Hands-on With Sony BRAVIA Internet Browser

Believe or not, but many 2011 Sony BRAVIA devices (TVs, Blu-ray players, etc) have a built-in web browser accessible through the updated XMB interface. This was not officially announced at CES 2011, but as you can see in our exclusive hands-on video that the browser was most certainly functional. According to our sources, the browser is HTML5/Java compliant, and is powered by a MIPS processor. We heard that one day it might be upgradeable to support flash, but no time table was given. Tabbed browsing is supported, and you can also utilize the TrackID service to identify which song is playing in the browser.

In our video of the BRAVIA Internet Browser, you can see that the test page loaded rather slowly. This is mostly due to the horrendous Internet speeds available in Las Vegas during CES 2011. Regardless, even on a diamond connection it wouldn’t be the fastest browsing experience because of the slow hardware, but this is still a nice option.

Browser settings are fairly basic, including adjustments for Character Size, Javascript Setup, Cookie Settings, and the option to delete all Cookies. There are also options for Bookmarks, Next/Previous Page, Stop, Refresh, Enter URL, Zoom, Open in New Window, Character Encoding, and Details. When you are entering in a website address, it can be a little slow as you have to do it through a T9 interface, using the remote’s numeral keys to enter in the letters.

BRAVIA Internet Browser should be available on products such as the HX929, HX820, NX720, HX729 televisions. We are still working to confirm compatibility on the EX series TVs and the various BDP-S series Blu-ray players.

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Jan 2011

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    Yeah! OPERA!

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  • Sosad2521

    internet browser  is very slowly  and   out of memory

  • h crawford

    Internet browser on a KDL-46ex720 slow and fails to load most site due to loss of memory – a sad reflextion on what could have been a great product

  • Alan Donnelly

    When does Sony intend to provide flash player 10 so we can watch video material on internet browser as not point calling it an internet browser if videos cannnot be watched.

  • Tdemir

    what is a browser without flash and java as in 46ex724?? just an old windows 3.xxx version internet explorer

  • Punch

    I view even view the sony web page.  I keep getting page to large and I don’t see any options for changing website or going to other sites

  • Punch

    I cannot view any web page; even the sony web page. I keep getting page to large and I don’t see any options for changing website or going to other sites

  • benzy

    Opera very frustrating, not able to run embedded videos, useless internet browser

  • Matt Williams

    My dad just got a brand new 32 inch Sony Bravia TV with the Opera browser and I am completely stunned by how useless it is. Even when you set the font size to large you have to be one foot from the screen to discern the fonts. Whoever shipped this product never used it. They never turned it on and tried to browse to a website. Aside from the impossibility of seeing websites using this browser, the Enter URL function makes you want to kill yourself. And the instruction manual that’s built in to the TV (no adequate paper instruction manual supplied) is a joke. The instructions for how to browse the Internet are so utterly devoid of detail your only hope is to try and figure out the unintuitive TV interface. If anyone can figure out how to change the homepage from the Sony Europe website then they’re a genius with too much time on their hands.
    What I see when I use the Internet on this TV is the same opportunity Apple saw when they started to compete against Nokia. The Nokia Symbian operating system was a joke, and it remains a pitiful joke to this day. A company that could have stayed at the leading edge of technology got lost. They stopped caring about how their customers struggled to use their products. They tried to force their customers to see the world the way they wanted them to. And their customers moved on. Apple showed people another way that a mobile phone might enhance their lives.

    Sony are in just the same trap. Their TV has an awful web experience that demands users learn a new and idiotic interface. It seems impossible to me that they ever sat users in a room, had them test their product, and then made changes so that it was intuitive. So that it worked.

    All I can say is that apparently Samsung make TVs now that have a good web interface, and Apple are working on TVs that are sure to work in a way that Bravia don’t.

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