Sony Ships Newest Connected Line Of BRAVIA HDTVs

There's been a good amount of time between the last real wave of new HDTV shipments, and while the next Super Bowl is a very long way out, Sony's new BRAVIA TV line won't wait. The company has just announced shipments of a redefined HDTV line, complete with an updated Netflix interface and an expanded online offering library. Among the 37 models in its 2011 line-up, the BRAVIA LCD HDTV line includes 32 Internet-connected models and 23 with built-in 3D capabilities. That's a ton of televisions, and one is bound to suit your needs.

The new range will all begin to ship this month. and even existing sets are seeing updates. For example, an April update for all Connected BRAVIA sets will enhance the Netflix user experience, allowing content selection and instant watching in an easy, one-step process. In addition to BRAVIA LCD HDTV televisions, online entertainment content and services are available on a wide variety of Sony connected A/V Receivers and Blu-ray Disc Players, as well as Sony's Streaming Player with Wi-Fi, the convenient and easy way to make most any TV "smart."

The full complement of upcoming features are listed below, further proving that our TVs are just a step or two away from being HDTVs with built-in displays.

Recent and upcoming enhancements to Sony's connectivity platform include:

  • Netflix:  offers an upgraded experience that allows Netflix members to browse and access thousands of TV shows and movies to watch instantly streaming from Netflix using the device remote control.
  • Crackle: expands its offering to include hundreds of full-length, uncut Hollywood movies and thousands of TV episodes – all available for free.
  • Yahoo! Connected TV Store:  features more than 100 easy-to-use TV apps to complement TV viewing, including content from CBS and Showtime, social networking with Facebook and Twitter, sports and finance from Yahoo!, CNBC and USA Today, and more.  
  • Moshcam: provides hundreds of full-length, live music concerts from acclaimed bands such as Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper, Gary Numan, Blondie and Public Enemy.
  • Billabong: enjoy snow, surf, skate and wake action from around the globe, featuring Billabong's all-star athletes, swimwear and fashion models.
  • Hulu Plus: expands its programming to include Celebrity Deathmatch, Punk'd, Reno 911! and Comedy Central Presents.

Sony's line of BRAVIA televisions and other connected home products augment Sony Internet TV, the world's first and only Internet TV powered by Google TV, introduced in the United States last October. Only Sony Internet TV seamlessly combines integrated web search functionality with diverse television programming – resulting in a simple, powerful, and easy-to-use home entertainment device.  

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