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Sony announces Long GOP 4K codec for pros, XAVC-S for consumers

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

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If you were chomping at the bit to create content for the oncoming 4K revolution, Sony has just announced a couple of enhancements to its XAVC video format to help you on your way. Long GOP is a high-efficiency codec designed to meet the requirements of the professional market, while XAVC-S is aimed squarely at consumers with its MP4 wrapping. Of course, both codecs should play nice with Sony’s series of CineAlta cameras (the PMW-F5 is pictured above), which is set to reach over 2,000 units shipped by the end of the month. Sony’s not the only one making XAVC-compatible devices however; over 60 manufacturers have applied for XAVC licenses while 31 others have pledged to support it in their products. Seeing as 4K hardware is finally dipping into affordability, we can’t fault Sony for getting the ball rolling, at least from the creation side of things.

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Sony President Phil Molyneux Wants Your Help in Naming his Pink (Audio) Balls

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The company is looking for a catchier name for its newly announced Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Speakers.

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Video Game News: Sony Offers Details on PlayStation 4

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The much anticipated PlayStation 4 is shown to media and industry at a New York event.

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WSJ: Sony will use Gaikai streaming tech to play PS3 games on the PS4

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

We’re just a few days away from Sony’s February 20th “see the future of” PlayStation event where we expect to see the next edition of its home console, and the rumor mill is buzzing. The latest one tonight comes from the Wall Street Journal, with a report that connects Sony’s 0 million purchase of cloud gaming service Gaikai last year with a method to provide backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 4. The WSJ reports Sony has been “investing heavily” in preparing Gaikai for an influx of PS4-equipped gamers, while also developing better cameras for its Move and the DualShock+touchpad controllers we’ve seen recently.

What’s not revealed, however, is any potential pricing plan, or whether cloud games will work using existing cloud saves. While buying fully digital copies of games we already own is less than appealing, if Sony can implement something like the abandoned UMD-to-PSP Go “good will” plan, then there may be benefits for all. In the last gen Sony used hardware, then software and then nothing at all for backwards compatible gaming, while Microsoft went all software — we’ll see how it balances out this time around.

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Sky signs exclusive UK deal with Sony, keeps Netflix’s dirty hands off MiB 3

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Sky signs exclusive UK deal with Sony, keeps Netflix's dirty hands off MiB 3

Having already ploughed through Warner Bros.’ catalog, execs at Sky have just added the latest wares from Sony Pictures Television to their UK and Ireland playlist. Forthcoming titles like After Earth will arrive on Sky Movies six months after they’ve finished in cinemas, and will join other Sony pictures — like Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Django Unchained — in being Sky-only for another twelve months after that.

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Killer Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System from Yamaha, Sony, Jamo for $380 (save $420)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Just add an HDTV and you can have a complete home theater, all without busting through your budget.

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Revealed: 4K Ultra HD Video Player as “Only Sony can do”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Home viewers are eagerly placing advance orders for a Sony 4K HD Video Player, included with each purchase of its 84-inch XBR-84X900 LED TV for a total “One Sony” experience that incorporates all of its electronics and entertainment capabilities into one black box.

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Sony Offers 4K Ultra HD Video Player Pre-Loaded with Amazing Spiderman and 9 More Movies

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The new media player will be a bundled bonus for those buying Sony’s K XBR-84X900 4K LED TV.

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Sony Network Entertainment prez Tim Schaaff retires, will remain on board of directors

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Sony Network Entertainment prez Tim Schaaff retires, will remain on board of directors

Tim Schaaff came over to Sony from Apple back in 2005 with a mission of aligning its vast consumer electronics and entertainment interests, and today the company has announced he’s retiring from his post as Sony Network Entertainment President at the end of the year. Schaaf’s responsibilities will be taken over by current Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House to start 2013, although Schaaf will retain his seat on Sony Network’s board of directors. In place and SNEI prez since 2010, he was around for the infamous PSN hack and subsequent outage in 2011, calling it a “great experience”… that he would not like to do again, of course. While Sony has made great strides in reorganizing the way its disparate arms work together since ’05 (remember Sony Connect? No one else does either.) his departure comes amidst new company head Kaz Hirai’s “One Sony” turnaround efforts along the same lines. A rebranding of PlayStation Network to Sony Entertainment Network hasn’t pushed the Music and Movie Unlimited properties to the top just yet, nor connected devices like its tablets and phones — we’ll see if this executive shuffling has any effect on the company’s fortunes going forward.

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Sony Tablet S updated with Guest Mode and other features from new Xperia Tablet S

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The Verge: Sony didn’t set our hearts on fire with the Tablet S, but this year’s Xperia Tablet S is a big improvement — in our review we were impressed by the company’s additions to…



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Sony ‘Prototype-SR’ spotted at TGS 2012: the HMZ-T2 tacks on a camera, plays with user perception (video)

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Sony 'PrototypeSR' spotted at TGS the HMZT2 tacks on a camera for enhanced 3D measures

Remember the Sony HMZ-T2 3D head-mounted display that we tried on back at IFA? Well, it’s being prominently featured here at TGS, too. Tucked away at a smaller, much more modest booth around the corner, however, is something a smidge more interesting. Kept behind glass and a safe distance away from our grubby mitts and sweaty foreheads resides the “Prototype-SR” (Substitutional Reality) that was outed on YouTube last week. Essentially, the unit appears to be the HMZ-T2 with a front-mounted camera for head tracking and camera functionality — the sort of thing that will provide what’s being called a 360-degree immersive entertainment experience. From what we can tell from the booth monitors, the unit displays 3D video overlaid in real space for the person wearing the device. Details are scarce and extremely limited demos were available in an apparent lottery (no luck here). You can rest assured that if we’re able to snag one, though, we’ll be sure to offer up some impressions. For now, take a look at the camera-wielding set of hi-tech goggles in the gallery below and the aforementioned video awaits just past the break.

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IFA 2012: Sony 4K TV due in the UK this December

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

What HiFi: One of the most impressive things we’ve seen at IFA so far is Sony’s forthcoming 84in 4K LCD TV, the €25,000 Bravia KD-84X9005. OK, so it’s not cheap, but the picture…



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Sony to Sell VPL-HW50ES 3D Front Projector for Under $4K

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The new home theater option includes 3D, Reality Creation processing, and more.

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Sony Announces Pricing on the 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Better start saving! Sony’s big, beautiful 4K 3D TV is coming soon and it won’t be cheap.

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Sony Debuts 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The new TV promises a 3840 x 2160 LCD panel and 10 Unit Live Speaker system.

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Sony Packs Big Sound into Three Versions of MDR-1 Headphones

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

The new headphones are available in standard, Bluetooth and digital noise-canceling versions.

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Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with ‘Intelligent Peak LED’ backlighting

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with 'Intelligent Peak LED' backlighting

While Sony’s current lineup of HDTVs has so far topped out with the HX929/920 series that’s been kicking around since 2011, in Japan it has just unveiled a new top of the line model: the HX950. Often rumored in the last few months, it’s available in 65- or 55-inch varieties and features Sony’s now-trademark monolithic style as well as “Intelligent Peak LED” backlighting. Although Sony’s brand name for the tech doesn’t exactly reveal how it works, information leaks have suggested it is full array LED backlighting and not edge based, although we don’t know how many zones (individually controlled light sources) are in play. What we do know, however is that it claims to outperform the LED backlighting in the old 929 quite handily, although we’ll let our eyes be the judge of that.

It also includes MotionFlow XR960 (800 in the US) motion processing tech that can create 240fps from 60 frames and a glass panel mounted to the LCD itself with a special type of resin designed specifically to reduce glare. Finally, there’s also the usual add-ins like 3D and Sony Entertainment Network streaming video. We haven’t seen any European or US information for this model yet, although with IFA 2012 under way and CEDIA coming up that may change quickly. Currently pricing in Japan for the 65-inch is expected to be around 650,000 yen or ,269 when it ships November 10th, but we should mention actual US prices are typically much lower than a direct conversion. Unofficially, one retailer is already listing the 55- and 65-inch models for sale in the US for ,499 and ,499, respectively, although we’d take that with a grain of salt until we know for sure.

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2011 Sony HDTV Still Leads the Industry

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Several other high-end HDTV units have come to market over the past year. But none have topped Sony’s Bravia XBR-46X929 in terms of style and ability. And with new models coming to market at year’s end, deal hunters could find one at a greater value than ever before.

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IFA 2012: LG launches world’s first 84in 4K UD TV, but Sony and Toshiba are close behind

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

What HiFi: LG has launched in Korea the world’s first 84in Ultra Definition 3D TV – and it’s planning to roll out the model, which offers four times the resolution of current Full HD TVs,…



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Sony unveils in-car receivers with App Remote, taps into your smartphone music from October

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Engadget: Sony has been big on smartphone integration for car audio lately, having already launched its MirrorLink receivers earlier in the year for the more well-heeled drivers among us. The company…



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AOL HD connected TV app is now AOL On for Samsung, Roku and Sony; TiVo coming soon

Monday, August 13th, 2012

AOL HD connected TV app is now AOL On for Samsung, Roku and Sony, TiVo coming soon

Last summer the AOL HD app launched on the Boxee, Roku, Yahoo Connected TV and DivX platforms, and now it’s moving to 2.0 as well as changing names, to AOL On. Rolling out now to the Samsung Smart TV, Roku, and Sony platforms, with TiVo Premiere DVR access due “in the coming weeks” after a beta test ends, it’s a free ad-supported app that pulls from a library of 380,000 or so videos, including some from Engadget (you may have noticed the logo in the corner). v2.0 brings a refreshed UI and videos from not only AOL sites like this one, Moviefone and TechCrunch, but also other sources like Reuters, AP, CNET and BBC. We gave the new channel a shot on Roku and were able to browse around easily enough although the most recent episode of The Engadget Show hadn’t popped up yet — we’ll get someone on that. There’s another screenshot and press release after the break, or you can just check the channel store of your nearest set-top box or connected HDTV to see if it’s popped up there yet.

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Redbox, Sony extend distribution deal, keep the movies flowing with no delays

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Redbox, Sony extend distribution deal, keep the movies flowing with no delays

While Redbox’s parent company Coinstar rejoiced over earnings results that showed revenue growth that was partially due to last year’s price hike, the kiosk movie renter had more good news after extending its DVD licensing deal with Sony Pictures. This means Redbox can rent Sony movies the same day they go on sale in stores and has the option to license Blu-ray movies as well through September 2014, when Sony will have the option of two one-year extensions. We’ll still have to wait and see if it can work out an arrangement with Warner and Disney, and what its streaming service has to offer, but more new movies right away is always good.

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Sony unveils world’s first AV receiver with Wi-Fi built-in

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Pocket-lint: Sony’s latest home cinema network AV receiver allows you to stream all your media content from your smartphones and tablet devices due to the fact that it’s the first AV receiver of its…



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Sony New SA-NS 310, 410 and 510 wireless speakers

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Übergizmo: Sony just outed three new wireless speakers with the SA-NS310, SA-NS410 and SA-NS510. They are all built to receive an audio stream over WiFi, including over Apple’s Airplay with you want…



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Sony Introduces Walkman Portable Media Players Powered by Android 4.0

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The F800 Series comes packing Ice Cream Sandwich, with the E470 billed as the thinnest Walkman to date.

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Sony patents exercise music system that adjusts music to your work-out tempo

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Engadget: While our bodies approach beach-readiness for the summer, Sony’s unveiled plans to tinker with your gym playlist in the future. According to a patent granted today, the electronics…



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Sony and Panasonic: New Entrants in OLED TV Race

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

This story has me scratching my head a bit; Sony and Panasonic will partner in developing OLED TVs. According to the press release, the two companies will pool their “core and printing technologies” to develop a “printing method-based next-generation OLED technology.” Perhaps the most puzzling part is that they “aim to establish mass-production technology during 2013.”

Wow! This strikes me as two drowning swimmers throwing each other cement life rings. Both companies have gone through very public financial difficulties. Sony has failed to catch any of the recent technology waves, and is awash in red ink. They have lost their traditional dominance in the television and personal media markets, and their PlayStation platform may get wiped out by Microsoft’s Xbox.

Panasonic is in no better shape. The company doubled down on plasma technology when flat panels started to take off, and consumers responded by choosing to pay a premium for brighter LCD models. It is losing billions of dollars annually, as the plasma TV market share continues to dwindle.

In general, these two Japanese electronic giants have spent the last decade watching the Korean and Chinese companies (both mainland and Taiwan) steadily eat their lunch (and their breakfast and their dinner for that matter).

Yes, Panasonic has some enormous production capacity that it is not using. Yes, Sony was out early with an OLED television (that was not high-definition and terrifyingly expensive and didn’t sell many units at all, but who’s counting?) Both companies do have a history of developing innovative technologies, however, and it’s possible that they could come up with a winner. If they can produce successful OLED TVs using printing methods instead of the less efficient and slower vacuum deposition batch methods currently in use, it could be that they could lower production costs enough to steal a march on LG and Samsung, and compete on cost sooner with the incumbent LCD models.

But can they accomplish this by next year? That seems to be a very tall order, given the early stages of development for metal oxide backplanes and OLED materials (especially the problematic blue emitters). It’s hard to see just how they might manage to pull this off.

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Sony Blu-ray Player for $40

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Blu-ray has taken a long time to catch up with DVD, and as I continue to point out, the disc business appears to be in decline. Is if possible tht Blu-ray could catch up this late in the race?

It could if the premium between it and standard DVD players (which is “good enough” for the majority of consumers) dropped to something approaching “zero.” And apparently now it has.

Sony BDP-BX18 Blu-ray player available on eBay

A seller on eBay is offering refurbished Sony Blu-ray players for . I have not tested this model, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not, but it appears that the seller has sold many hundreds of them. And it’s no “transportation special” stripped-down model, either. It has Sony Bravia Internet video support and a wired Ethernet connection, a front panel USB port, and an HDMI connector. According to the product description, it was “originally purchased from a major retail store and returned.”

New Blu-ray players still cost more than DVD players, but with deals like this showing up, I’d expect the price differential to soon become meaningless.

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Sony Pushes a Pair of Google TV Products, Starts Pre-orders

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The company will release the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player in July, with the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Player planned for later this year.

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Sony, Panasonic to Team up on OLED TV Production

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The two TV giants will team up to mass-produce OLED panels and modules by 2013.

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Sony, Sumitomo push laser projectors forward with a new, more powerful green laser diode

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Sony, Sumitomo codevelop a more powerful green laser diode for projectors

As cool as lasers are, so far there are precious few commercially available display devices available that use them. That may change with this new green semiconductor laser diode announced by Sony and Sumitomo, capable of the brightness necessary to replace the more expensive light sources used to fill in the middle of the RGB setup. According to the two companies, it’s the world’s first one capable of over 100mW power at 530nm, which they think will make it a fit for both advanced projectors and compact light projectors. Check after the break for more details on how the technology came to be — drawing heavily on Sumitomo’s production techniques and Sony’s GaN laser technology developed with Blu-ray — we’ll let you know when there’s a LaserVue or REDray setup priced for general consumption.

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Sony announces the XAV-601BT in Europe as well

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Akihabara News: Now you can control and enjoy music, navigation and other smartphone apps safely while on the move. With the first MirrorLink™ compatible in-car AV centre head unit from Sony, you’re…



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Sony STR-DN1030 7.2-channel home theater receiver with Airplay and Bluetooth hands-on

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Sony STRDN1030 72channel network home theater receiver with Airplay and Bluetooth handson

Truth be told, we spend a lot of time listening to music, movies and hands-on video clips through our headphones and laptop speakers, but when it comes time to sink into the plush leather seats in a proper home theater, you better believe high-quality audio is a top priority. Sony’s STR-DN1030 serves as an update to last year’s STR-DN1020, and promises to deliver on that quality promise, with a bounty of connectivity options to boot. WiFi and built-in Ethernet enable the 7.2-channel digital receiver to stream from AirPlay, along with Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) music services including Music Unlimited, Pandora, Slacker and vTuner. The device is also DLNA compatible, IP controllable and it can power on (from standby mode) whenever you begin to stream a song over AirPlay or Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connections.

We dropped by Sony’s NYC headquarters for a quick peek at the DN1030, which we’re told very quietly made the rounds at CES but has yet make its official debut. The receiver, which boasts 145 watts per channel (not including those dual powered-sub connections), was paired with seven high-end Bowers & Wilkins speakers and a powered Sony subwoofer. It’s nearly impossible to pass complete judgement on any high-end audio product after a brief demo in a room that isn’t optimized for sound, so audiophiles should certainly hear this thing for themselves before coming to any conclusions of their own. Still, we were quite pleased with performance from what we saw today — Bluetooth and AirPlay connections appeared to be seamless, Slacker loaded quickly and audio quality was quite solid from all of the wireless sources, along with Avatar and a recorded Cream concert on Blu-ray. Best yet is the receiver’s price — the STR-DN1030 will set you back just 9 when it hits stores in mid-July.

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Engadget Giveaway: win a Sony 40-inch 1080p HDTV, courtesy of The Grey on Blu-ray and DVD

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Engadget Giveaway: win a Sony 40-inch 1080p HDTV, courtesy of NBC Universal!

It’s movie time, folks. The bad news is that you have to bring your own popcorn. The good news, on the other hand, is that the feature film and the TV are on us! Thanks to the folks at Universal Studios Home Entertainment, there’s a 40-inch 1080p HDTV up for grabs. The occasion is the studio’s release of The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, on Blu-ray this coming Tuesday May 15th. If you’re the lucky winner, however, you won’t even have to venture out to stores to pick up a copy of your own — one will come included with the TV! Unfortunately, there’s one additional restriction this time around: only US residents are able to enter. But if you qualify, head below and leave a comment, and good luck!

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Sony all-in-one system gets iPad dock, DAB+ and Bluetooth

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

What HiFi: New from Sony is the CMT-V75BTiP all-in-one audio system with built-in iPhone/iPad dock, CD player and DAB+ radio. The speakers use Sony’s patented Magnetic Fluid technology which…



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Sony PlayStation Vita (3G/Wi-Fi) Review

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

While not without its frustrations, the PS Vita emerges as a viable new gaming-and-more platform.

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The Incredible Shrinking Sony

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

In 2000, Sony was worth an impressive 0 billion. Today, some estimate that it has lost 90% of that value and is worth just billion. A report from Reuters indicates that the latest cost-cutting strategy will involve laying off about 6% of the company’s workforce, or about 10,000 jobs. It is planning to sell off some divisions and merge others. For example, it is creating a new LCD small panel company called Japan Display that combines the resources from Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi.

These are hard times for Japanese LCD makers. The liquid crystal technology was originally invented in the United States, but it was the Japanese who first managed to develop it into commercial products. Now the Korean giants of Samsung and LG dominate the business, with Taiwanese and Chinese factories taking ever larger shares of the pie. As reported here, Sharp has had to sell half of its interest in the world’s largest LCD factory to Foxconn’s parent, Hon Hai. (This move was set in motion in part by Sony’s decision not to exercise its option to increase its investment in the plant.)

As the demand for large flat screen HDTVs continues to cool, the downward pressure on prices and profits continues unabated, making it more difficult for these companies to recoup their enormous investments in the technology. Whether Sony can survive remains to be seen, but the company is but a shadow of its former self, and it may not have the strength left to play with the big boys.

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Sony Google TV update rolling out, if you want to root your time is now

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Looking to get some unblocked Hulu or other Flash streaming action on your Sony Google TV hardware? It may be in your best interest to grab the cracked software right away The folks at GTVHacker warned an update blocking the security hole exploited by their downgrader tool would be on the way, and now it has appeared, sporting an ambiguous “operating system stability” reason for existing. Hit the source link to find out everything that can be achieved with a modified kernel and what it will take to get things running on your TV or Blu-ray player.

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HDTV Clearance Sale: Huge Discounts on 60-inch and 65-inch LED, Plasma TVs (Panasonic, Samsung, Sony)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Amazon is discounting 9 different HDTVs, with options including 1080p and 3D support, WiFi, and web features.

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RealVNC teams up with Sony to bring Android apps to the dashboard

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Engadget:  Sony and RealVNC have announced a partnership that aims to liberate your smartphone’s applications and content, bringing the wares to your car’s dashboard. Once a VNC-enabled…



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Sony develops AirPlay wireless speakers and dock

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

What Hi-fi: It’s all been about wireless music streaming today at Sony HQ, with the company revealing its first yet-to-be-released AirPlay speakers and dock. There are three wireless speakers…



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Presidents Day HDTV Deals: Sony 55-inch Bravia KDL55EX720 3D LED and BDP-S480 Blu-ray 3D Player: $1299.98 Shipped

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

TigerDirect is packaging up this sweet 3D starter kit, which includes a web-enabled 1080p HDTV and a 3D-capable Blu-ray player.

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2012 HDTV pricing leaks out for Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Samsung

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The madness of CES 2012 is long over and now that we’ve seen all of the new HDTVs, it’s time to find out when they’re actually going on sale, and for how much. HDGuru has just dug up advertised pricing for some of the new models from Sony (BX, EX and HX lines) and Sharp (640, 745, 844, 847 and 945), while US pricing and ship dates for Panasonic’s new plasmas have been revealed by Value Electronics. For Samsung, some of the new HDTVs have already showed up for preorders at retailers like Vanns, including the top of the line 75-inch ES8000 priced at ,999, while a more reasonably sized 46-inch model is ,699. Sony’s prices range from 9 for the KDL-32BX320 to 99 for the KDL-55HX750, while Sharp’s range from LC-46-L540U for ,099 to the LC-80LE844U for ,499. Most of the ship dates are still TBA, although Panasonic is planning to unleash the ST50 later this month, followed by the UT50 and GT50, then the top of the line VT50 in May. While we wait for official announcements, you can hit the source links below for more details, and let us know if you’ve seen any other 2012 model information peeking out early.

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Sony Google TV gets update this week, brings speedier Chrome and 3D Blu-ray support

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Sony Google TV gets update this week, brings speedier Chrome and 3D Blu-ray support
If a simple tweet by the Google TV squad is to be believed, those of you who own Sony-branded hardware should be receiving an update within the next few days. In a scant 140-characters, Big G promises a Chrome browser that “works faster,” as well as the ability to get your Blu-ray content in all three dees (if that’s your thing). Google’s not telling precisely when the fresh features will make their way to Sony’s set-top boxes, so you’ll just have to stay glued to your GTV and wait for it to magically appear.

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Sony announces wireless speaker docks

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Pocket-Lint: Sony has announced a number of new docks, aimed at people who don’t own Sony products. The iPhone, iPod and iPad capable docks are designed to be acoustically precise and stylish…



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Hands-on: Sony X-Series Speaker Docks

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

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Sony demos 24- and 46-inch glasses-free 3DTVs, we go eyes-on (video)

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Take a quick tour of the showroom floor here at CES and you’ll certainly see, 3D days are here again — at least, where flat panel manufacturers are concerned. And while the industry continues to pump out mass market iterations of the living room tech that hinge upon hideous eyewear, companies like Sony are hard at work behind-the-scenes refining displays that won’t make you look a fool. The autostereoscopic panels, shown off at the company’s booth in 24- and 46-inch models — employ a subtle 3D effect that isn’t immediately noticeable. In fact, we found the visual pizzazz was best enjoyed when experienced from the side — a feat possible due to the incorporation of multi-point viewing angles — lending much needed depth to the onscreen image. Of the two, only the larger set can deliver full HD, owing to its beastly 4K resolution, whereas the 1080p panel on its lil’ bro suffers when halved. Distance also plays a major role in the intensity of the 3D visuals, with effects holding up at a range of up to 2ft for the smaller screen and 10ft for the 46-incher. Normally, we’d recommend you skip on past the break to sample the in-development eye candy, but be warned — you won’t see much. These are truly TVs that need to be seen to be believed.

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LED TV Deal: Sony PS3 3D Display Bundle – $299.99 Shipped (24-inch LED HDTV, 3D Glasses, Motorstorm for PS3)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Best Buy has knocked 0 off the ultimate gaming add-on, which includes a 3D display, glasses, and a very popular game.

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SONY HDTV Deal: 55-inch 1080p 3D LED TV: $1399 (KDL55EX720)

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

One of Amazon’s third-party merchants has this 3D on sale for 00 less than its list price.

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Sony 4K home cinema projector coming in January for £18,000

Monday, November 28th, 2011

You were so happy with that 1080p projection spread across your garage wall. But then you got up to fetch a beer and noticed horrible fingernail-sized pixels all over Johnny Depp’s mustache. The illusion promptly shattered and you realized it was time for an upgrade. An £18,000 (,000) upgrade, no less, which will render your Blu-rays bearable again by upscaling them to four times the resolution of Full HD and blasting them out at 2,000 lumens. We’ve seen the VPL-PW1000ES in action with 2D content from a PS3 and its ‘Reality Creation’ upscaling algorithm really does make a big difference, but if you absolutely insist on having native 4K video then you’ll currently need to budget an extra ,000 for a player. (Well, you insisted.)

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Black Friday 3DTV Bundle: Sony 46″ KDL46NX720 1080p LED TV, 3D Starter Kit: $949.98

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Start your 3D TV setup off right, by saving on this package, which includes the Blu-ray 3D for Alice in Wonderland.

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Sony posts poor Q2 results, can a move into mobile stop the rot?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Pocket-Lint: Sony has just posted its Q2 earnings report and it doesn’t look great as the the electronics multinational blames the Thai floods, a rising Yen and poor sales of TVs and PCs….



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Sony posts $350 million loss in Q2 earnings report, forecasts full-year loss

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Sony‘s Q2 earnings have just come in and, as you might guess, they’re not particularly glowing. A few days after announcing plans to buy out Ericsson’s stake in Sony Ericsson, the manufacturer posted a quarterly loss of ¥27 billion (6 million) today, compared with a net income of ¥31.1 billion during the same quarter last year. Last quarter, the firm posted a net loss of ¥15.5 billion, or about 0 million. Sony attributed much of this decline to a stronger yen, lower TV sales and recent flooding in Thailand, which has disrupted its supply chain. On this basis, the company lowered its full year forecast, predicting a net loss of ¥90 billion (.2 billion), compared with a net profit of ¥60 billion that it had previously expected. It appears, then, that Sony’s TV division is primed to post an annual loss for the 8th straight year, which would certainly explain those plans for a forthcoming shakeup. Find the full report at the source link, below.

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Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Engadget: We’d imagine come November 13th, the above will be the scene inside many a PS3 owner’s house. That’s when Sony’s hot little 24-inch PlayStation 3D display will…



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Thai floods cause Sony to delay camera launch, several tech companies affected

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Digital Trends: Large parts of Thailand are currently under water following heavy monsoon rains. As a result, production at several tech companies in the country has been affected, including Sony who…



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Kaz Hirai: Sony is ‘in discussions with non-Sony companies’ over PlayStation Suite

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Wondering whether Sony’s PlayStation Suite will ever really leave its nest? While the SDK won’t be out until next month, SCE Chairman Kaz Hirai just told us here at AsiaD that this Android-friendly framework’s still open to all other manufacturers, and he emphasized that it “isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family” while pimping the three PlayStation Certified Android devices so far: Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P. Kaz also confirmed that Sony’s currently “in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them onboard,” but as to when this will come to fruition, the company will make those announcements “when it’s time to go public with it,” so we shall see.

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Playstation 3D Display hits shelves November 13, Sony answers your burning questions

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
We’d imagine come November 13th, the above will be the scene inside many a PS3 owner’s house. That’s when Sony’s hot little 24-inch PlayStation 3D display will officially be available in the US, Canada, Europe and parts of Asia. Sony took to its US PlayStation Blog today with the news, along with a lengthy FAQ to keep your GAS at bay in the meantime. If you’ll recall, the 240Hz 1080p display packs a single set of component inputs, two HDMI 1.4 ports, stereo RCA outputs, a headphone jack, an integrated subwoofer, and of course, 3D-capability with supported titles. For five hundred bucks you’ll get the PS 3D Display, one pair of USB-rechargeable 3D Glasses ( for each additional pair), a copy of Motorstorm: Apocalypse and even an HDMI cable. Notably, its fancy (and exclusive) SimulView feature will let two sets of 3D shades grab either the left or right side feed in supported 3D games for a private 2D view. Disappointingly, this puppy isn’t wall-mountable, but hey, that 24-inch panel surely makes it ideal for a desktop setup, no? Full details at the links below, along with a refresher shot of those 3D specs just past the break.

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Sony introduces 10.1-inch portable Blu-ray/DVD player

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Newlaunches.com: Sony is taking the entertainment outside home with an impressive Blu-ray/DVD player called the BDP-SX1. It’s the company’s first such portable offering with LED backlighting and…



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Sony to stop paying for movie theater 3D glasses, theater owners fire back

Saturday, October 1st, 2011


As if going to the movies wasn’t getting expensive enough, now theater owners and studios are fighting over the cost of 3D glasses — again. Sony Pictures sent out a letter indicating that starting in May 2012, it won’t foot the bill for moviegoer’s 3D glasses anymore, pushing the charge onto the theater instead. The Hollywood Reporter uncovered the letter and indicates the total pricetag for a major movie like the ones Sony has planned for next summer — Men in Black III and The Amazing Spider-Man — can run as high as to million in total. Studios have been covering the cost to help push 3D so far but Sony’s declaration could lead to other studios following, and changing to a model where moviegoers buy and keep their own 3D glasses. It’d be nice to think keeper pairs could reduce the surcharge — or for 3D haters, switch more showings to 2D — but with a half-full box of candy apparently worth its weight in gold, we’re not optimistic.

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Sony adds its first iPad dock, revamps iPhone dock

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Electronista: Sony tackled its home audio in multiple directions Wednesday, starting with two iOS speaker docks. The RDP-X500iP is its first intended for iPad owners and has a pyramid-like design…



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Sony Gets In Your Face with the HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Equipped with two OLED panels, this head-mounted display promises an immersive 2D or 3D viewing experience.

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IFA 2011: Sony unveils HMZ-T1 head-mounted 3D visor

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

What Hi-fi: First shown at CES 2011 back in January, this is the finished production version of Sony’s head-mounted 3D visor. Boasting a 1280 x 720 resolution 0.7in OLED panel for each eye, the…



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Sony Announces DEV-3, DEV-5 3D Binoculars with HD Video Recording

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

New feature-loaded models allow high definition 3D video recording and playback. Plus, they make it easy to look at stuff that’s far away.

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Panasonic, Samsung, Sony Partner with XPAND 3D on Universal 3D Glasses

Friday, August 12th, 2011

The four companies are joining forces (and licensing) for the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative.

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Sony Re-Ups for ESPN 3D

Friday, July 15th, 2011

“They cost too much.” “There’s not enough content.” “I won’t get one until they get rid of those stupid glasses.” Two out of three ain’t bad, and frankly, I expect that it will be more than enough.

We’ve already seen the prices falling for 3DTVs and I expect that the cost difference with standard HDTVs will be close to zero in a year or two, if you’ll even have the choice of getting a flat panel television without 3D support. And we continue to see more good news about increased 3D content.

One of the content success stories is ESPN 3D; launched about a year ago, the channel went to 24/7 broadcasts in February of this year. Sony was an original sponsor, and has just announced that it will renew its commitment for another year. According to the company press release, ESPN will double the number of college football games that will be broadcast in 3D this coming season. The channel will also provide extensive 3D coverage of the Summer X Games July 28 through 31.

ESPN is a leader in live sports coverage, and it has stepped out in front of the pack on 3D coverage. Its partnership with Sony has given it access to equipment and expertise that has helped maximize its investment in this technology. The channel has already broadcast coverage of 115 live sporting events. Sports has always been a driving force in the growth of television technology, and ESPN is positioning itself to have the best 3D skills when the user installed base is ready to take advantage of it. In another year or two, I expect that 3D coverage of major sporting events will become commonplace.

As for getting rid of the stupid glasses for multi-viewer 3DTVs, I’ve already made it clear why that isn’t going to happen.

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Sony launches G Series micro systems with wi-fi and DAB

Friday, July 1st, 2011

What Hi-fi: Sony has announced four new G Series micro hi-fi systems, with the two top models incorporating built-in wi-fi for streaming music.
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Sony releases a new pair of Speakers for iPhone and iPod Touch

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Akihabaranews: Sony introduced today the SRS-GX50IP SRS-GM5IP a new pair of DSP Speakers that are made for both iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 as well as all iPod Touch families.
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Sony reveals midrange VPL-HW30ES 3D projector on the way (Update: US pricing)

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

We all know you deserve to live the projector lifestyle, but fitting Sony’s first home projector with 3D — the k (MSRP) VPL-VW90ES that launched last fall – into one’s budget might be a little tough. Now the company is launching the “affordable” VPL-HW30ES for the rest of us this year, featuring some of the same 240Hz SXRD tech in a cheaper package. There’s no word yet on pricing or a ship date here in the US, but Europe and Japan get it next month with a pricetag of 370,000 yen (,626 US) in the latter. That lower price nabs specs like a claimed 70,000:1 contrast ratio and 1,300 lumens of brightness and all the picture adjustment settings befitting a product rocking the Elevated Standard tag, along with an upgraded 3D system to reduce crosstalk. 3D compatibility is achieved with Sony’s new lighter active shutter 3D glasses and an add-on IR sync device that are both sold separately — no complex lens switching necessary.

Update: Sony sent over the US press release with pricing (,699) and other information, check it out here.

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Sony introduces three new iPod docks

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

What Hi-fi: Sony has unveiled a trio of new iPod docks, due on sale from June/July, priced from £70 to £180.
All three models are compatible with the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod Touch.
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BBC HD quietly begins broadcasting in 1080p, but not all Sony HDTVs can handle it

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

We’d pretty much given up waiting for broadcast 1080p, since other than some video on-demand services you’ll generally need to stick to Blu-ray to tick that box, but around the end of March BBC HD changed all that. It’s taking advantage of a part of the Freeview HD spec that allows the broadcaster to dynamically select between 1080p / 25fps and 1080i / 25fps transmission and the boxes are mandated to be able to output 1080p / 50fps. The reasoning for the decision is to provide better picture quality on material that was shot that way, unfortunately it’s coming to light now because some HDTVs are having trouble handling the switch and causing an audio dropout when the format shifts, as mentioned by UK buyers guide What Hi-Fi. As if Sony didn’t have enough to deal with, the overwhelming majority of complaints appear to center around its TVs and the company has promised more information in the next 7 – 10 days about a fix that will take care of the problem.

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Sony promises ‘phased restoration’ of PlayStation Network and Qriocity starting this week

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Sony made quite a few promises this morning about how it intends to deal with the fallout from the PlayStation Network outage and breach when it wasn’t profusely and solemnly apologizing — you can find our liveblog right here — including improved security measures and a few token handouts of 30-day free subscriptions to PlayStation Plus and Qriocity and possibly some free software. Perhaps more importantly for you gamers, Kaz Hirai told reporters that services will resume “soon,” and by the end of the week we should see some functionality return. Of course, it made those promises in Japanese, but if you want an English copy you won’t have to look far, as the official PlayStation.Blog got hold of a press release with them all spelled out. Find the full document after the break.

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Sony introduces three new iPhone/iPod ready headphones in Japan

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Akihabara News: With the overhead headphone MDR-ZX300IP and two in-ear ones the MDR-XB41I and MDR-XB21IP, Sony want to bring a full set of compatible headphones to every single iPod and iPhones built…



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Sony reveals flagship BDP-S780 3D blu-ray player – plus a pair of 2.1 systems

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

What Hi-fi:Sony’s long-awaited BDP-S780 3D Blu-ray player makes its UK debut today, along with a pair of new 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema systems.
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Sony Closes 11 U.S. Stores

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The “Sony Style” is changing. According to a report from TWICE, the company closed 11 of its retail stores last month. Perhaps more interesting is that the remaining stores will be renamed from “Sony Style” to “Sony Factory Outlet.”

The closings seem perfectly reasonable. The last few years have been difficult ones for retail stores, and it makes sense that a few of the locations that seemed like a good choice initially have turned out to be less than optimal. Other store closings — consumer electronics and otherwise — have drastically altered the landscape of many malls and shopping centers around the country.

The surprise for me is the shift to “Factory Outlet.” I know Americans love a good bargain, but is this the image that Sony wants? I have seen the high-end Bose stores in some outlet complexes, but those have puzzled me too. Sony used to have the reputation of a top-end brand. You could get a Sony, or you could settle for something less. (The Sony Trinitron CRT televisions and computer monitors were prime examples of this top shelf status.)

Now you find Sony HDTVs in Walmart. I understand the need to go where the shoppers are, but I always felt that this deal raised Walmart’s status at the expense of Sony’s. So the decision to create “Factory Outlet” stores sends the wrong signal. It puts Sony in the same bargain basement boat as the clothing retailers who set up outlets to move their overstocked and discontinued products. It seems to me that Sony is headed in the wrong direction with their new retail strategy.

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Crackle starts streaming all of its free movies to Roku, PS3, Sony TVs and Blu-ray players

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Sony’s Crackle has had a more successful life so far than its previous iteration as Grouper, streaming movies, TV shows and shorts to various devices since launching back in ’07 and announced today its full library will be streaming to the PS3, Roku boxes, Sony Blu-ray players and Bravia TVs. Expanding full access from just the Google TV (there’s also an Android app that currently streams some of the items) it’s taking credit as the only provider offering free full length flicks including Ghostbusters, Bad Boys, A Few Good Men and more for free on these platforms. The drawbacks are video that tops out at 480p standard definition and Hulu-style commercial interruptions but if you absolutely must watch Weekend at Bernies II without spending any money it is an option — at least, as long as the PS3 browser doesn’t crash with an out of memory error like it did for us. It did work better on more capable platforms, so check out the full details in the press release after the break.

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LG woos Sony while it battles with Samsung over which 3D is best

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The fight between the active shutter glasses 3D technology favored by TV manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic and Sony against the Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) passive glasses 3D technology being pushed by LG got uglier this week. The Wall Street Journal points out LG’s print ads currently running in Korea (they could be running here already, but we’d have to read physical magazines or newspapers to know for sure) claim that unlike the competition, it will work even when viewers lay down on their sides, though the effect may be slightly weakened. Samsung responded by citing experts recommending keeping your head horizontal to watch 3D since the cameras used to film it are aligned horizontally, and an executive apparently called LG’s engineers “stupid” at a press conference, although reports of a “yo mama so fat” diss could not be confirmed.

Of course, since these are the world’s two biggest TV manufacturers, they sell to end users and other manufacturers like Sony, which Reuters reports LG is waiting to hear from about using its technology in the future. Sony and Samsung are already tight when it comes to LCD manufacturing but it’s obvious LG is looking for a few more friends to line up alongside Vizio, Toshiba and Philips (which just announced its latest displays using active and passive glasses.) But back to the end users for a moment, if anyone’s going to buy any of these 3DTVs, it may be wise to start selling consumers on why the feature is worthwhile at all and pointing out the growing amount of content — this week’s Big East basketball tournament, Killzone 3, the NBA Finals or Blu-ray 3D releases like Tron: Legacy — before folks decide just waiting for 4D would be the wisest choice.

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Sony Reveals New 3D-Compatible Line Of A/V Receivers

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

HotHardware: It seems that the high-end home theater trend has started to fizzle somewhat, but those that have already invested in a home cinema of their own are obviously interested in keeping it…



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New Sony Dxx20 7.1 receivers bundle iPhone docks, Slacker

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

 
iPodNN: Sony on Wednesday revamped its AV receivers for 2011 with four seven-channel models that lean heavily on the purely digital side of media. Aside from the entry DH520, the DH720, DH820 and…



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New Sony HDTVs come with 500GB hard drives on board

Monday, February 14th, 2011

DVICE: Who wants a separate DVR? With three new models of Sony TVs, you won’t need one, as they come with 500GB hard drives built right in. Not enough? You can expand them via external hard…



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Sony unveils massive MDR-XB1000 headphones in Japan

Friday, January 28th, 2011

 
iPodNN: Sony Japan has introduced over-ear headphones that features the largest drivers so far available — 70mm, or 2.75 inches in diameter — called the MDR-XB1000, aimed at fans of…



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Sony Bows HandyCam Camcorders with Built-in Projector: HDR-PJ50V, HDR-PJ30V, HDR-PJ10

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Sony innovates with new Handycam models featuring an integrated LCD-mounted projector capable of throwing a 60-inch image.

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Sony unveils new HomeShare network speakers, iPhone docks, and Wi-Fi universal remote

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Engadget: We haven’t heard much about Sony’s HomeShare wireless networking protocol since the initial buzz in 2008, but based on today’s announcements, it’s fairly clear that…



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Speaker Sale: Sony SA-VS150H Home Theater Package: $239.99 Shipped (Today Only)

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Amazon is currently listing this 5.1 speaker package for 66 percent off the list price — but you’d better buy it quick!

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CES: Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony flagship navigation head units

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

 
In the midst of a hall packed with countless car audio and multimedia devices were the latest offerings to come from major brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood and Sony. While some brands appear to have…



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Sony buys back Toshiba’s Cell plant for 50 billion yen, makes a killing and plans a CMOS fab

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Looks like Toshiba’s Cell processor ambitions didn’t quite pan out — Japanese news sources are reporting that the company’s selling its Nagasaki manufacturing plant back to Sony for 50 billion yen, or roughly 7 million in US money. Considering that Toshiba originally purchased the semiconductor facility for 100 90 billion yen (then 5 million) back in 2008, it seems like Sony’s making out like a bandit here — and it may have just found the perfect place to build more CMOS chips for its high-end camera lineup, too. Sony reportedly told the Nikkei Business Daily that it may repurpose the facility to produce HD image sensors for cameras and smartphones. What will happen to the chip that launched 40 million PS3s and a graphics co-processor or two? With any luck, we’ll find out at CES 2011 quite soon.

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Sony Integrates HDTV with PS2

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Looking for the ideal holiday gift for a college student or someone living in a small flat? Note that I say “flat” instead of “apartment” because this new set is only available in the United Kingdom at this point. Sony has rolled out the new KDL-22PX300, a 22″ LCD HDTV with a built-in PS2 video game console. This one device will let you watch television, watch Blu-ray high definition movies, play video games, and thanks to the Ethernet network port, get content streamed from the Internet. And there are even ports that let you use it as a monitor for a personal computer.

One problem with integrated devices such as this is that if one component fails, you have to take the whole thing in for servicing. On the other hand, it saves space and costs less than separate parts. This has been the crux of the argument over compact versus component stereo systems for years, and it applies just as well to integrated HDTVs. In my opinion, these devices have become incredibly reliable and I would not hesitate to buy an integrated device if I had a setting that would benefit from one.

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Sony Outsources More HDTV Production

Monday, December 6th, 2010

HDTV may be in Sony’s DNA, according to the company’s marketing campaign, but it appears that they are turning more and more to surrogate parents to produce their offspring. A recent report in DigiTimes indicates that Sony will increase its use of LCD panels made by other companies from 30% to 50%, relying primarily on the Taiwanese companies such as CMI. This means that half of Sony’s HDTVs won’t have Sony LCD panels inside.

This is just one more sign that the once-dominant Japanese electronic industry continues to lose ground in the worldwide markets. Sony also recently disclosed that it would not increase its share of the new Sharp Gen 10 plant from 7% to 34% as originally planned. Electronics production has moved to Korea and Taiwan, and now there are signs that mainland China could take over the top production role before too long.

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Black Friday 3D TV Bundle: Sony 55-inch LED TV (KDL55NX810) with PS3, 3D Glasses and Movie: $2499.97

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

TigerDirect is serving up the ultimate 3D package, with a TV, gaming, glasses, a movie, and much more.

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Black Friday 3D TV Deals: Free Blu-ray 3D Player, 3-D Glasses with Samsung, Sony and Toshiba 3DTVs

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Black Friday comes early this year! Amazon has FOUR different deals to help you kick-start your holiday shopping.

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HDTV Deal: Sony 52-inch KDL-52NX800 1080p BRAVIA LED HDTV: $1520 Shipped

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Sears is offering a big discount on one of Sony’s big BRAVIA HDTVs, with the option to save even more via our exclusive coupon!

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Rumor: Steve Jobs eyes Sony acquisition

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

TG Daily: Is the venerable Steve Jobs and his trusty band of acolytes plotting a hostile takeover or acquisition of Sony with Club Cupertino’s billion war chest?
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Sony Movie Channel pops up on DirecTV

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Already available on U-verse and Dish Network, Sony Movie Channel is now also on DirecTV. According to DirecTV’s official Twitter account, subscribers with the HD Extras Package can find it on channel 562. We haven’t heard much about the network since its recent launch, but we do love Ghostbusters II, so it’s probably worth a shot. also notable is that Sony Movie Channel’s Twitter handle mentioned an online VOD arm accessible via TV provider login is in the works, so keep an eye out for that too.

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Sony Unveils Three New BRAVIA LED 3D TV Models

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

In time for the season kick-off next month, Sony will trot out three new 3D-ready LED HDTV sets in its NX810 line line ranging in size from 46 to 60 inches.

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Sony announces two new 3D Bravia TVs

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

3Dradar: Sony has announced two new 3D Bravia TVs this week, both due for release later in 2010.
The latest models – the NX713 and NX813 – feature dynamic edge LED backlighting, with Motionflow 100Hz…



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Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Well, that was quick. Right after yesterday’s surprising announcement, Sony flew its yet-to-be-released NEX-VG10 camcorder into London just in time for today’s showcase event. Naturally, we had to get our hands on this shiny baby, and boy we were impressed. In case you missed the news, this snazzy Handycam’s the world’s first HD camcorder with interchangeable lens, meaning you can share E-mount lenses with your young NEX DSLRs, or take advantage of the abundant A-mount lenses with the help of an adapter. Likewise, there are also hot and cold shoe mounts on the mic shaft to cater your current camera accessories. Read on for our thoughts on the rest of the camcorder — we’ve put together a little sample clip for you at the end as well.

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Sony: PS3 is ‘future-proofed for 3D’

Monday, July 12th, 2010

3D Radar: Sony believes that people looking at what console to buy should take into consideration that the PlayStation 3 is ‘futureproofed in terms of 3D.’
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Sony Develops 240fps Single Lens 3D Camera

Monday, July 12th, 2010


Sony announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology capable of recording “natural and smooth” 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports, at 240fps.

The new technology combines an optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously, together with existing high frame rate (HFR) recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 review

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

TechRadar: The Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 makes a big impact right out of the box, with its slender profile thanks to edge LED lighting and Sony’s single-layer ‘Monolithic’ fascia. Our…



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Sony Expands ES Line with Blu-ray 3D Player, 3D-Ready Home Theater Receivers

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The company commits itself a little more to the 3D movement, announcing four products specifically designed with the custom market in mind.

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Sony iPod Dock and Digital Wireless Speakers: $165 Shipped – Today Only!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Amazon is kicking off the holiday weekend a bit early, rocking us with this extremely affordable, wireless audio package.

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Sony announces surround sound system for PS3

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Electronista: Sony in a quiet E3 move said it has developed an add-on audio system for the PS3 that provides surround sound for games, Blu-ray movies, and other stereoscopic 3D content. The ZVS1…



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Discovery, Sony and IMAX to Launch 24/7 3D Television Network in the U.S.

Friday, June 11th, 2010


Discovery Communications, Sony and IMAX announced a joint venture to be established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network in the U.S.

Discovery, Sony, through its U.S. affiliate, Sony Corporation of America, and IMAX each will be equal partners in the joint venture. According to the companies, it will be launched in the U.S., with a goal of “driving consumer adoption of 3D televisions and giving the network long-term leadership in the 3D home marketplace.” In the future, the companies also will explore international distribution opportunities in selected markets.

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Sony Develops a “Rollable” OTFT-driven OLED Display

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Sony announced today that it developed a super-flexible 80 μm-thick 4.1-in 121 ppi OTFT-driven full color OLED display which can be wrapped around a thin cylinder.

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Sony Introduces The PIIQ Series Of Fashionable Headphones

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Übergizmo: Headphones don’t have to be boring and unexciting, and Sony certainly understands this as the company has announced its new PIIQ line of headphones that claim to merge quality sound…



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