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Sony teases BRAVIA Smart Stick with September 15 reveal

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Recently, we noticed a Sony USB-stick pass through the FCC and thought it was Sony’s new Chromecast competitor. It appears Sony will not be competing with Google, but taking the Chromecast design and implementing it on Google TV.

The BRAVIA Smart Stick will connect to 2013 BRAVIA televisions through the MHL connection and will use a HDMI to USB cable to charge. Sony has rejected to talk about other televisions and if it will be available on earlier BRAVIA models.

Currently the BRAVIA Smart Stick will allow users to connect and import some Google TV apps, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and music players like Pandora and Spotify.

Sony did not say anything about Chromecast functionality, but this may be coming at a later stage when the Chromecast SDK is available to both developers and partners. We still are not sure if Google actually wants an open platform the Chromecast, considering it is trying to lure in potential TV partners who like closed platforms.

Along with the BRAVIA Smart Stick, Sony will bundle a universal remote, allowing users to control browsing on the Google TV stick. This idea is obviously a little push to Chromecast, but it makes Google TV a cheaper service and not a full television.

It would be nice to see Sony offer an app for their smartphones to control the TV and perhaps having something similar to the Chromecast, where the user would be able to cast local content from the smartphone to the TV.

Sony will announce this official on September 15.

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Sony 55 and 65-inch 4k TV prices announced

BraviaSony proudly showed off its 4K TVs at CES 2013 but $25,000 for an 84-inch 4K TV will surely make you think several times before buying one. Sony has now revealed the prices for two new 4k TVs which will not empty your pockets completely. Bravia XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A with 55 and 65 inches display will cost you $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.

 

Both the TV models features Triluminous display with X-Reality PRO and Motionflow XR960 technology along with one-touch screen mirroring. They are also equipped with WIFI and NFC connectivity options. The images look stunning on Sony’s 4K TVs with the resolution of 3840 x 2160 which is four times that of Full HD TV and features dynamic edge-lit, LED backlighting. A set of 65-watt front-facing speakers which are present alongside the display offers a powerful audio solution.

 

Sony also showed off a prototype with 56-inch display but still no details have been revealed regarding it. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  also introduced “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray discs, and the company is offering Ghostbusters and Spider-Man, which are 1080p versions optimized for 4K TVs.

Pre orders for Sony Bravia XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A will begin on April 21, 2013 at Sony Stores and select retailers.

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