[CES 2009] Sony Debutes Integrated Networked Televisions

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Sony is bringing built-in, interactive entertainment directly to your television.

The company today announced the first new networked BRAVIA® LCD HDTV models with Internet applications called “widgets” that deliver real-time information, as well as streaming video capability via integrated BRAVIA Internet Video Link capability.

Sony’s new XBR9 and Z-series models feature an Ethernet connection, allowing the sets to directly access Sony BRAVIA Internet Video content using an existing broadband connection. The service offers one of the largest selections of free and premium movies, TV shows, sports, music and more from an array of partners like Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube®, Yahoo!®, Slacker(sm), and others.Bravia Internet Widgets, powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, expand and personalize the TV experience by adding on-screen applications that provide such real-time information as weather reports, stock ticker updates, financial news, Yahoo! Video, Flickr® images, and additional content.

“Internet-based content is driving the evolution of home entertainment,” said Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Home Products Division.  â€œOur new networked BRAVIA models deliver streaming videos, access to digital files, and real-time information that transforms the television into a true multimedia hub.”

The XBR9 and Z-series models are also Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) compliant, enabling easy access to digital photos, music and video stores on a PC or other DLNA server using the XMB® interface and the TV’s remote control.

Sony’s full HD 1920 x 1080 progressive (1080p) 52-inch KDL-52XBR9, 46-inch KDL-46XBR9 and 40-inch KDL-40XBR9 televisions (screen size measured diagonally) feature a wide color gamut cold cathode fluorescent light (WCG-CCFL) backlight providing a broader color palette.  This results in on-screen images with more vibrant, “life-like” colors.

            The XBR9 models also include Sony’s new Motionflowâ„¢ 240Hz technology, which delivers exceptionally crisp and detailed images with natural motion.  The Motionflow algorithm goes beyond traditional 120Hz technology by quadrupling the frame rate of conventional LCD TVs and interpolating three new frames..

The models also offer a USB input for displaying digital photos or playing digital video and audio files from a USB storage device.

            
    * The BRAVIA Engineâ„¢ 3
    * 24p True Cinemaâ„¢
    * XrossMediaBarâ„¢ (XMB)with enhanced 3D favorites Menu
    * Internet powered TV Guide Onscreen
    * BRAVIA Syncâ„¢
    * BRAVIA Link Compatible
    * 4 HDMI inputs
    * Single PC, component, composite and S-video inputs

Also new to the XBR line is the 32-inch KDL-32XBR9 (31.5 inch diagonal).  The full HD 1920 x 1080 progressive model features Motionflow 120Hz technology for improved sharpness and detail in fast-moving images.  This model also offers a USB input so you can play audio files from a USB storage device or connect a compatible digital camera to display photos.

Other features include:

    * The BRAVIA Engineâ„¢ 2
    * BRAVIA Sync
    * BRAVIA Link Compatible
    * 24p True Cinema
    * 4 HDMI inputs
    * Single PC, component, composite and S-video inputs
    * Favorites menu

The 32-inch KDL-32XBR9, along with larger XBR9 models, get Yahoo widgets.

Sony’s new Z-series models include the 52-inch KDL-52Z5100, 46-inch KDL-46Z5100, and 40-inch KDL-40Z5100 (screen size measured diagonally).  The models feature full HD 1920 x 1080 progressive resolution and Motionflow 240Hz technology.

Other features include:

    * The BRAVIA Engineâ„¢ 3
    * 24p True Cinema
    * XrossMediaBar (XMB) with enhanced 3D favorites Menu
    * Internet powered TV Guide Onscreen
    * BRAVIA Sync
    * BRAVIA Link Compatible
    * 4 HDMI inputs
    * Single PC, component, composite and S-video inputs

The XBR9 and Z-series models exceed Energy Star® 3.0 requirements with the assistance of Sony’s LightSensor™ technology and dynamic backlight control that helps save energy and reduce the user’s overall carbon footprint.

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