|Type||mainly LCD & Organic light-emitting diode HDTV|
|Retail availability||2005 to present|
|Production||Saitama, Kantō, Japan
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Nitra, Nitriansky kraj, Slovakia
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
BRAVIA is an in-house brand owned by Sony which produces high-definition LCD televisions, projection TVs and front projectors, home cinemas and the "BRAVIA Home Theatre" range for its parent company Sony KK. The name is an acronym of "Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture". All Sony high-definition flat-panel LCD televisions in North America have carried the logo for BRAVIA since 2005. BRAVIA replaces the "LCD WEGA" which Sony used for their LCD TVs until Summer 2005 (early promotional photos exist of the first BRAVIA TVs still bearing the WEGA moniker). Bravia televisions and their components are manufactured in Sony's plants in Japan, Mexico, and Slovakia for their respective regions and are also assembled from imported parts in Brazil, Spain, China, Malaysia and Ecuador. Principal design work for BRAVIA products is performed at Sony's research facilities in Japan, at the research and development department at the Sony de Mexico facility in Baja California, Mexico and at the Sony Europe facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
Sony Bravia Internet TV and Video
Sony Bravia Internet Video first became available in late 2009 on Internet enabled Bravia TV's, later becoming available on Sony Blu-ray and home theatre systems. The original Bravia Internet Video was built around Sony's XMB interface and had several streaming media partners including: Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Yahoo!, Netflix and Sony Video (Qriocity). 2011 saw a revamp of Bravia Internet Video, with a rework of the interface and an added Skype capability.
The 46- and 55-inch models of the XBR8 series features an RGB LED backlight system which Sony calls Triluminos. The new backlight system is claimed to provide a truer and higher color spectrum and allows this series of televisions to rival plasma displays in terms of dark blacks. This model also marked the debut of Sony's new video processor, the BRAVIA Engine 2 Pro. The display panel uses ten-bit processing and offers the 120 Hz MotionFlow technology.
The XBR8 line offers two screen sizes; the 46" (KDL-46XBR8)[dead link] was released on September 29, 2008. The second model, the 55" (KDL-55XBR8)[dead link] became available for order in October 2008.[needs update]
For sale in Japan on July 30, 2008, Sony's green product, a new flat-panel 32-inch TV for 150,000 yen (US$ 1,400; € 900) BRAVIA KDL-32JE1 offers ecological consumers the advantage of 70% less energy consumption than regular models with same image quality. For consumers who rely on electricity generated from carbon dioxide emitting sources, it reduces carbon dioxide emissions totaling 79 kilograms (174 pounds) a year.
- For NTT DoCoMo
- FOMA SO903iTV (Released in June 2007)
- FOMA SO906i (Released in June 2008)
- FOMA SO-01C (Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc) (Released in March 2011)
- For au by KDDI
- U1 (Released in December 2009)
- S004 (Released in May 2010)
- S005 (Released in November 2010, successor of S004)
The LCD panels within BRAVIA TVs are manufactured by S-LCD, a Samsung company. Since 2010, high end Bravia LX, HX and selected NX series use 10th gen Sharp ASV panel. The 8th gen SPVA panel from SLCD continue to serve other midrange and budget Bravia models.
Many Sony televisions with USB connectivity run Linux.
Upgrading and maintenance
The software can be upgraded via a USB type A interface labeled "DMEx / service only".
It appears that units manufactured through November 2005 for sale in Asia and North America contained a software bug that prevented the device from powering up/down after 1200 hours. A free upgrade is available.
- "FOMA Spring 2007 Gallery: SO903iTV". NTT DoCoMo. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Sony introduces BRAVIA TDM-IP1 iPod dock". Engadget. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- Sony Accessories – Official Site.
- Sony Google TV, hands on – CNET.
- www.iht.com, Sony develops green flat-panel TV to woo ecological consumers
- gmanews.tv/story, Sony woos ecological consumers with new flat-panel TV
- GPL and LGPL notices for several Sony TV models
- Brandon Hill. "Over 400,000 Sony BRAVIA TVs Found To Be Defective". Daily Tech. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- "Update My TV". Sony. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- Sony Australia – BRAVIA
- Sony USA – BRAVIA
- BRAVIA Televisions UK
- BRAVIA-drome Commercial
- Paint commercial (with original sound)