SOURCE: Sony Europe

Sony Europe

January 06, 2010 19:30 ET

New Blu-ray Disc Home Cinema Range From Sony Brings Total Entertainment to Your Living Room

Styled to Match the New Monolithic BRAVIA TV Range, With 3D Viewing and Internet Video Streaming

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 6, 2010) - CES

Sony has a complete new range of 5.1-channel and 2.1-channel Blu-ray Disc™ home entertainment systems for 2010, and each model offers advanced features designed to fully exploit the audio-visual experience. New features include:

--  Full HD 3D movie playback to experience incredible life-like action
--  Unique Monolithic Design Concept to perfectly match and complement
    new BRAVIA TV models
--  BRAVIA Internet Video, giving easy access to 'catch-up' TV and
    streamed internet services
--  DLNA capability via firmware update for streaming music, video and
    photos on a home network
--  Exclusive HD-D.C.S. (Digital Cinema Sound) technology from Sony for
    dynamic sound effects of a movie theatre into your home
    

All 5.1-channel and 2.1-channel surround sound systems feature Blu-ray Disc playback, DVD upscaling, the award winning XrossMediaBar™ (XMB™) on-screen menu and Internet streaming, allowing access to a wide range of on-demand content. They all have a slimline, minimalist look to match the stylish new BRAVIA® models.

The range-topping BDV-IZ1000W is able to play 3D content from Blu-ray via the latest 3D enabled TVs.

BDV-IZ1000W: clean, elegant looks and access to a world of entertainment

The BDV-IZ1000W is one of the first all-in-one Sony home entertainment systems ready to play high-definition 3D content from Blu-ray Disc, and can also access a world of online video entertainment from the BRAVIA Internet Video platform.

BRAVIA Internet Video lets you watch the programmes you missed on popular 'catch-up' TV services. Catch-up TV is one of Europe's fastest growing trends and means you can enjoy full-screen re-runs of your favourite TV shows at times that suit you.

There's also a whole world of free, on-demand videos to explore from sharing websites such as YouTube™, Dailymotion™, Wired™ and many more. There's no need to hook up your PC or watch on a cramped screen; you can quickly access new videos and services as they're added and stream full-screen content direct to your TV.

The BDV-IZ1000W also includes Entertainment Database Browser by Sony to access disc cover art, actor, and production information, as well as IP Content Noise Reduction technology and Precision Cinema HD Upscaling to improve standard definition and web video quality.

DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certification also means the Blu-ray system is able to stream content from a wide range of external devices and can be controlled with its own universal remote control or with an iPod touch or iPhone. Unique to the new cinema systems from Sony home entertainment, users with an iPhone or iPod touch can control the players using a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app allows an iPhone or iPod touch to function as a remote control and includes the ability to access a Blu-ray disc's details such as jacket artwork, actor, and production information as well as search for additional video clips online.

The BDV-IZ1000W delivers the full home cinema experience via five ultra slim speakers, using a virtual 7.1 wireless rear speaker system and 1000W of S-Master full digital technology by Sony. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) provides perfect, simple and accurate set-up, while HD-D.C.S. (Digital Cinema Sound) uses sound recordings from Sony Pictures Entertainment studios to recreate an at-the-movies experience in your living room.

Two HDMI inputs allow connection of other entertainment devices such as cable/satellite set-top boxes or PlayStation®3, so they too can be experienced in glorious surround sound.

The BDV-IZ1000W will be joined by more 5.1-channel Sony home entertainment systems during 2010, all with BRAVIA Internet Video streaming, the Gracenote-based Entertainment Database Browser, iPod and WALKMAN® playback over USB, DLNA compatibility* and iPod touch or iPhone control. These are:

BDV-E370

--  Four satellite speakers with 850W total output power and HD audio codecs
--  DCAC for simple set-up and flexible speaker placement
--  Minimalistic Monolithic Design Concept
--  Enjoy catch-up TV services and Internet videos with BRAVIA Internet Video
--  Wireless LAN Ready (UWA-BR100 USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
--  Watch your DVD movies in near HD quality with Precision Cinema Upscale
--  Gracenote® Entertainment Database Browser
--  Use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control
    

BDV-E870

--  Two tall speakers with 1000W total output power and HD audio codecs
--  DCAC for simple set-up and flexible speaker placement
--  Minimalistic Monolithic Design Concept
--  Enjoy catch-up TV services and Internet videos with BRAVIA Internet Video
--  Wireless LAN Ready (UWA-BR100 USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
--  Watch your DVD movies in near HD quality with Precision Cinema Upscale
--  Gracenote® Entertainment Database Browser
--  Use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control
    

BDV-E970W

--  Four tall speakers with 1000W total output power and HD audio codecs
--  DCAC for simple set-up and flexible speaker placement
--  Wireless rear speakers for clutter free home cinema
--  Minimalistic Monolithic Design Concept
--  Enjoy catch-up TV services and Internet videos with BRAVIA Internet Video
--  Wireless LAN Ready (UWA-BR100 USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
--  Watch your DVD movies in near HD quality with Precision Cinema Upscale
--  Gracenote® Entertainment Database Browser
--  Use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control
    

BDV-F700: Blu-ray Disc and media streaming in a stylish 2.1-channel package

For those users wanting the complete home cinema system experience in a simple package, Sony has launched the BDV-F700. It uses two ultra slim floorstanding speakers and a vertical main unit with illumination LED, plus S-Force Front Surround technology by Sony and 400W of S-Master digital amplification, to deliver superb virtual surround from a room-friendly design.

It can also stream music and video content via BRAVIA Internet Video, is fully DLNA compliant*, and has the Gracenote-powered Entertainment Database Browser.

You can play your iPod or WALKMAN MP3 player through it using a USB cable, and even control the system using an iPod/iPhone app.

The BDV-F700 will be joined by the BDV-F500 which uses desktop or wall mount speakers, and has 350W of S-Master amplification.

All the new home cinema models will be launched during 2010 starting with BDV-E370 and BDV-E870 in March, BDV-F500 and BDV-F700 in April, BDV-E970W in June and BDV-IZ1000W in September.

* via firmware update

Product images are available on www.sony-europe.com/presscenter (section Press Releases or Media Library)

About Sony:

Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world's leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.

Through its long-term football partnerships as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, Official FIFA Partner until 2014 and global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010 and 2014, Sony is inspiring a sense of excitement for the millions of football fans around the world.

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