Sony announced at CES 2009 that its Bravia line of LCD HDTVs would include built-in streaming Internet capability (without a set-top box) – in the XBR9 and Z-series models. These HDTVs will include an Ethernet connection to support direct connection to the web for streaming content.
Sony mentioned streaming content sources like Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, and Yahoo Widgets. There was even talk of access to digital photos, music, and video stores through support of the Digital Living Network Alliance specification. But, before thinking of putting this new feature to use, make sure you have a high-speed Internet connection as part of your Cleveland Home Theater total solution. Why? Well, Sony is telling potential users that a broadband Internet connection of at least 2.5 Mbps is recommended, and that a full-screen display may not be available for all Internet video.
Models of the new XBR TVs that are to include this streaming Internet capability are to be available in the spring, and measure 32 inches, 40 inches, 46 inches, and 52 inches. Models of the higher-end Z-series measure 40 inches, 46 inches, and 52 inches, plus offer 240Hz Motionflow technology for displaying fast-moving images more smoothly. (if you have been paying attention to displays lately, many have been out with 120Hz refresh rates, and this is double that). Speaking of 120Hz technology, the XBR TVs support 120Hz Motionflow technology. And, all of these new devices for your home theater are compliant with the Energy Star 3.0 specification, which should result in some energy saving potential in your home.
As your Cleveland Ohio authorized Sony dealer, we look forward to these new Sony products and helping you find the right solution for your home theater and media needs. Contact HomeSound for more information at: www.homesound.com