Friday, June 6, 2008

YouTube available on Sony Bravia TVs

Yesterday Sony announced that YouTube is the latest online video provider to join the company’s Bravia Internet Video Link service. The service provides Bravia Internet Video Link users access to millions of videos on YouTube at no additional charge.

Joining YouTube are and C-Spot, which offers original episodic short comedy.

The Bravia Internet Video Link is a small module that attaches to the back of a some Sony 2007 and 2008 Bravia LCD television. The service streams on-demand entertainment including movies, TV programs, your YouTube videos and other free content as well as news, weather and traffic informaiton via an existing Ethernet connection without the use of a personal computer. A broadband connection of at least 2.5 Mbps is recommended. Content is navigated with Sony’s Xross Media Bar user interface.

Once the TV and BRAVIA Internet Video Link module have been purchased, videos are available at no charge, bringing content to Sony televisions not found on network or cable/satellite TV stations.

The new content adds to existing channels including Yahoo!, AOL, Sports Illustrated,, CondéNet’s,, Epicurious and channels, Sony Pictures’ Crackle, The Minisode Network and Inside Sony Pictures channels, FEARnet, Ford Models, SingingFool, and VideoDetective.

Sony will continue to add new content partners and increase the growing list of on-demand video content.

The channel delivers exclusive, original reporting at the point where technology intersects with business, entertainment, politics, culture, science and art. Content will include Game|Life,’s weekly web video covering the world of gaming, and AltText, a satirical commentary on technology, business, entertainment, communications and culture.

Crackle’s C-spot offers original character and story-driven episodic series. The channel will offer series including “Hot Hot Los Angeles,” The Writer’s Room,” “Penn Says,” and The Roadents.”

Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video Link module is currently available for about $300. It can be purchased online at, at Sony Style® retail stores and at Sony authorized dealers. The module used with a consumer’s existing broadband Internet connection is compatible with a majority of the latest 2007 BRAVIA television models, as well many new 2008 models.

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