Sony Saves Best Products For New Line
While Sony had a booth loaded with new products at CES, the company saved the best for its annual dealer Open House this week in Las Vegas. The company showed new products in all categories, from Blu-ray to digital imaging.
With the high definition disc format war over, Sony showed off its two newest Blu-ray players. Both the BDP-S350 ($399) and the BDP-S550 ($499) will be Profile 1.1 and firmware upgradable to BD-Live, which allows Internet-based content features with compatible discs. Both players will include USB ports for storing downloaded content, but the higher-priced model will also ship with a USB flash drive. The BDP-550 also includes 7.1 analog audio outputs and DTS-HD Master onboard decoding.
In 2007 Sony came out with the Bravia Internet Link, a Wi-Fi module that connected to a port in the back of select Bravia TVs. For 2008, that module is now compatible with more TV models and is being relaunched with an expanded roster of content partners (about 15) including CBS, FearNet, Sports Illustrated and the Epicurean.