Posts Tagged ‘Blu-ray’

Sony Internet TV Now Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Sony’s line of Internet TVs compatible with Google TV is now available for pre-order.

At a launch event today, Sony announced pricing and size information. Sony Internet TVs range from 24 – 46 inches, and from $599 to $1,399. See the pricing info below.

Model Size Price
NSX-24GT1 24″ $599.99
NSX-32GT1 32″ $799.99
NSX-40GT1 40″ $999.99
NSX-46GT1 46″ $1,399.99

Sony offers a comparison chart to show what the Internet TV has over other vendors, including Apple TV. It is a bit skewed at this point, since the other vendors (excluding Apple) have yet to announce specs on their upcoming devices. As for Sony’s offering, check out the specs:

  • Google TV built in
  • Seamless search across TV & Internet
  • Dual View
  • Full Browser
  • QWERTY Keypad Remote
  • Upgradeable OS
  • Synch Phone & Control TV
  • Downloadable Apps

The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player has all of the above features plus a couple more. There is the obvious Blu-ray Disc Player, and it connects to your existing HDTV.

Sony Internet TV is available now for pre-order on It will be available in Sony Style stores by the weekend. Best Buy will start carrying it on October 24. Welcome to the future of television. Sony will be the first among many other Google TV compatible televisions. I wasn’t terribly interested in 3-D TV, but the Internet TV by Sony is definitely worth a look.

Star Wars Heading to Blu-ray…in Fall 2011

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Star Wars Celebration is in progress, and there have been some fun announcements. The Motorola Droid 2 is getting an R2D2 edition (unfortunately the one matching the leaked images), and now a Blu-ray announcement.

According to all 6 movies will come as a boxed set in the Fall of 2011. It was announced in an interview between John Stewart and George Lucas. The discs are said to contain extensive special features. Among them is a scene much discussed by Star Wars nerds such as myself. Luke Skywalker is shown building his lightsaber at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. It is said to be pretty dark, as Luke is determining which path to take. Mark Hamill, Mr. Luke Skywalker himself, made the announcement of the added scene.

There are few DVDs I feel I actually must own on Blu-ray. Among them are the original Star Wars trilogy, the full-length Lord of the Rings trilogy, and a few historical-type movies like Last of the Mohicans and Braveheart. The rest are nice, but most of them are simply re-mastered for the new format. Star Wars is something that seems made for Blu-ray, so fans everywhere are pretty excited that it is now official. There are promised updates coming in the future, so stay tuned for more information.

PS3 Preps for 3-D

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Sony released an update for the Playstation 3. PS3 3.30 adds a couple new features, among the more notable is a preparation for 3-D. Here are the improvements according to the PlayStation blog:

  • Trophy Updates – You can now sort a variety of ways based on date trophy was earned among other criteria
  • 3-D prep – When the 3-D Bravia televisions are released, PS3 will be ready for it with 3-D support

The trophy updates seem pretty self-explanatory. I don’t check my trophies too often since I have it connected to my Facebook wall and don’t want to un-necessarily spam my friends. I try to save it for when I actually accomplish something. I’ll play with the sorting options tonight and post an update here. On to the 3-D part.

We knew that 3-D support would be coming, so it isn’t a surprise that this was part of the upgrade. According to Sony, this is the first of two 3-D upgrades. The first is for 3-D gaming. Another firmware update will allow playback of 3-D Blu-ray discs. Both are tied into the upcoming release of 3-D televisions.

I am still not sure that 3-D is going to be worth the effort, but the manufacturers are betting on it. It will be interesting to see where this goes in the next year or so. Until then, I’ll enjoy my 2-D Blu-ray discs.