Yoshihisa Ishida

Sony has been a champion of networked televisions for years. These are the TVs which link seamlessly with other Sony gadgets, link to the Web, and finally bridge the gap between PCs and the living room.

The Japanese manufacturer was an early adopter of WebTV, the short-lived set-top box system introduced in 1996 by former Apple executives that connected TVs to the Internet. Sony also appeared miles ahead in 2000 with its AirBoard, a “personal IT TV” tablet that let users surf the Web, watch TV and videos, view photos and even wirelessly control other gadgets.

Television prices are likely to fall in the U.S. market ahead of the year-end, the head of Sony Corp's loss-making TV division said on Thursday. His comments came hours after LG Display, the world's No. 2 LCD flat screen maker, reported its worst operating profit in six quarters on sliding prices for panels. "I think TV prices as a whole will of course fall. There is a lot of inventory in the market," Sony senior vice president Yoshihisa Ishida told Japanese reporters

Sony Corp. is working on 3-D televisions that don't need special glasses, joining a race with rival Toshiba Corp., but sees cost and technological hurdles to overcome before they can go on sale. Toshiba said earlier this week it is working on glasses-free 3-D TVs, although no decision had been made on when they will go on sale. Mainstream 3-D TVs now on sale, such as those from Panasonic Corp. and Sony Corp., require glasses. But there are already screens that don't require glasses, mainly intended for store displays. They require the viewer to stand in specific spots

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