow 120Hz processing.

It also has a Presence Sensor that will automatically turn off the picture when you leave the room. That’s always good to save energy. Speaking of which, there’s also a zero-watt Energy Saving Switch and an Ambient Sensor that adjust the best brightness level for you.

Sony BX Series BRAVIA TV gets built-in 500GB HDD in Japan

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Sony Japan has released their first LCD TV with a built-in hard disk drive. The piano black BRAVIA BX series of LCD TV’s is known in the USA as the BX300 and is available in 32″ and 22″ models. But, the BX series recently debuted in Japan as the BX30H, available in 22″, 26″, and 32″ sizes.

And just because Japan likes to get things that we Yankees don’t have, They also have a 500GB HDD and are also available in white. Some other features include a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, CCFL backlighting, 720p HD resolution, 60hz, 24p True Cinema, BRAVIA Engine 2, BRAVIA Sync and other common video features.

Netflix now on internet-capable Sony BRAVIA sets

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2009

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA setsWell if you don’t have a home theater Netflix streaming option yet, but own an internet-connected Sony BRAVIA TV, Netflix just went live. Just as they promised back in July. You’ll be watching your favorite flicks in no time now.

All you have to do is apply the latest software update and you’re ready to go. What will it be? A drama? Action movie? Comedy? Comedy is PS3 owners having to use a “DVD” to get Netflix working on their console. Feel free to laugh at them.

Sony XDV-S700 Bravia 1Seg portable TV

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2009

Sony XDV-S700 Bravia 1Seg portable TVThe Sony Bravia line of TVs aren’t just all about huge TVs for your living room, they also want to help you with keeping things portable, with the XDV-S700. The XDV-S700 is the latest portable Bravia 1Seg TV that features a mere 5mm chassis with a 5” widescreen display that sports WQVGA resolution.

Other features include 2GB of Internal memory, an integrated FM and AM radio in case you get sick of TV, and double the reception sensitivity of older models. No info on pricing, but it shouldn’t be too bad.

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA sets

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA setsYou will now have access to Netflix on Sony’s line of Internet-ready Bravia TVs. Newer sets come with built-in support while older models will need the add-on Internet Video Link. You can Watch Instantly and stream movies or TV shows straight on your set, though we aren’t sure if the footage is in HD or not.

The update will be available later this fall alongside competing services already live for Sony’s TVs, including Amazon Video On Demand and Sony’s own movies. Sets already have access to non-commercial video services like Crackle, DailyMotion and YouTube as well as radio from Slacker.

Sony unveils 9.9mm thick and 240Hz TVs at CEDIA

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on September 4th, 2008

Sony KDL-52XBR7 TVI have never brought a TV based on how thin it was in profile. Once the set is on my entertainment center, how thick it is really doesn’t matter. I am more about the image quality and screen size. I could see a really thin TV being appealing if it was going to be wall mounted though.

Sony has announced a pair of new 1080p Bravia TVs at CEDIA that will suit those looking for thin and those looking for the best image quality. The Sony KLV-40ZX1M is one of the thinnest sets this side of an OLED screen at only 9.9mm thick. Sony says that is about the thickness of a DVD case. The TV is also very light for a 40-inch TV at only 26 pounds.

Sony introduces sweet new XBR HDTV line

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony XBR HDTVWhen it comes to LCD HDTVs Sony has some of the most popular sets on the market in its Bravia line. While LCD TVs and LCDs on notebooks share some of the same tech, notebook LCDs have been using LED backlighting for better picture quality and thinner profiles for a while now. The LED tech hasn’t been seen much in HDTVs until now.

Sony introduced seven new XBR HDTV models including models using TRILUMINOS LED backlighting and local dimming to provide better black levels and contrast. The TRILUMINOS LED system uses clusters of red, blue and green LEDs to produce improved color. The new models include screen sizes from 19 to 70-inches.

Sony Europe does up new BRAVIA LCD TVs

Posted in LCD by Nino Marchetti on April 1st, 2008

bravia-w4000.jpgSony Europe is treating its consumer base to a new BRAVIA television series which does full 1080p HD and offers an AVC-HD tuner. This series is called the BRAVIA W4000-Series.

The BRAVIA W4000-Series LCDs will reportedly range in size from 32- to 52-inches in screen diameter. You’ll get some reportedly really great images on your television with its BRAVIA ENGINE 2, 10-bit signal processing and 10-bit LCD panel. This will all bring you what Sony says is some 64 times more color.

Sony launches Bravia M1 series LCDs

Posted in LCD by Darrin Olson on February 21st, 2008

Sony Bravia M1 series LCD TVSony has just let loose two new and colorful Bravia LCDs towards the lower-end of the Bravia line. The new M1 series sports an array of different colorful frames availble bringing some light fun to the lineup of LCD HDTVs.

The two new models include the 20-inch KDL-20M1 and the 16-inch KDL-16M1 which both have just shy of 180 degree viewing angles at 178 and 1366 x 768 pixel displays. They also both contain 1080p HDMI inputs and the Bravia 2 video engine. The larger of the two houses two 5W speakers and has a 1,200:1 contrast ration while the smaller 16-inch model has a 1,800:1 contrast ratio and two 3W speakers.