Sony Adds BBC iPlayer To 2010 Bravia HDTVs

Jonathan Sutton

Sony has finally incorporated the highly popular BBC iPlayer on-demand catch up service into the Bravia Internet Video platform on some of their HDTV sets, fulfilling a promise the company made when it launched its 2010 range of Bravia HDTVs earlier this year.

Through a firmware update, owners of certain Sony Bravia HDTV displays with integrated Freeview HD tuner will be able to enjoy BBC iPlayer content directly on their internet-connected television sets. The Sony Bravia HDTV range which will benefit from this firmware update include the EX403, EX503, EX603, EX703, EX713, HX703, HX803, HX903, NX503, NX703, NX803 and LX903 series.

Having been implemented on some of the company’s hardware devices like the Playstation 3 (PS3), Blu-ray players and home cinema systems, it was only a matter of time before the BBC TV catch-up service also found its way onto Sony internet-enabled HDTVs. Viewers will be able to watch BBC iPlayer content for the previous 7 days using the Sony Xross Media Bar (XMB) interface.

Christian Brown, senior marketing manager of the Home Entertainment division at Sony, said that the company is “really excited” to have struck a partnership with BBC to deliver this “fantastic service” to most owners of its 2010 range of Bravia high-definition televisions. The addition of BBC iPlayer service would give Bravia HDTV owners more value-for-money, and the convenience of being able to watch and manage TV programmes via a few clicks on their remote controls.

Besides the BBC iPlayer, the Sony Bravia Internet Video connected TV platform also offers some useful applications such as Youtube, Lovefilm and Channel 5 on-demand services.

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