These services are supported by a long list of other channels collected under Sony’s Bravia Internet Video banner, including Sony Pictures Television, Aussie sports service Billabong and net TV aggregator Blip.
The catch with these offerings is that once you’ve viewed what appeals, you’re pretty much done; they get updated once in a blue moon. The Sony TV channel, for example, has been running the same episodes from season one of Diff'rent Strokes since it started – I’ve long since given up on it ever showing anything from season two – the best, as I’m sure other Diff Strokes aficionados will agree. The deck also offers access to Sony’s Qriocity pay-per-watch movie streaming and music subscription services.
As a budget Blu-ray disc spinner, the BDP-S380 can’t be faulted. HD image quality is predictably shiny, extracting copious detail and rich hues from whatever’s thrown at it. Disc loading speeds are also sprightly: I spied the 007 logo from the Java-heavy Goldfinger Blu-ray in just 52 seconds, while Lou Reed’s Berlin took 32 seconds to get from tray to menu.
This is actually a better performance than the step-up BDP-S480. On the debit side, the player’s somewhat noisy, grinding its teeth angrily when you chapter hop. DVD playback can be considered good for this class of player. Deinterlacing is largely clean, with smooth upscaling to 1080p.
A good all-rounder if you're not fussed about the lack of 3D support
Overall, this unassuming deck has a lot going for it. Its BD playback quality is great, SACD is an appreciated bonus and having IPTV on tap ensures you’ll always have something (rubbish) to watch late at night. The deck is also a decent media player – if you’re happy to forego streaming for the sneakernet. ®
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Sony has succeeded in creating a whole class of people who actually think that waiting a whole bloody minute after slotting in a disk before being able to actually see a menu is normal and acceptable.
Well, I guess congratulations are in order, then. The brainwashing is proceeding as planned, obviously.
Is it too much to ask that the Sony BluRay remote could let me flick through the channels on my Sony TV?
You know - That +/- button that should be right next to the volume rocker.
Is it too much to ask?
Well - is it?
Great to see they haven't improved the pig-ugly remote control since I bought my 370. Why is it that even the sexiest, most slimline of shiny boxes always comes with an ugly lump of matte black plastic to control it? I don't believe I've ever seen an attractive one. You'd think it would receive some attention, with it being the part the user actually interacts with and sees the most.
All the phones I've bought have come with a memory card.
I looked at the manual on Sony's website and to use BD-Live, I have to "Connect a USB memory to the USB jack on the rear of the player".
How much would 1GB of memory add to the cost of the player?