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Netflix streams service through Sony's Bravia TVs

post #1 of 28
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Great win for Netflix and a brilliant move by Sony!

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Sony Bravia HDTVs will be the next hardware devices to feature Netflix streaming.

Starting this fall, Netflix subscribers who own Bravia TVs with built-in Web capabilities or Bravia sets with Sony's Internet video link accessory, will have access to more than 12,000 streaming movies and TV episodes.

At the same time, these Bravia models also will offer new Web programming from Demand Media and On Networks. Demand Media houses dozens of Web sites, including Lance Armstrong-founded Livestrong.com and the how-to resource eHow.com. On Networks creates such original Web series as Golf Tips, Play Value and Beautiful Places.

More than 25 providers of broadband-delivered programming are in Sony's Bravia TV stable, additionally including Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Sports Illustrated, Sony Pictures, Crackle.com and Style.com.

Sony was first to bring Internet video to TV, and we continue to deliver one of the largest and most diverse catalogs of content to customers through Bravia Internet Video, said Jeff Goldstein, VP of Sony Electronics' television business. Adding Netflix gives many of our customers access to a vast library of streaming content through their existing Netflix accounts.

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6669999.html
post #2 of 28
Now if they would only enable the PS3 to stream Netflix without third party software.
post #3 of 28
...or net-connected Blu-Ray players.
post #4 of 28
The companies expect to have the Blockbuster OnDemand service integrated into new Samsung Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs by the fall. Consumers who already own select 2009 Samsung Blu-ray players and home-theater systems, as well as Samsung LCD and plasma HDTVs series 650 and above, and Samsung LED HDTVs series 7000 and above, can access the Blockbuster OnDemand offering at no additional charge by conducting a firmware upgrade (Blu-ray players and home-theater systems) or downloading the Blockbuster OnDemand widget (HDTVs).

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post16822503
post #5 of 28
Sony is coming out with a Blu-ray player that will stream Netflix. It also does Slacker.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1178084

fxstb: Netflix streams movies full screen. Quality depends on the speed of your internet connection.
post #6 of 28
Netflix say it will be this fall before they start streaming to the Sony XBRs directly. Like next month? Anyone hear a better date than this fall?
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by fxstsb View Post

Netflix say it will be this fall before they start streaming to the Sony XBRs directly. Like next month? Anyone hear a better date than this fall?

What a brilliant idea. Not sure whose fault it is, but Netflix on TiVo HD crashes the TiVo at least occasionally. So now instead of taking out your TiVo you can take out your TV directly. Sign me up!
post #8 of 28
I updated a Samsung BR player last nite and see Blockbuster is now an option next to Netflix. Is Blockbuster OnDemand a PPV service or download streaming service similar to what Netlfix offers? I am a current Blockbuster subscriber (at least for now) and honestly can't see staying with them if they don't step up to the plate and provide a comparable streaming service offering as Netlfix. The last thing I want/need now is want is another PPV service option.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by RTK View Post

I updated a Samsung BR player last nite and see Blockbuster is now an option next to Netflix. Is Blockbuster OnDemand a PPV service or download streaming service similar to what Netlfix offers? I am a current Blockbuster subscriber (at least for now) and honestly can't see staying with them if they don't step up to the plate and provide a comparable streaming service offering as Netlfix. The last thing I want/need now is want is another PPV service option.

Blockbuster is PPV. If you want unlimited streaming included in your service, you need to go with Netflix. Blockbuster has no plans for including streaming services, and is instead focusing on building their PPV offering.

You are not alone. The latest analyst data I saw was that more than 25% of new customers were signing up to Netflix via streaming devices (and that does not include people signing up for streaming but doing it directly via the Netflix site).
post #10 of 28
This is great, fall is here. Guess I need to wait til Winter to see if the schedule is close. I can't call Sony because, well you know how they are.
post #11 of 28
Netflix and Hulu can stream on your TV thru the PS3 if you use Playon.
post #12 of 28
how do you stream through ps3?
post #13 of 28
I'm waiting for this to. I snagged an otherwise worthless video link for my bravia for $40 just to do this and still nothing. I think Fall is here, anyone have any more info.
post #14 of 28
Hehe, same here, around $50, better wait to sell it for $300 when Netflix gets on it.

Even now it is a great shirt ironing companion, dig the radio on Slacker and videos.
post #15 of 28
I turned on my Bravia 52W5100 this morning and it automatically downloaded and installed a firmware update. Rebooted...and Netflix was up. Streams HD content without a problem. Linksys WRT320N router and a WRT610 wireless adapter. I haven't checked for any other changes with the new firmware...and the new firmware isn't listed on the Sony website yet.
post #16 of 28
i downloaded latest firmware and went to stream netflix. i got a message the service is offline. i can go to other internet sites. did sony just do a test run or is it my area?
post #17 of 28
The only firmware I see on the website is the aa0109pn version. That is several months old and not the version that enabled Netflix on my set. The new version (I don't recall the number) downloaded automatically. It is not listed in the Sony site. They may be rolling it out by area. I suspect that if you leave your set on the net you'll get it as soon as it is available to you. Call SOny.
post #18 of 28
i updated my software to version aa0143pn. i don't know its release date. i called sony they told me to call netflix. netflix told me to call sony. i live in denver. maybe it is by region.

i will keep checking
post #19 of 28
thanks for the help of this forum. i restated my internet connection and then netflix worked.
post #20 of 28
Does the Sony Bravia V5100 have a network connection on it or do I need to buy the BRAVIA® Link compatible device???
post #21 of 28
Check the Sony site for details, but as I recall the built in networking is only on the current W, Z and XBR.
post #22 of 28
I got the update too. And now I am seeing this. Restarted my internet router, but it did nothing. Not sure why this is so problematic for Sony to get right. The xbox got it right the first time. Anybody have other suggestions on how to correct?
post #23 of 28
Couple of questions re: Netflix streaming. I have an XBR9 connected through a Powerline Ethernet adaptor to my TV. Everything works ok, basically... The TV updated itself last week & Netflix appeared - great! But am I missing something? Because the only movies that show up in the Netflix main menu are what I've placed in my Instant Watch Queue on my PC. I see no way to back up into the "normal" Netflix view where I can browse ALL movies - I'm only seeing my Queue. So is there no way to add to this Queue from the TV? Is this the normal/correct functionality? Or should I be able to browse all movies on my TV?

Also, when viewing a movie the stream breaks frequently to re-buffer - I have DSL Extreme (5-6Mbs) through ATT & per above, connected to the TV through a powerline adaptor. Do I need more BW at the TV? Would a wireless N bridge be more effective than the Powerline adaptor?

Any answers/suggestions/help is appreciated!!
post #24 of 28
rgfcpq: I've seen that message once or twice myself and I assumed that the Netflix service was down temporarily. It probably has nothing to do with Sony. Actually, if you can get the message the hardware is fine. The service has been up about 99% of the time I was looking for it. No complaints here.
post #25 of 28
bkushin: You can't browse your queue from the TV. To do that you'd need to have a full browser function built into the Sony. There's a FAQ somewhere on the Netflix site explaining everything but the short answer is to add to your instant queue from your pc. The selected movies will then show up on the Sony.
I'm using a Linksys WRT310N wireless router and Linksys 610N bridge. I connect through RoadRunner cable. I don't know how to measure my download speed at the Sony but I've never had a problem with N.
Your problem may be with DSL, not the powerline adapter.
Is that 5-6 Mbs the actual speed you measured on the line or the ATT advertising? Check out dslreports.com for some online speed tests.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by kevinc15 View Post

bkushin: You can't browse your queue from the TV. To do that you'd need to have a full browser function built into the Sony. There's a FAQ somewhere on the Netflix site explaining everything but the short answer is to add to your instant queue from your pc. The selected movies will then show up on the Sony.
I'm using a Linksys WRT310N wireless router and Linksys 610N bridge. I connect through RoadRunner cable. I don't know how to measure my download speed at the Sony but I've never had a problem with N.
Your problem may be with DSL, not the powerline adapter.
Is that 5-6 Mbs the actual speed you measured on the line or the ATT advertising? Check out dslreports.com for some online speed tests.

Thanks Kevinc! Yeah, the 5-6Mbps is what I get with ATT - that's the fastest they offer where I live. I check it frequently on DSLReports & other BW meters. I keep hoping ATT will roll out U-Verse here which goes up to 18Mbps, but so far it's not available on this side of Costa Mesa. I kind of figured it was a BW problem - by the time it has to deal with network latency/loss, etc., may not be enough at the TV.

I've thought about going back to cable, but I've had really bad experiences there. I don't know - maybe I'll give it another try. TWC is advertising up to 15Mbps - not sure how much that is. Or I may just deal with it as it is & wait for U-Verse or something better. I wish FIOS was available here...

So you don't think a wireless N bridge would be any better than the Powerline adaptors?
post #27 of 28
bkushin: I think powerline may be better than N, but it won't make DSL Extreme any more extreme.
I was speaking with someone this weekend who dumped his wireless for powerline. He sees it as giving him a whole house wired network at minimum fuss. He was looking for something more convenient though, not faster. (We both connect via Time Warner RoadRunner 10 mbps service. There's also a 19 mbps service ) He had me convinced. If I start having trouble with wireless I'll try powerline.
The San Diego Fry's has a refurb Linksys WRT160N for $49. See what you can find at the Fountain Valley store and give it a try. Can't hurt.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by kevinc15 View Post

bkushin: I think powerline may be better than N, but it won't make DSL Extreme any more extreme.
I was speaking with someone this weekend who dumped his wireless for powerline. He sees it as giving him a whole house wired network at minimum fuss. He was looking for something more convenient though, not faster. (We both connect via Time Warner RoadRunner 10 mbps service. There's also a 19 mbps service ) He had me convinced. If I start having trouble with wireless I'll try powerline.
The San Diego Fry's has a refurb Linksys WRT160N for $49. See what you can find at the Fountain Valley store and give it a try. Can't hurt.

Thanks again Kevinc! I'm actually using Powerline now - works well for my other PC downstairs. It's definitely more stable/consistent than the previous Wifi connection. I have a Powerline adaptor connected to a D-Link 5 port switch & then running into my Onkyo AVR, Sony BluRay player & TV. Streaming audio (Pandora, vTuner) through my AVR works well - Rhapsody drops the stream every 17 seconds very consistently - not sure what the problem is - maybe BW again. YouTube & other services stream well through the TV, but so far Netflix has been inconsistent. But I haven't really used it much, so I'll keep trying it - maybe it will improve over time...

As you suggested, I may pick up a D-Link wireless bridge - they make a 4 port wireless N bridge that supposedly works well with the D-Link N router I have. They sell them at Fry's - might be worth a try & can always be returned if no improvement...
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