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Sony Takes IP Integration To New Level

During its CEDIA EXPO 2009 press conference last week in Atlanta, consumer electronics giant Sony said that the number of connected television sets will triple in 2010, which is why the next generation of its hallmark BRAVIA line will be wired for IP so user can enjoy Netflix, YouTube, Internet widgets, and RS232 control.

At CEDIA EXPO, Sony also debuted its new Elevated Standard audio/video receivers, including their first to offer control over an IP network, the STR-DA5500ES.

Both the STR-DA5500ES and new STR-DA3500ES are designed as solutions for delivering HD content to multiple rooms of the home. The new STR-DA5500ES model features IP network control allowing installers to integrate into Control4 home automation systems. The receiver also features automatic phase matching.

Ever since Blu-ray won the format wars and manufacturers have ramped up marketing efforts, Blu-ray sales have surged. Sony’s BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray model plays discs and DVDs, streams premium and free on-demand entertainment from the BRAVIA Internet Video platform including thousands of movies, TV programs, and music from YouTube, Slacker, and, later this fall, Netflix.