Sony - Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player with Google TV
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- Player TypeBlu-ray Player
- Hard Drive Capacity8GB
- Maximum Output ResolutionHigh Definition up to 1080p
- Digital TunerNo
- HDMI Outputs1
- Digital Audio Outputs1
- DVI Outputs0
- USB PortYes
- Ethernet PortYes
- IR Blaster/RepeaterYes
- SD Card SlotNo
- Instant ContentGoogle TV
- BD LiveNo
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedUnknown
- Wi-Fi ReadyNo
- Wi-Fi Built InYes
- Surround Sound DecodersDolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS, AAC
- Smart Device CapabilitiesMultimedia Search|Web Browser|Instant Entertainment
- Smart CapableYes
Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 271 reviews(271 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Internet TV Done the Right Way!Posted .
I recently picked up this product and I must say, I was skeptical how this would fit into my normal, daily TV watching habits but now I can honestly say, it has changed the way I interact with the TV. The keyboard universal remote control that comes with it is awesome. I can control my Charter DVR and my Samsung LED HDTV with ease and in one place. Being able to just type in NFL in the universal search and it gives me the option to go to individual channels that are showing NFL content and also go to nfl.com and or go to my fantasy football league home page is very useful and smart. Also, it's a BLU-RAY player! The only bad thing I can say at this moment is that during the initial set up, I configured it and added my gmail account, connected to my network hen it needed to install an update and after it restarted, all my setting were rest again and I had to do it all over again. Made no sense. But besides that, I would recommend the Google TV to my friends. For my video walkthrough of this device, go to YouTube and search for "SoldierKnowsBest Google TV" and see the thing in action.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Worked great until it broke Blu-rays in halfPosted .
This unit worked great for the year and a half I've used it, until now. When trying to play a Blu-ray movie, I inserted the disc but the player did not make the familiar warm-up sound and a message appeared on-screen about the inability to play the disc. When I ejected the disc, it had been completely broken in half while inside the machine. Unsure if it was user error or mechanical malfunction, I inserted another healthy Blu-ray disc, which had a similar fate. This should never happen to a disc player and I am furious that a unit from a reputable company like Sony could do this. Buyers beware that this model may have serious issues after one year of use.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Google TV Does Not Work with Home Theatre SystemsPosted .
Do not buy Sony's Blu Ray with Google TV if you have a Home Theatre System and Time Warner Cable- Google TV does not work with AV Receivers. After following the setup directions and calling Sony Google TV Support, I found the Time Warner Motorola DCX 3400, TMCs Top HD DVR, connected to a Sony Google Blu Ray Player then to your home theatre receiver then to your TV gives you an HD Content Protection Error Preventing Google TV from displaying any tv channel. Sony Google TV Tech Support said there is no current solution if you are using a Home Theatre Receiver and Time Warner Cable Service. If you have a home theatre system, know that it will not work with Sony's Blu Ray Google TV and Time Warner Cable. Save yourself the wait in line to return this item.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Ok for those who know techPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Well had it for a little over a week now and still some draw backs but I like that it has a bluray. I am using it to write this review. I got it because of the name (Sony) and a bluray player. I got the Sony BDP-460 in the living room and wanted one in the bedroom. Now the remote does not cover all things (I have it hooked to a Samsung LN40B500P 40 inch and it will not control the volume). Does ok with my Comcast DVR and lets me do "basic" net surfing from the bed while watching tv. There are many plus & minus aspects of this unit. I would like a HD webcam for it yeah but I did not get the logitech because it had no bluray player. Yes it does have a HD camera but I (and my wife especially) need to use Skype to do video. Now I hope Sony and Google will get a HD webcam going on this unit and Skype gets something going on too or it is just a expensive "toy" bluray player. Also the zoom in chrome kinda sucks as this might be on a 40" tv but it's 10-11 feet away and I have to zoom some websites. I like FireFox better than Chrome and like in other reviews, no url bar,etc,etc. This is a 'basic' form of internet to tv and if you expect it to be like on a iMac or PC then you are wrong. The remote is ok but the optical mouse pointer should have been done with a 'pencil eraser' type back from the "old" days of laptops (would be more precise). It's ok if you can get one but do not think it will replace your laptop or desktop because neither the Sony or Logitech will. Like I said I am using the Sony remote to type this so it is not as laid out as I would from a regular keyboard. The Netflix is basic and not as good as the $99 Apple tv I got too (awesome little box and includes the HDMI cable) but I put that in my kids room so she can watch things we think are ok for her. I have been around computers (programming,admin,FE,etc) sine the days of when the first 'pc' (a Timex-Sinclair TI99) came out in 1978. So technology is what I know and I am in my early 40's, so adopting something new and unproven has it's up's and downs but if you can spend more than $150 bucks for a bluray and can handle any little distractions from true full blown net on your tv,then get one but if not, then go buy a netbook and sit there with it next to you.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Cool with some drawbacks.Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
First off let me say that I dropped it a star because they don't have a deal yet with Hulu. The second star I dropped because the performance and quality when watching video in the Chrome browser seems to be worse than when I was doing the same thing using a PC. I used to have a media PC that had much better hardware. Some video websites are much slower on this device. I couldn't get the RJ45 port to recognize the network. Not sure if its hardware or software. Haven't had time to call support Previous posters have mentioned you can only access your Netflix queue with this device. That is only half true. You can still go to Netflix in the browser like on a PC. The only drawback is that it seems if you watch the video in the browser it doesn't look as good if you use the Netflix application. So for now I am browsing and picking a movie, adding it to the queue and then watching it with the Netflix app. A little clunky but not too bad. The Good things: ---- Love. Love. Love the remote. No it probably won't work with all your devices but it is way easier to use than any wireless keyboard I have yet tried. Adesso, Logitech and Microsoft wireless keyboards. It is RF so you have line of site issues but over all very good. If you text using your cell phone it is a very easy transition to use this remote. Range is very good as well. My couch is approximately 12 feet from the TV. ---- I watched a Blu-ray movie on it and the picture and sound seem good. ---- I watched a DVD on it and there might be a small decrease in video quality vs my PC. ---- Much better looking than having a big computer sitting next to your television. I don't have cable service so I can't speak to that. When it is opened up to the Marketplace I expect it will be even better! Looking forward to running the NPR app I have on my phone on this device. I wouldn't recommend this device yet. Still I'm keeping mine. Almost decided to return it.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Great PotentialPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I had been wanting a Google TV device since they were released, but felt the asking price was too high. Fortunately, Best Buy had this unit on sale for Black Friday which knocked the price to $299. Needless to say, I bought one the day after thanksgiving. I also picked up the Best Buy extended warranty so I could be covered for 3 years. Likes: 1. I think the casing is very attractive and modern looking with the white and black two tones. I fits my futuristic display perfectly. I can see how some home theater fans would like it to be all black, but for my needs it was great. 2. Ease of hookup, I literally had this up and running in less than 30 minutes. It was very easy to connect and the online setup was a breeze. 3. Bluray play back is very good when playing Bluray movies. It does not up convert standard DVDs that well (3/2 pull down issues) but I don't think many people buy a Bluray player to play regular old DVDs anyway. My unit plays Blurays exclusively. Things to Improve: 1. Why did all the networks (Hulu, CBS, ABC, FOX etc) decide to block Google TV devices from accessing their online content? I was looking forward to dropping my cable bill, but for now I have to keep it as I cannot get many online options form my Google TV device. 2. I love to watch my TV in near dark conditions. Sadly the Sony Remote that comes with this unit does not have back lighting, so I am forced to keep a small desk lamp on to see what I am typing. 3. I have Time Warner Cable, and my DVR is not integrated with the Sony Bluray player. This functionality only works with Dish Network DVRs. This is really sad as I have to keep 2 remotes with me at all times, one for the Sony player and one for my cable box. I hope in the future, Sony adds support for other DVRs from Time Warner, Comcast, Cox and Direct TV. Overall I am happy with my purchase, for $299 I feel that it is an ok deal. For the masses to adopt this player, a price point of $199 would probably be a better fit. I hope that when the Android market place opens in 2011, we will start seeing more exciting features. I will be here waiting and watching bluray movies until that time!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Can't miss with Sony and GooglePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
It's hard to fully rate this product as all the features are not fully available yet (Android Marketplace early 2011, upgradeable OS and mobile phone remote) but the promise of those features was enough for me to rate the product as highly as I did. The Good: The installation was cake; HDMI in from the cable/dvr box, HMDI out to the TV or your home theatre system. For those concerned about the price, Sony did include an HDMI cable. It's important to note that you cannot use the unit without HDMI cables or an HDTV but you wouldn't even be interested in this product if you weren't already fully HD. The unit comes with "IR Blasters" so you are able to control your existing cable/dvr box and your Home Theatre system with the intuitive remote that's included. The only knock here is that the remote can't emulate all of your existing remotes functions so don't throw your old remotes out just yet but it can bring up your channel guides, DVR menus and control input, volume, channels and probably a lot more that I just haven't discovered yet. The experience is what you would expect from a Sony/Google pairing. The product is very user friendly in the YouTube/Facebook/ESPN world in which we live. Right out of the box you will find Netflix, Twitter, Pandora, Napster, and You Tube (with a cool new Leanback viewing mode). You can bookmark any page or TV channel for quick, one touch access to all your favorites. A built in picture in picture function allows you to continue watching TV while you surf the web. For those of you that say you can do the same with a laptop, I say you must be the only in your household who uses the internet. If you have multiple users and only one computer, this is a smart second device. The Not-so-Good: The price. I think it can and will be sold for much cheaper but I am fortunate enough to not have to wait months for the price to come down 50 or a hundred bucks. This could be a deal breaker for some especially when there are cheaper alternatives but again, you can't lose with Google and Sony. No 3D. And I'm not even that into 3D but clearly this is the future of video. I'm not smart enough to know if this something that can be upgraded later on. If it is, buy this product today! Marketplace is NOT available yet so if you're looking forward to installing all your favorite Android apps and running them on your big beautiful LED TV, don't get too excited just yet. Early 2011. Google Chrome is the native browser which is fine with me but if you are one of the millions of Zynga Facebook gamers (Frontiersville, Farmville, Mafia Wars, College Town), you already know Chrome has problems loading the games. You can't install IE. Imagine that. I would and will recommend this product to anyone who cares to ask. I think it's great out of the box but the potential for future enhancements makes it even more appealing. It's a smart, sexy device. The price is reasonable in my opinion for what you're getting but for those that are hesitant because of the price: premium product, premium price. For those of you that think Apple TV is the smart, cheaper alternative, you haven't done enough research. Well done, Sony.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice unit with just a few deficienciesPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this unit to replace Media PC that I put together a couple of years ago. The primary reasons were the ease of use for other family members and the fact that Netflix on the HTPC does not use any hardware acceleration (thank to Microsoft and Silverlight) and does not give a very good picture. The Sony unit looks great for Netflix and plays both DVDs and BluRay at excellent quality. The upconversion on the DVD is really good also and makes me wonder if buying anything BluRay is really necessary. I was initially reluctant about the remote control, but found it to be easy to use with very good functionality. The only gripe here is that it's an RF device instead of an IR, and so won't work with my Harmony remote. The system is easy to navigate and customize, and has some good apps out of the box. The ability to rent movies online through Amazon is convenient with very good quality. Netflix is the primary use, followed by playing DVD/BluRay, then showing family pictures, playing music from Google Music (this was great over Christmas), and even showing home movies from my PC for the family. Nicely interconnected with reasonable interfaces for all these. Google TV is not a bad interface, but we need a lot more apps in the store that make sense. Hulu is not available. I'd also like to see DVR capability added with an external hard drive, since all the other pieces are already there. Streaming videos from my PC works great also, and it turns out that the Media player interface on Windows 7 is DLNA compliant already. It's pretty nice to be able to rip a new movie to the PC and have it directly show up on the catalog in the media player application. This works much better than the Logitech model. Overall I'm happy with the unit. Yes, it's physically bigger than streaming-only devices, but it also has a disc player in the box.... Here's where it lacks: - Netflix video is great, but it's only supporting stereo sound at the moment, not 5.1. This is an annoyance, but one that needs to be short lived. It appears that this is a limitation of the netflix app, not the Sony box. - USB attached devices have to be FAT32 formatted to be recognized. Since each FAT partition can only be 32G, this means only about 5 full res videos on any one device. They really need to support a more modern standard, like NTFS, to allow a large catalog directly attached to the box. - I am bummed about not having the Dish Network app available on Google TV when it is available in the Android store for phones and tablets. This would allow me to access and control my Dish/Sling setup from a remote location, like at a cabin or in the RV. A better and more capable system than the Logitech Revue that I also tested, especially with the new Google TV release. It now is usable and a nice system that I anticipate only getting better.