Sony BRAVIA Internet Video and Qriocity
by Sophia Schmidt, Contributor
Sony is taking a completely different approach to home entertainment than most other HDTV manufacturers. Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video brings streamlined channels to users, ranging from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, NPR, Pandora, Amazon Video on Demand, Wired, Yahoo! Finance, News and Weather, facebook, twitter and Sony's own movie, and soon-to-be music, option, Qriocity.
A subset of BRAVIA Internet Video is the BRAVIA Internet Widgets, which are information screens for news, sports scores, social media updates and more that appear directly on the Sony BRAVIA HDTV series. Users can customize the widgets to show, for instance, local weather reports.
The Sony Qriocity platform gives users direct access to the latest movie releases and select favorites from every major movie studio. Once signed up to the Qriocity service, users can enjoy watching material from any Sony device. Given Sony's history of devices like the Walkman, it's no surprise that Sony has plans to add music to their Qriocity lineup. Users can upload their own personal music library, have access to millions more songs through any Sony device and hear new music based on their listening history. Music videos on demand will be another important component of the Qriocity offering.
BRAVIA Internet Video is available on Sony BRAVIA HDTVs including: NSX-40GT1, NSX-46GT1, NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1 and NSZ-GT1. Select Sony Blu-ray devices, Sony's Network Media Player, SMP-N100 and the Sony Dash Personal Internet Viewer also give users access to Sony BRAVIA Internet Video.
Here is an updated look at Sony's internet TV features: Sony Smart Internet TV; aka Sony Entertainment Network