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With the UK launch of terrestrial HD pencilled in for 2009, Sony has jumped onto the bandwagon and unveiled a Bravia LCD TV series featuring an integrated MPEG 4 AVC HD-capable tuner.

The 26in, 32in and 37in models in the V4500 series each have one of the tuners that let you watch HD TV programmes over Freeview – a service that will roll out first in the Granada region next year and across all of England by 2012.

Each V4500 model has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 - so 1080p and 1080i content will be downscaled to 720p. They have a 178° viewing angle which is complemented by a swivelling stand that should help to guard against neck strain.

Sony_V4500

Sony's V4500 series: features an integrated HD tuner

The range makes use of Sony’s XMB media interface, already a familiar sight for PlayStation 3 users. Each TV has three HDMI inputs for connecting HD accessories, and two Scart ports for old-style devices.

Sony has built a picture mode into the V4500 series, allowing users to display either a selection of pre-installed gallery pictures, such as van Gogh master pieces, or load up their own snaps. This mode is designed to save electricity when the set is not in use and help it look more like a beautiful wall hanging.

Picture-frame mode is currently Sony’s flavour of the month and already features on several Sony sets, including members of the E4000 series.

A release date or price range for the V4500 series hasn’t been seen yet.

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