"Not useful at all"on by braviatv
Pros It fits nicely on the back of the TV
Cons Minimal buffering, limited and stale programming available
Summary Not usable in the real world.
We have a decently speedy DSL connection and we cannot watch even a postage-stamp sized video without continuous buffering occurring. Add that to the video content that hasn't changed in weeks (except the yahoo news feed), and you have a pretty worthless gadget. Why Sony would sell something like this with what appears to be almost no memory for buffering is beyond me. Maybe it can be fixed with a software update????
And I might add that the content available consists largely of movie previews and snippets, none more interesting than that available on YouTube, etc. with much less hassle.
AppleTV is looking better every day.
Pros It can get weather and traffic info (in certain areas) at the press of one button. It can also download SD and HD videos from Sony Pre-selected sites
Cons Similar features to a Tivo. User can not select other sites outside the ones Sony has preselected. Also, is not a UPNP Media device.
Summary I thought it was neat for all of 5 Minutes. But when I realized that my tivo had more capability (and Im not talking about the record feature) I was upset. I was hoping I could use it to stream media from my Media Server. Opps, my mistake.
Pros It's a keeping up with the Jones' strategy-
Cons Does not work with all boadband connections. The marketing material does not describe this unfortunate situation nor do the sales folks (how could they know?).
Summary People who rely on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, or clearwire "broadband" should not consider it as an option- they will not recieve the 120 free promotional movies. Sony wants people to have a router and stuff...
Pros Compact size and mounts behind TV, good for weather and traffic reports
Cons Can not stream video from NetFlix without constant buffering pauses. Takes several minutes for a movie start.
Summary I have 12 times the bandwidth at the location where I have used the Bravia Internet Video compared to the location I have a ROKU box with only 1 Mbps at best. And yet the ROKU box streams video from NetFlix perfectly and is quick to load the Bravia forget about surfing for videos, it takes several minutes for a video to load and once loaded constant pausing due to buffering. ROKU is how streaming video should look...you will disappointed with the Bravia, "Shame on you Sony"...you can do better!
Pros Apparently it has developed a lot since these others reviewed this device. It is 5/14/2010 and it has a lot. Netflix on demand, but what a great device with decent content for no cost most of the time. It is like having a computer with a 52" screen
Cons semi cumbersome interface. Requires an internet connection of course.
Summary If you have a Bravia you are in luck!