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Netflix video service expands to Sony Entertainment Network
Tuesday 24 April 2012 18:35:01 by Andrew Ferguson

The rise of the Internet enabled TV continues, with the news that Netflix is now available for Sony Bravia (2012 model) Internet enabled televisions as part of the Sony Entertainment Network.

The app should be available on all 2012 Bravia, Blu-ray and Blu-ray Home Theatre devices that have the Sony Entertainment Network on them. Earlier in 2012 the Netflix app was made available to Samsung Smart TVs.

In our recent poll on TV and Internet video viewing habits, while 36% still view internet TV/video on their personal computer, Internet enabled TV's prove more popular than games consoles (7% versus 4.1%). The full results of this poll will appear on our broadband blog shortly.

Comments

Posted by redrum217uk over 5 years ago
why just 2012? I got my internet Blu-ray in 2010, it has love film, 5 on demand, bbc i player and more. Can't see any reason why they couldn't bring netflix to it?
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
Surely anyone can see it's just another wheeze to force customers to Upgrade equipment. We had the same with "Look out for the digital tick" from retailers that wanted to shift old technology that was not HD.
Posted by asylum_seeker over 5 years ago
Its always better to buy a tv primarily for its PICTURE QUALITY first. That is what i did when i bought my Pioneer Kuro plasma and now have a Boxee Box connected to it which gives me apps such as Netflix USA (via vpn of course). Having said all this, Sony do make decent TVs.
Posted by alexatkinuk over 5 years ago
According to Sony this is Netflix fault as they used a different DRM in the UK to the US and current models are unable to support it at a hardware level.

I'm pretty upset myself as we have both a 2010 and a 2011 model Sony Blu-ray player and no WAY I'm buying a 2012 JUST to get Netflix.

I might get a Wii U and then use the Wii for Netflix in SD though. But its a shame as a fair bit of stuff on Netflix is in HD.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Not sure why only the latest models, it is possible the interface did not work so well.

Or maybe the highest quality streams drove the TV CPU too hard, or didn't have the memory.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@alexatkinuk now that makes sense.

Is netflix running MPEG DASH already?

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/21359/tech-companies-form-mpeg-dash-promo-group/

As its so new, a good chance that retro fitting to older models via firmware is not possible, or not worth the time/expense.
Posted by alexatkinuk over 5 years ago
As you might expect, no specifics were given.
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