Sony Updates Bravia TVs: Improves YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Experience

hodg100

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Sony have been busy updating existing, and developing new, services for their internet connected Bravia TVs, from a 'Twitter Ticker' to a newly updated YouTube service. It seems Smart TV news is on a sharp incline at the moment and we don't see that changing any time soon.

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With the new firmware owners can enjoy High Definition videos from YouTube and Sony says the videos are 'further optimised by the advanced image-enhancing technologies already built in to the BRAVIA TV'. We assume they're referring to the Digital Reality Creation feature squirrelled away in the Picture Menus.

There's also updated Facebook support with the ability to view shared photos and videos in full screen on your TV. Owners can also now follow any URL links posted by their friends direct from the TV, as well as updating their status, sending messages and more.

Another feature new to BRAVIA TVs is Twitter Ticker where you can follow a real-time Twitter newsfeed scrolling along the bottom of the screen and keep tabs on your favourite tweets without missing a moment of your favourite TV show - although some of us find this extremely distracting! You can also share Track ID (powered by Gracenote) results straight to Twitter using the Track ID on the remote to find the title and artist, then pass on the results to friends and followers on Twitter at the touch of a button.

Owners can already use their smartphone or VAIO keyboard to control the TV and surf the web – and now they can use other laptops too. We're sorry but it begs the question, why - if you have your laptop out - would you be using the TV to look at the internet?

Note: This firmware update is available on 2011 models for BRAVIA TV only. (CX520, CX523, EX320, EX523, EX524, EX723, EX724, NX723, HX723, HX823 and HX923)
 

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