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That's the Asia/Pacific region SW version ("for use with the products identified and sold in Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle East & Africa, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand or Vietnam"). Specific firmware versions can vary among models and regions.

My U.S. model XBR-55HX929 has SW version PKG4.027AAA, and shows no updates available. Confirmed on the Sony product support webpage:



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Yeah December 2014. I don't believe this TV has ever had a single update, so I was trying to actually update it.
What firmware version is your set currently running (see Settings > Product Support > Contact Sony) and where are you located? Also, which specific Sony model do you have?

Are you connecting the TV directly to your router via ethernet cable prior to attempting the update?

If you are in the U.S., have an earlier FW version, and want to upgrade to PKG4.027AAA, it should be doable over a reliable internet connection.

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I have successfully connected the TV to the internet both through WiFi and ethernet but with no updates able to be fetched. The model is the XBR-55HX929 with software PKG3.507AAA, and I'm in California.
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I have successfully connected the TV to the internet both through WiFi and ethernet but with no updates able to be fetched. The model is the XBR-55HX929 with software PKG3.507AAA, and I'm in California.
In that case I would email Sony Support with your issue. It seems to me an anomaly that your set cannot find and download the FW update.

(Sorry for the delayed response; I was away on vacation.)

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In that case I would email Sony Support with your issue. It seems to me an anomaly that your set cannot find and download the FW update.

(Sorry for the delayed response; I was away on vacation.)
No worries. I was on the phone with tech support going through all this and didn't get anywhere which is why I came here to ask you folks if you had any tips.

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No worries. I was on the phone with tech support going through all this and didn't get anywhere which is why I came here to ask you folks if you had any tips.
Sorry to hear that. I would persist (try the email option) until I got a reasonable response from them. Sony customer support has been spotty (at best) for years now , and persistence is often a requirement.

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While I still use and love my 929 and dare I say, trouble free. But my urges have got the best of me I ordered an LG OLED 55B6P so the 929 goes to the bedroom and the XBR8 goes to my daughter.

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I still love mine, but I also told myself if I saw something that blew me away then I would Jump, and after seeing this set I was convinced, so here I go.

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While I still use and love my 929 and dare I say, trouble free. But my urges have got the best of me I ordered an LG OLED 55B6P so the 929 goes to the bedroom and the XBR8 goes to my daughter.
Congratulations to you and to a very lucky daughter! I'm sure that you will enjoy the upgrade, although there will be trade-offs (most good, some bad) going from a top-notch FALD LCD to a current-generation OLED display.

My own 55HX929 (as well as my 46HX729 in the bedroom) continues to perform flawlessly, but I also am looking to upgrade to UHD and to a bigger screen in the process. Although I've been tempted by the 75X940D at its reduced pricing, my current plan is to get the 65Z9D and I'm hoping to hold out until it's available from an authorized reseller for a net of less than 4K.

Together with an OPPO UDP-203 (for which I am wait-listed), the video improvements for movie-watching promise to be substantial.

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While I still use and love my 929 and dare I say, trouble free. But my urges have got the best of me I ordered an LG OLED 55B6P so the 929 goes to the bedroom and the XBR8 goes to my daughter.
You have good taste. I have an XBR8 and a 929 as well. Those new OLEDs are slick. To the other poster, what are the drawbacks of making the switch?

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You have good taste. I have an XBR8 and a 929 as well. Those new OLEDs are slick. To the other poster, what are the drawbacks of making the switch?
This is the dedicated Sony HX929 thread and therefore not the appropriate forum for a prolonged discussion of OLED vs. LCD, so suffice it to say that there are almost always trade-offs between competing technologies. Some of the trade-offs in this case are screen size, price, peak brightness, burn-in/image retention, and product life. For a more detailed analysis see, for example, here.

Personally, I am planning to stick with Sony, which has restricted its consumer display products to LCD (despite producing SOTA professional OLED monitors). The current Sony flagship LCD TV's (75X940D and X9D's) have narrowed the gap in black level, which has probably been the main advantage of OLED in terms of PQ besides viewing angle. My own opinion is that OLED, while promising, is not yet a mature technology compared to LCD and therefore less tempting; I don't doubt that LCD will eventually go the way of plasma, but by that time I believe it will be pushed out of the market by a new iteration of OLED or perhaps a successor technology.

I'll just add that, other than specific usage requirements, IMO it comes down to personal preference as to which type of TV will best meet your needs.
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While I still use and love my 929 and dare I say, trouble free. But my urges have got the best of me I ordered an LG OLED 55B6P so the 929 goes to the bedroom and the XBR8 goes to my daughter.
Congrats on the OLED. I too am still very happy with my 929 but have also been looking seriously at the LG OLED line. I'd love to hear your thoughts after you purchase it.

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I too am sticking with the HX850 and HX 929 i have.
but walking into costco and viewing a 4K 65" at under $1000 was a surprise.
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Internet browser function no longer working. Havent used the browser for years but my connection is solid and Amazon, Netflix, etc. all work fine. But when I go to the menu and hit internet browser it just spins for hours and locks me out of all other functions. Have to unplug the power cord. I was just trying to bring up something on youtube and google. Any ideas? Thanks! MM

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Internet browser function no longer working. Havent used the browser for years but my connection is solid and Amazon, Netflix, etc. all work fine. But when I go to the menu and hit internet browser it just spins for hours and locks me out of all other functions. Have to unplug the power cord. I was just trying to bring up something on youtube and google. Any ideas? Thanks! MM

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In all the years I have the set, I never got that browser working. It would come up, but it would display and load so slowly, it was totally useless. And didn't it always go to the Sony website, which either wouldn't load or would take 20 minutes, before it would let you enter a different URL?

You'd be much better off just plugging a PC or Mac into the TV via HDMI.
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I agree with you, this TV was never meant to be a smart TV. But, I love the picture quality and the design, and I'm still enjoying it...


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In all the years I have the set, I never got that browser working. It would come up, but it would display and load so slowly, it was totally useless. And didn't it always go to the Sony website, which either wouldn't load or would take 20 minutes, before it would let you enter a different URL?

You'd be much better off just plugging a PC or Mac into the TV via HDMI.
Agree, any bluray player now will give you most streaming apps. If you want you to have a browser, I recently built an Intel NUC machine. It's not much bigger than an apple tv. Very cool, but a little pricey, you need to add memory, storage and OS.
Although the lower end pentium version now includes 2g memory and windows 10.

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I really do enjoy the Sony TV's. One feature that many people overlook, especially if you are a DX'er is that Sony allows you to add Digital Channels without "loosing" the already stored channels for OTA. This is a MUST for me.

I still have my 40XBR1 and HX929 running smoothly.

Just ordered the Sony 55XBR930C, from AAFES, as this model is on a promo that NONE of internet or local stores can match.

I really wonder HOW MUCH better or improved the 4K line of TV really are. (Soon to find out)
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Thanks for the input. The built-in Netflix and Amazon apps seem to work fine for me. For browsing I guess I can borrow my wife's laptop and plug it in.

I've got my 55HX929 downstairs and a 47W802A in the bedroom. I've looked at some 4K sets in the stores, including the LG 55EF9500 OLED and none I've seen compare with the overall PQ of my 929.
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I do not think the 929 outputs a Dolby Digital signal when viewing Netlix titles, and required me to purchase blu ray player with the updated features to perform this task.

Sony has done a terrible job at updating the Apps on their TV's.

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Thanks for the input. The built-in Netflix and Amazon apps seem to work fine for me. For browsing I guess I can borrow my wife's laptop and plug it in.

I've got my 55HX929 downstairs and a 47W802A in the bedroom. I've looked at some 4K sets in the stores, including the LG 55EF9500 OLED and none I've seen compare with the overall PQ of my 929.
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They haven't done a terrible job - they've done NO job, since AFAIK, they've NEVER updated the apps and there hasn't been an update for the TV at all in several years, right? Since they only use Android on their newer sets (which I personally was disappointed by), they probably shut down the team that did the proprietary interface and app development.

I never tried using Netflix directly from the TV. I use it from my OPPO Blu-ray player, which has a much better interface. But the OPPO has limitations as well in terms of the variety of streaming apps that it supports.

Someone still needs to pull all the streaming apps together. I thought Apple might have done that, but they don't seem much better than any other solution so far. While I don't personally use any Amazon streaming, obviously millions of people do and it doesn't make sense that it's not available as a streaming app on various non-Amazon devices.
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They haven't done a terrible job - they've done NO job, since AFAIK, they've NEVER updated the apps and there hasn't been an update for the TV at all in several years, right? Since they only use Android on their newer sets (which I personally was disappointed by), they probably shut down the team that did the proprietary interface and app development.

Yep...Sony's "hay-day" is in the past; even the wheel Game's Pat and Vanna will soon be gone. The reward points from that show used to be a cool thing, but now they're non-existant. Seems like it all went belly-up about the time the SXRD and it's suit-prone design that had to have cost them a bundle. On top of that, all the site hacks. It's a shame; used to be an A+1 Company. Sony has always been a big part of the American entertainment landscape.

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They haven't done a terrible job - they've done NO job, since AFAIK, they've NEVER updated the apps and there hasn't been an update for the TV at all in several years, right? Since they only use Android on their newer sets (which I personally was disappointed by), they probably shut down the team that did the proprietary interface and app development.

I never tried using Netflix directly from the TV. I use it from my OPPO Blu-ray player, which has a much better interface. But the OPPO has limitations as well in terms of the variety of streaming apps that it supports.

Someone still needs to pull all the streaming apps together. I thought Apple might have done that, but they don't seem much better than any other solution so far. While I don't personally use any Amazon streaming, obviously millions of people do and it doesn't make sense that it's not available as a streaming app on various non-Amazon devices.
PCs and video game consoles offer the best in terms of streaming apps in my opinion. Of course PCs have basically no limits and can even be configured to stream stuff from outside your region.

I use a Win 10 PC on my 929 for Netflix, but it is also my primary PC monitor.

In the family room on the Samsung, we have a PS4 and an Xbox One. Both offer great streaming options and Netflix is great on both. These also see regular updates to the app since the install base for the consoles is very large.

I'm in Canada, so we don't have as many streaming options as the U.S., but I'd imagine all the major streaming sites are supported on at least the PS4. I prefer the Xbox One because of the ability to integrate the cable box in to it, but if you don't have a cable box and are streaming only, then the PS4 is the superior gaming machine.

The PS4 offers fantastic bluray playback, but the new Xbox One-S has a 4K bluray player which is compatible with all bluray discs and you can playback 4K discs on a 1080p TV. You obviously don't get the resolution increase, but on the 929 I think the colours are better from the 4K discs. Also, you can now start buying 4K discs for that future 4K TV set.

Note that the Xbox One is fully compatible with Harmony remote systems. The PS4 is not fully compatible with Harmony remotes but they sell a PS4 specific remote from Sony.

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