Pros Sony Internet Video supports Netflix
Good digital tuner
DTV TV Guide
Cons DTV Clock goes out of whack
Some Sony Internet Video channels truly suck
Need a second computer monitor to register for netflix
Summary The Internet Video has slightly better picture quality and much better usability than Mac mini plugged into computer input. For example via Netflix interface I can use remote control to select, pause, rewind, fwd programs as though using on-demand cable, which is sweet. iTunes in TV mode also looks awesome through the computer input.
The digital tuner was picking up channels from Ft. Hood and I live in Austin, TX.
So without cable I can choose from Sony Internet Video, General Video from the Mac, and all of the free DTV channels I'm getting with the crazy good reception. The DTV also comes with a TV guide. Screw paying $50 for cable.
Drawbacks are that the DTV clock goes out of whack, rendering the TV guide useless, maybe because I'm cutting off power at the wall after turning off TV, but why should the TV consume power while off? Another weird drawback happens when you try to activate Netflix on the set. I had already hooked up mac mini to computer input, so I wanted to enter the security code I read off the TV screen online via my computer. Ironically, when you switch to computer video input, the security code generated by the TV goes defunct. The only way I could register was to remain on the Internet TV screen showing the code while entering that code on a separate laptop computer. Hard to say what I'd have done if this TV was my only computer monitor.
Some of the Internet Video programming is terrible. I liked Netflix, YouTube, and On Networks (Play Value) but the other channels suck. No Sony, I don't really want to watch a live performance by Third Eye Blind, Creed, or ChickenFoot.
Pros Great picture. No problems with viewing angle or glare. Easy to hook up.
Cons Sound is tinny. Stand does not swivel.
Summary I got the 40 inch screen for my bedroom and that seems to be the right size. It doesn't overwhelm or dominate the decor. I'm using the speakers that are built into the unit, even though Best Buy included a home theater Blu-Ray set-up. I was hoping the built-in speakers would sound better but they are average, at best. I spent a lot of time looking at different HDTVs and researching the specs. Quite frankly, the picture in 85% of the sets are about the same: very good. About the same as the 5 year old Samsung 1080p that sits in my den. The only one that really stood out as exceptional was the new Samsung LED 7000 series, but it was outside my budget. The Sony is hooked up to a new Comcast DVR-HD box and it's fine. I connected the set to the CAT5 cable but haven't used any of the features or even gone on-line. I'm happy with the unit and would recommend it to anyone. I never considered any brand other than Sony or Samsung for one reason only: these are the brands I trust.
Pros None so far.
Cons It has a big, red, vertical, 2.25" wide stripe running all down the middle of the screen.
Summary I'm sure this is probably a good TV if you get a working model. I did not. The TV I purchased October 23, 2009 from the Sony Store in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO is a lemon. It took two hours of my time on a Friday night with Comcast and Sony technical support to confirm this. The Sony Store has refused to bring me a working model and haul-off the broken one they sold me. So, I'm now spending my Saturday repackaging the TV, driving the 1.5 hours back to Denver and returning the TV, Home Theatre System and accessories I purchased yesterday. I'll be spending my Sunday shopping Samsung at BestBuy.
Pros Excellent Picture. Great sound. Lots of features; Internet video, widgets for weather/twitter/flickr and more, lots of settings for managing how the tv works. Overall just a beautiful set with the then smoke glass bezel.
Cons None at this time.
Summary I just bought this tv for $889 at Best Buy and it is far better than any other tv at that price range that I looked at from Sharp, LG, Samsung and others.
Pros This LCD TV has great features, you get a lot of extras at this price level such as internet & media access. However, at what expense!
Cons Purchased and returned twice at a major appliance store. The first TV had several dead pixels & uniformity issues. Also, the ghosting was horrible. The second TV was promising; however, a defective HDMI port spoiled this experience!
Summary So, after much time and energy wasted installing & returning two TV's, it safe to say, Sony has left a bad taste in my mouth. I would like to think it was bad luck or just poor shipping and handling of the product. However, I'd chalk it up to poor manufacturing. I was sold two lemons!!! Also, the TV did not sit level in the non swivel stand. It was noticeably crooked!
In the end, I purchased a Samsung LCD, model #LN-40B640 & to date, I'm happy to say it works great!