What’s new for Sony Bravia smart TV?
Music fans will soon be able to get high quality audio streams through Sony’s Music Unlimited service on Bravia TVs.
The high-level AAC audio stream has gone live via Sony Entertainment Network on PC, PlayStation 3 and Android smartphones and tablets.
Sony said the next stage will be Bravia HDTVs and home entertainment devices like Blu-ray players, iOS devices and PlayStation Vita.
A 320kbps audio stream compressed with AAC isn’t the lossless format that hardcore audiophiles dream about, but it will certainly be a huge boost from the 128kbps streams playing today.
January 30, 2013
- High quality 320k Music Unlimited streams coming soon
- CES 2013 SideView uses NFC to mirror your phones on TV
- Crackle app launches in the UK: On-demand movies and films from Sony
- Sony Homestream streams media files to your TV, tablet and phone
What smart TV features are on Sony Bravia TVs and home entertainment devices?
Sony’s Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and home cinema systems have a common family of smart TV features. They’re accessed through including the hideously-named Xross Media Bar (XMB), a simple and accessible interface found on most Sony entertainment devices.
Features include media sharing with HomeStream, and a wide variety of video and music services under the Sony Entertainment Network.
Most recently, Sony added SideView, which allows phones and tablets to create a wireless connection using NFC (Near Field Communication).
NFC-enabled Android or iOS devices with the SideView app can pair with the TV by tapping the NFC label on the remote control, and mirror all if their photos, videos, games or apps on the big screen, or browse the EPG on the small screen.
What is Sony Entertainment Network on Sony Bravia?
Sony Entertainment Network is the entertainment portal for Sony’s Bravia TVs and home entertainment devices like Blu-ray players and home cinema systems. It can also be found on Sony’s Experia mobile phones and on the Sony PlayStation 3.
It’s home to Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited, Crackle, and several other video providers and other apps under the Bravia Internet Video section.
What video services can I find on Sony Entertainment Network in the UK?
Video Unlimited is Sony’s video-on-demand streaming library, which lets you rent or buy films without a subscription. Titles are available for rental from £2.49 in standard definition or £3.49 in HD, or to buy from £4.99 or £12.99.
Crackle is an on-demand video platform, also from Sony, with a mix of free and pay-as-you-go films and TV shows that include anime and classic comedies.
What music services can I find on Sony Entertainment Network in the UK?
Music Unlimited is Sony’s subscription music download and streaming service, similar to Spotify or Google Music.
Like those services, you can also play your own digital music library using the Music Sync feature, which scans your digital music library and uploads any tracks Sony doesn’t already have online. There’s a 14-day free trial and Sony Music Unlimited costs £9.99/month after this.
Can I stream home media files on Sony Bravia devices?
Sony Homestream is a DLNA client and server that lets you stream media files from PCs, phones, tablets and other DLNA-friendly devices to Bravia TVs, Sony Blu-ray players and the PlayStation 3.
Sony’s big smart TV innovation at International CES 2013 is SideView, which lets you mirror a handheld screen on your TV by tapping on the remote control.
The one-touch function innovates over Samsung and LG’s similar features by putting the NFC chip in the remote control instead of the TV, so it’s where you are.
NFC-enabled phones like the Nokia Lumia 920 can pair up with Sony’s Bravia TVs and Blu-ray disc home theatre system, and be mirrored on the bigger screen.
The SideView app is available free for both Android and iOS, and works both ways – users can browse schedules, record shows and explore related content to what’s on TV, without interrupting what’s on.
January 8, 2013