Sony’s “End Target” For OLED: The Rollable Large-Screen TV

(picture from an official Sony website)

One of the most tantalizing technologies Sony has experimented with is OLED. Sony has teased the world many times with OLED concept products, including the flexible Walkman, Reader, and VAIO OLED shown at CES 2009. They also showed off a nifty little bendable OLED display at the show. Last May, Sony showed their latest R&D stunner with an incredible rollable OLED display that could roll up around the circumference of a pen.

The reason I remind you of all this is really for something that isn’t discussed too often, but is an eventual reality: The Sony rollable large-screen TV.

Start salivating.

In an interview found on Sony Semiconductor & LCD news, there is some interesting revelations about Sony’s “end target” for OLED. Kazumasa Nomoto, Ph.D, a Chief Distinguished Researcher/Genaral Manager at Sony Corporation actually is really clear about what the company is working towards:

Our end target is a rollable large-screen TV. The time will come when the very idea that an enormous black box (TV) was ever placed in rooms will seem strange.

Sign me up.

Unfortunately, they don’t give a time table as to when we can expect these rollable OLED displays. How crazy would it be able to bring the big screen with you where ever you want? What’s interesting is in that picture from Sony’s site (above) it also has noise icons near the rollable TV indicating audio output. So I wouldn’t even need a speaker system? I wonder how good that would be. I guess it would just have 5GHz (or higher) Wi-Fi for everything else, including video, just like some current and past models have now.

If I had to really guess, would we see a product like this next year, or 2012? Doubtful. 5 years? Can’t be 10. I think 5. Maybe less? Hard to tell.

The interview is full of gems that give you a behind the scenes feel.

There is some chatter about how the PSP was an inspiration for display size and specifications in those various prototypes. And sometimes, the interactions during development got heated. It’s humorous to imagine a heated situation in the place they create this technology, but it does happen.

Nomoto: We also had the PSP size as our target. And the display we developed has specifications that are very close to PSP. To have an even greater impact, we aimed at a level that would succeed as an actual product. At that time, however, a resolution of 121 ppi in an OTFT-OLED display was a specification that was impossible for everyone working in this area worldwide.

Iwao Yagi, Ph.D (FD Section 2/Sony Corporation): One problem was that when multiple layers were stacked on a flexible substrate, since stretching and shrinking could occur, if the pattern was too fine it would become impossible to align the features in different layers. Our arguments as to whether or not this would be possible almost turned into fights.

Achieving higher PPI was a priority for the team, and Dr. Kobayashi was pushed to dump pentacene (organic semiconductor material), and use a new PXX derivative high-performance semiconductor material. The difference between penacene (left) and PXX (right) is shown below.

The PXX derivative took time to create, though, and in the interview Kobayashi (Ph.D/Organic Electronics Research Group Sony Corporation) gives you an idea why it took five years.

How much time did you spend developing the new material, the “PXX derivative”?

Kobayashi: Getting it to the point that everyone could use it took 5 years. The most important aspect was stability. In the basic research phase, if you make 100 devices and one produces good data, you have succeeded. But if you try to make actually transistors with that material, when you make 100 devices, all 100 must have the same characteristics.

Nomoto: Not only that, but just because you can make transistors doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels. You have to form a protective layer, the pixel electrodes, and the emission layer on top of the transistor. They will be subject to heat and various solvents.

Kobayashi: The greatest feature of this new material is, perhaps, that it can survive these stresses and after making it through, continue to exhibit its abilities. If you look at the molecular structure, it is just a sequence of hexagonal benzene rings, but properties are radically different from those of previous organic semiconductor materials.

The interview goes on about the PXX derivative, and then discusses the unique challenges of co-operating between the device and material groups. Nomoto seems optimistic.

Nomoto: These two technologies, materials and devices, are two equal pillars that support this project. While it appears that there are still people who doubt that organic materials can be used in these sorts of devices, we have the strong impression that they definitely can, both in the devices themselves and in a printing process. We will be doing our best to create products that give Sony an overwhelming lead in this area; you can count on it.

02
Jan 2011
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Screenshots From Music Unlimited Powered By Qriocity

Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity, is a cloud-based music service by Sony that allows consumers to access millions of songs for a small subscription fee. Major labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music as well as leading independent labels and major publishers worldwide are on board for a combined initial offering of over six million songs (with promise to expand over time).

Content can be played on a variety of devices, including “Sony’s 2010 (and surely 2011) models of network-enabled BRAVIA TV, Blu-ray Disc player, Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system as well as VAIO and other personal computers. It will also become available on a wide range of Sony’s portable devices, as well as on Android-based mobile devices and other portable devices.”

Music Unlimited sure seems like an interesting alternative to Pandora and other streaming solutions, but then again it isn’t free. Hard to tell if it can beat my trusty Wunderradio, though.

Prices are reasonable, coming in with Basic (£3.99 in the U.K. and 3.99 Euros in Ireland) and Premium (£9.99 in the U.K. and 9.99 Euros in Ireland) options. There’s a load of features in the premium service, such as Top 100 channels for many genres, personal playlists, ability to listen to songs on-demand, and more. It also adapts to your listening habits and offers better music through analyzing your collection, ratings, and so forth.

The service is currently only available in the UK and Ireland, but will come to the USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and New Zealand “during 2011.” I would image it will be all over CES 2011.

We have some high resolution screenshots of Qriocity Music Unlimited courtesy of Sony global press. I think the images are worth looking at (in addition to our initial coverage of the Music Unlimited launch) and show how the service looks on the PS3, BRAVIA devices, and even the player built on their website, music.qriocity.com.

The Music Unlimited interface for web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc) look pretty polished for its first version. You can see here in the channel view a rather coherant interface. Controls are at the top, including repeat or random options, and the ability to like/dislike. I would like to see larger, easier to use like/dislike buttons. Other controls include volume, search, previous track, next track and pause. Below that is the album art, and recommendations as well as Music Sync, which allows you to add your music collection and listen across all supported devices. Nice.

Then we have the channel listing itself, where you see a varity of genres, including tabs for premium, genre, SensMe, and Era. I love the option of Era, that means you will see channels such as 1940, 1950, 1960, etc..

Then there is the interface for BRAVIA products such as TV’s, Blu-ray players, home theater systems, etc which is not as glamorous as the PS3 version, but is functional across the board. The interface is consistent with the Qriocity Video service. I like the “How It Works” touch..

The channel listing in Music Unlimited for BRAVIA Devices.

Here is a stunning (and resized) 1080P grab of Music Unlimited’s album view for PS3, which is also displaying high resolution album covers and an excellent looking, easy to use interface. This would be nice to have on for a party.

The following image is a taste of the menus in Music Unlimited full of gloss and reflection in the PS3 version.

The Music Unlimited channel selection screen on the PS3, showing many genres. We can see already thatt they will have Jazz, Rock, Dance & House, Pop, Latin, Blues, Punk, Electronic, Alternative, Rap, R&B, Reggae, Classical, and New Age just like the website.

30
Dec 2010
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Reuters: US Consumers Shrug Off 3D, Internet TVs

REUTERS – Fancy new features like 3D screens and Internet connectivity have failed to inspire U.S. television shoppers, dashing a hoped-for recovery in the global consumer electronics industry. Manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung and Sharp are learning that features such as razor-thin LED TVs are just not enough for television sales to stage a comeback in the United States.

On Tuesday, Best Buy Chief Executive Brian Dunn told analysts that sales of 3D TVs had fallen behind industry expectations.

“There was confusion about 3D early (on),” Dunn said. “It was a little short on content.”

The largest U.S. electronics chain cut its full-year profit forecast, and its disappointing results put pressure on shares of Best Buy and other electronics companies.

“The stock got killed today,” said Frank Ingarra, a co-portfolio manager of Hennessy Funds, which holds 32,000 shares of Best Buy. The retailer’s shares dropped nearly 15 percent on Tuesday to close at $35.52.

Despite a better-than-expected performance by U.S. retailers in November, consumers are holding off on big-ticket purchases like TVs with the latest bells and whistles. Consumer electronics executives say TV sales will improve once more 3D content becomes available next year and when consumers start recording their own content on 3D-enabled camcorders.

“Just like how high-definition TV started in sports and movies, as 3D evolves, it will go with sports and movies and then become more of an everyday thing,” Jay Vandenbree, head of home entertainment at LG Electronics, said in an interview.

For now, investors are demanding to know why retailers aggressively pushed a new generation of TVs after many consumers had just upgraded to their first flat-screen sets this year.

“People don’t understand the added benefit of 3D,” Ingarra said. “When you get into $2,000 TVs, you start thinking: ‘At what point do I really need this, and is it going to make my viewing experience that much better?’”

Consumers are also put off by the need to purchase expensive 3D glasses to go along with the new TVs, said NPD analyst Ross Rubin. The picture quality of some shows produced in 3D has also made some viewers queasy.

“If the 3D content hasn’t been produced well — if it has been aggressive on certain kinds of effects — that can result in discomfort for viewers,” Rubin said.

This holiday, consumers are more interested in buying TVs with bigger screens, rather than pricier ones with more features, Rubin said. Sales of TVs with Google TV software, which lets viewers surf the Web directly from TV sets, were also hurt as consumers realized they could find the same services, like movie service Netflix, elsewhere.

“People can also buy lower-priced alternatives to connected TVs, be it video game players, Blu-ray players or Apple TV.”

14
Dec 2010
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Sony Speeds Up LCD 3DTVs Past 3ms

Sony has created “Hybrid FPA” (field-induced photo-reactive alignment) technology, a new method that gives faster response time for LCD 3DTVs and other displays. Response times of less than 3ms have been achieved in test cells, which is getting closer to the Plasma/OLED response time of .001ms. Fast LCD’s are already available now, but real pros know that low ms (millisecond) LCD displays are few and far between, especially when 3D and MotionFlow is going.

Hybrid FPA also promises ‘product stability’ during the display panel manufacturing process as well as after long-term use. Further benefits include reducing the manufacturing process and time.

This technology will be presented on December 2nd at IDW ’10 (International Display Workshops), a display technology conference to be held in Fukuoka City, Japan from December 1 to 3. Sony is jointly developing alignment layer materials with JSR Corporation.

Here is more information from Sony:

Sony previously developed the “FPA 1″ high-speed liquid crystal response alignment technique based on vertical alignment (VA) liquid crystal modes. One method for improving liquid crystal response time is to generate pre-tilt of the liquid crystal molecules. “FPA” technique uses the alignment layer developed by Sony and maintains pre-tilt of liquid crystal molecules by irradiating UV while applying voltage in manufacturing process. This facilitates the stable and even alignment of the liquid crystal molecules, thus achieving improvements in both liquid crystal response time and the contrast ratio. In addition, this has made it possible to eradicate the Mura (uniformity problem) in the display as well as to eliminate the ‘sticking image’ that can occur after long-term use.

“Hybrid FPA” technology builds on this momentum and has achieved an even faster liquid crystal response time by maintained the pre-tilt on just one side of the substrate alignment layer (see illustration). Furthermore, this new technology has succeeded in facilitating drastic improvements in liquid crystal response time, especially faster movement of liquid crystal molecule when decreasing the voltage which was previously difficult to achieve, as well as higher contrast.

08
Dec 2010
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The Sony PlayStation 2 LCD HDTV

In an interesting tale of convergence, Sony Europe has dropped a £199 HD (720p) 22″ LCD HDTV that has a built in PlayStation 2 and DVD drive. Despite its small size, the small display has four HDMI ports, an ethernet connection, and Freeview tuner. The list goes on with three USB inputs, twin optical digital outputs, SCART, VGA and component ports. Another interesting aspect is the BRAVIA Internet Video capability, which is accessible via its two ethernet connections, or via a Wi-Fi USB adapter (UWABR100) sold by Sony. It has access to YouTube, Lovefilm, plus many other high quality content.

And of course there’s the fact you can play your PS2 discs on this TV. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? Gran Turismo 4? The package comes with a PS2 controller, too. That is pretty a pretty feature packed television for £199. Apparently the KDL-22PX300 is sold exclusively at UK retailer Richer Sounds, but its entirely possible this TV will be available elsewhere in due time.

07
Dec 2010
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Hulu Plus Is Live, Coming To Sony PS3, HDTV’s, Networked Devices

Hulu Plus (which just exited private beta and went public today) is progressively becoming available for many Sony devices that have the BRAVIA Internet Video platform. The popular video website is making a rapid expansion onto hardware to follow suit with Netflix, who has profited greatly from device integration. Sony is bringing the $9.99 a month streaming Hulu Plus TV subscription service to all of its 2010 networked Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theater Systems, SNP-N100 Network Media Player and the Dash.

Next week, Hulu Plus will also be available for all PlayStation 3′s, giving more than forty million gamers the opportunity to try out legalized streaming TV on their PS3. The combination of Netflix and Hulu Plus, at 9.99 each, could be the $20 bill that can could one day kill cable/satellite. Sony is also touting the fact that the PS3 will have Hulu Plus before the XBOX360, which is not slated to have the service until early next year.

Will Hulu Plus take off? It’s hard to tell – the content is great, relevant, and high quality, but even the paid $9.99 service still has advertisements.

Regardless, Sony is pulling out all the stops by piling on dozens of content providers into their machines. I feel that Sony has stepped up their game in the last year with IPTV, recognizing the value proposition, and taking a lead in some instances. It’s pretty amazing that Hulu Plus, Qriocity (Video/Music), and Bravia Internet Video are coming to PS3′s very soon, which gives the PS3 access to all of that great content, but also Netflix, the PlayStation Video store, etc.

We’ve pinged one of our contacts with specifics as to when and what Sony devices are getting Hulu Plus. Here’s what he said is compatible so far:

Any TV compatible with the old BIVL (BRAVIA Internet Video Link) box and all of our 2010 connected BRAVIA models including –

LX900, HX909, HX800, NX800, NX810, NX700, NX710, EX700, EX710…

04
Nov 2010
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Sony Remote Control RM-KZ1 Just For Kids

You know how it is: you have kids and from time to time you fight over who gets to change the channel or listen to Pandora on your Sony TV. Most of the times, a toddler gets hold of a remote control for a few minutes and you may spend hours looking for it later on. Well, Sony rushed to a solution and brought forth a kiddie remote control RM-KZ1 pictured above. The manufacturer included some nice touches to its functionality aimed at kids such as it is splash proof and featuring locked down battery and programming compartments, it has also a “volume limiting” feature which disables the volume to be changed +/- 3 steps within half a minute. Not a bad toy, wouldn’t you agree? Back in the 80s Sony used to have a whole line of products devoted to children and was marketed under he term My First Sony selling Walkman, tape players outfitted with microphones, and lots of other colorful devices you would never think Sony would make. It was a great idea and sold well.

I also spotted another kid related product in the form of headphones – MDR-222KD available in pink or black colors. Most headphones don’t fit children comfortably. The MDR-222KD headphones were designed with a child’s head in mind. This allows the child to comfortably wear the headphones without strain that full sized headphones might cause as well as fit that eliminates the need to constantly adjust the headphones.

Both the remote control and the headphones can be picked up at Target for under $20.

20
Oct 2010
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Hands-on Review With The Sony Internet TV (Google TV)

There is something special about the Google TV experience when you first use it. It kinda hits you when you are able to surf any website and use picture in picture mode with a TV show in the lower right portion of a full screen Chrome browser. Finally, a real Internet surfing experience on the TV.

The television itself represents something that I feel is Sony’s original goal years ago of making that truly networked device. It also has a great deal of software upgrade potential. The Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV, runs on really nothing more than an incredible modification to Android – in fact, we spotted it was running a customized version of Android 2.1. Sony’s take on Google TV felt quite polished, but not bulletproof.

And then there’s that remote with nearly 100 buttons that we have to talk about.

First, we must say the Sony Internet TV is an eye-catcher at first glance. This display isn’t similar to anything Sony has released in the US market in recent memory. The design is almost tablet like in some ways, with a rounded black bezel in the front and a smooth, glossy white surface on the back. There is a unique 24″ (NSX-24GT1, $599) model and the standard 32″ (NSX-32GT1, $799), 40″ (NSX-40GT1, $999), and 46″ (NSX-46GT1, $1,399) sizes available. In our observations, the viewing experience is crisp and clear with great colors (Bravia Engine 2, or perhaps 3..we will clarify) in the larger models with Edge-Lit LED-LCD. The viewing experience reminded me of the EX600 series in some ways. I wouldn’t say the EX700, since that has 120hz, but I am still on the fence. Most people would be happy with the picture, I believe.

Take a look at our hands-on video with the Sony Internet TV, its remote, and surfing around, playing various flash (regular, HD) videos, using picture-in-picture (we like to call it TV-in-browser), some Apps, and more:

There are some reflective qualities in the LCD, but it wasn’t anything horrible. I think you can see the worst of it in our video, where the 24″ model easily reflects the high-intensity lighting in the SonyStyle store, which is rather unforgiving. I could only see the reflective ability being irritating in certain situations with the 24″ model, and as I said before I had a better experience with the larger Edge-Lit LED-LCD models that were mounted on the wall or at least away from so much angled lighting. The reason why I address this is because some people have said viewing angles are not that great with these models, but in actuality I think that problem only really exists with the 24″ version. CCFL LCD panels have traditionally lower viewing angles than Edge-Lit(or Backlit) LED-LCD panels. If viewing angle issues are a problem, then you may want to take a look at a 32″ or larger.

Regardless, this TV will look very nice in most situations.

Lets be realistic for a second – the display options have some quirks that may upset the high-end enthusiast. The 24″ is a 60hz CCFL LCD, and the other sizes are 60hz Edge-Lit LED/LCD panels. I watched football, HD clips and other content for a while and felt that it handled motion quite well. It’s not 120hz, but its very good 60hz. If the quality of the screen still doesn’t satisfy you, Sony actually makes an Internet TV box, a standalone device with rich connectivity priced (white with a cool flat black glossy top) at $399 that has the same Google TV software and hardware found in the Internet TV, but also has an integrated a Blu-ray Player.

The most powerful thing about the television is none of those things, though, but more or less the fact it has a 1.2GHz Intel CE4100 processor inside, 8GB of storage, Android 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports, a full version of Google Chrome with full Flash (10.1)/Java compatibility, and the ability to play great, smooth looking 1080p video. Speaker sound quality and loudness for the 32″ – 46″ models is better than average with 20W, but the 24″ model may not impress as much at 10W total output.

As for the Software, it feels very polished for its first version. Google had a while to figure everything out though – it runs a version of Android that is based off the software used in mobile phones and mostly easy to pick up if you have some sort of technical know-how. Applications include CNBC Real-Time, Gallery (which is a great Picasa interface, or can read from USB), Google Chrome, Help Guide, Media Player (which can also play content from one of the four USB ports on the TV), Napster, Twitter, Facebook, NBA Game Time, Netflix, On/Off Timer, Pandora, Qriocity, and Settings. I’m more than sure that an App Store of some kind is also on the way.

Once I learned how to get around on the remote, I couldn’t stop exploring and discovering more and more new things. I also began to realize the vast upgrade potential of this device. In fact, you can even check for updates. Here is the complete settings Menu in the Sony Internet TV. This may be a little boring to some people, but to others this demonstrates just how much effort went into the first version – we go over nearly ever setting. A very revealing video of the TV’s functionality, and a must-see for anyone truly interested:

I was slightly surprised there wasn’t more of a custom Sony feel to the UI, such as a skin or theme. Bring in some of the Sony Ericsson guys and have them make this look mint. The real Menu is white text merely on a black, semi-transparent background that is still dapper.


(click to enlarge)

The remote. There are a million things I could say about the remote. Before I start, I give the remote a nice long look in the video so please check that out. This is a really complex (IR) remote – there is a full QWERTY keyboard and 88 buttons. Typing went well in my tests, and I was able to gain speed as I kept using it. It’s somewhat like a weird hybrid of a PS3 controller, with two grooves for your hands in the back. Aside from two D-Pads, there are quite a few short-cut keys for things such as TV controls, Guide, DVR, Channel, Volume, etc, but the real action plays out when you hit the Home button (the Up button on the top right D-Pad). Unfortunately, the Home button is quite small on the remote and not really emphasized enough. There are also two buttons on the back of the device, like the L buttons on a PS3 controller. They control Zoom and a very handy Scroll feature, which is essential in surfing long websites.

Moving the cursor around is pretty cool, but not flawless. You simply run your finger over the D-Pad on the upper right. No joystick, just brush your hand in the direction you want to go. It wasn’t super accurate, and sometimes would stutter, but still better than average. I wonder what it would have been like with a joystick, though. The fact that the TV also has four USB ports makes me wonder what other options are available, such as a Logitech keyboard or whatnot. I liked the remote, and if I had to rate it I would give it a 7 out of 10. Needed improvements include button emphasis (larger, or different colors for the important stuff), joystick, etc.

As I said before, the real action begins in Home, where you can access Bookmarks, Applications, Spotlight, Most Visited, Queue, What’s On, and Sony Recommends. Here’s a little break-down of the not so obvious.

  • Spotlight is major content partners like blip.tv, CNET, Crackle, HBO Go, NYT, The Onion, VEVO, YouTube Leanback, etc.
  • Queue is quite interesting, it is actually reserved for Podcasts..of any kind, I’m pretty sure of as well.
  • What’s On is the dynamic TV guide overlay with categories, search, etc shown off for Google TV. I know this works very well with Satellite, but I am not sure how well this integrates with cable. You can still access the Guide normally with cable, it just looks even better with certain providers.

There is a lot of regular and HD content to watch on the Sony Internet TV, not only from the included providers such as Netflix, Qriocity, etc, but because you can also stream media over your network with the built-in Wi-Fi. If that isn’t good enough, any website with Flash, Java, and other video (SD/HD) can be played in the Google Chrome browser (also in full screen). Flash games work too, and it even has Parental Controls.

This picture demonstrates another idea – the Internet TV has many uses, but is a great option for a family that wants to get kids learning tech quickly and have more control over the experience. How so? You can put the Internet TV in the family room. This could be a device that keeps families together after work and school by keeping kids from locking up in their own room or the office. And if your teen, tween, or younger is using the computer too much or you are unsure what they are doing on it, this could really help keep them a little more nearby. Maybe have a night where the family hangs out and surfs around.

The Sony Internet TV could be the perfect TV for the bedroom, because the aesthetics are great, the picture quality is more than satisfactory, also it also has many of the things you would want to check out on the computer. Could be perfect for those nights where you and your loved one are cuddling and want to surf around. Or, perhaps a lazy Saturday/Sunday morning and afternoon surfing and watching football games. Another cool use could simply be as a PC computer monitor. It has HDMI In, which many modern graphics cards support. You can also plug in a Blu-ray player, PS3, or other other device with the HDMI and Component inputs.

Could you potentially just have this, an Internet connection, and no TV service provider therefore shed the monthly bill? I think this is the closest Sony has come in successfully answering that riddle, but they have also created something that is an incredible compliment to those that do have cable or satellite service.

You can try out the Sony Internet TV at SonyStyle and other major electronic stores. It’s worth looking at.

20
Oct 2010
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Sony Internet TV & Sony Internet Blu-ray Player Revealed at NYC Event

Today was a big day for Sony – the launch of their first TV with a full Internet browsing experience. The newly redesigned SonyStyle.com homepage revealed all the juicy information regarding Sony Internet TV line up and Sony Internet Blu-ray player NSZ-GT1.

Both TV and the blu-ray player come with a very handy PS3 controller-inspired remote control (NSG-MR1) featuring QWERTY keyboard and ability to control other Sony devices (AMP, BD, TV). The TV line up as we reported earlier consists of 4 models (24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″) and its core OS is based on Android and come 2011 a flood of all kinds of Apps will be available from the Marketplace.

Currently Sony Internet TVs are preloaded with popular apps like Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, Sony’s owned Qriocity, Twitter and many others. Multitasking while watching TV is a major feature which Sony calls Dual View allowing you to watch live TV in a smaller window while you can fire up the Chrome browser or any other app to check on the latest score or tweet about your experience. It’s interesting to note that Sony pioneered a similar feature in its Locationfree products LF-X1/5/11 where you could browse the net (on a very limited basis though) and have a small window open with the content which can be dragged around the screen of the portable TV tablet.

All Sony Internet TVs will share the following features:

  • Google TV built-in Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Download apps from Android Market (coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Four HDMI inputs

Sony Internet Blu-ray disc player  NSZ-GT1 looks pretty impressive and will be a great add on for those of you who do not wish to buy yet another TV as the BD player shares all the same features above except it has 2 HDMI inputs/outputs and will transform your current HDTV into full fledged Google TV! I have pre-ordered one and will give it a spin hopefully this coming Monday. I am really surprised that the Blu-ray player does not include support or any mentioning of 3D playback. So we may assume that another gen of Sony Internet TVs and blu-ray players in 2011 will be adding that feature that Sony is pushing.

Sony will be aggressive in its marketing and has released its first commercial which you can view below.

Another nice surprise is Sony Internet TV products will be available at local SonyStyle stores this weekend and are also available for pre-orders at SonyStyle.com. Best Buy will be selling these at the end of the month on or around October 24th.

Read the whole press release here and navigate through SonyStyle.com to learn more about these exciting newcomers!

13
Oct 2010
POSTED BY Stan M
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Sony Google TV Pricing Correction

Several days ago we posted a story about sizing and pricing information for the upcoming family of Sony Internet/Google TV’s set for launch on October 12th. The story was based on what we thought was a bulletproof source that had the MSRP’s clearly listed. When Stan (our co-editor who wrote the original post) showed me the source, I told him the information was a slam dunk and to get the post out as soon as possible.

We stand by our original reporting of model numbers and sizes, which include four options – NSX-24GT1 (24′), NSX-32GT1 (32′), NSX-40GT1 (40′), and NSX-46GT1 (46′). The news spread like wildfire, and appeared all over the Internet. Several sources have come forward to us after our story with a pricing correction. Unfortunately, our original price quotes on these new Sony Internet TV’s was wrong, and are happy to report it will cost far less than expected.

In fact, we have word from a strong source that the NSX-46GT1 (46′) will cost only $1399, which is a far cry from the $1899 we initially reported. The smaller displays in this range should be several hundred dollars less as they go lower.

We pride ourselves at Sony Insider in having great coverage of Sony news and endeavors, and take incredible risk in reputation for those who carry our content, ourselves, and Sony when posting “leaks” and other “insider” information. Unfortunately, errors do happen, and we will work even harder in the future to ensure what we publish is completely accurate.

10
Oct 2010
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