Just when it seemed all the wonders of the internet were destined to only work on the second screen, Sony
's firmware update for its 2011 Bravia TVs is making us rethink things. For starters, you can now enjoy those HD YouTube
videos in HD and even keep up with your friend's photos, videos and shared links on Facebook
. Also, now they're compatible with a new lite version of the Remote Keyboard app -- a feature previously exclusive to Vaio PCs and Xperia smartphones. Finally, you can now get live Twitter
updates along the bottom of your screen and even use a Shazam like feature called Track ID to determine the names of songs, or their artists, that are played during your shows or commercials. The free update is available now for those with compatible sets, those with older Bravia TVs, though. Not so much.
Enjoy higher quality online content with our latest firmware update 30 November 2011
From High Definition YouTube™ to Twitter Ticker™, the evolution of our BRAVIA TVs brings even more entertainment to your home
Watch YouTube™ in High Definition and enjoy Facebook™ videos and photos in full screen
Stay in the loop – Twitter Ticker™ shows rolling updates of the latest tweets while you're watching TV
Share your TrackID™ song search results straight to Twitter™
Experience YouTube™ as never before
Watching the latest Internet sensation on a smartphone or laptop simply doesn't come close to the big screen experience. Now with our latest firmware update you can enjoy High Definition videos from YouTube™ in crisp, clear quality on your BRAVIA TV. What's more, YouTube™ videos are further optimised by the advanced image-enhancing technologies already built in to your BRAVIA TV. From sports clips to music videos, YouTube™ has never looked better.
See the bigger picture
Expanding your social network will take on a whole new meaning too with our new firmware update. Log in to your Facebook™ account and view shared photos and videos in full screen on your TV – so friends and family appear larger than life. Follow any URL links posted by your friends direct from your TV screen, as well as updating your status, sending messages and more.
Let the news follow you
Another feature new to BRAVIA TVs is Twitter Ticker™. Follow a real-time Twitter™ newsfeed scrolling along the bottom of the screen and keep tabs on your favourite tweets without missing a moment of your favourite TV show. You can share Track ID™ results straight to Twitter™ quickly and easily too. Heard a song you like on an advert? Just hit Track ID™ on your remote to find the title and artist, then pass on the results to friends and followers on Twitter™ at the touch of a button. Simple.
Put your laptop to good use
You can already use your smartphone or VAIO keyboard to control your TV and surf the web – and now you can use other laptops too*. From typing a web address to searching for information about the latest movies, it makes entering text on-screen even easier than using your TV remote.
Never miss an update – connect your TV to the Internet
We are always coming up with new and innovative features to enhance your Internet TV experience. So it's important to make sure the firmware in your TV is up-to-date. The easiest way to stay up-to-date is to connect your TV to the Internet, either with a cable or through a wireless network. Whenever you switch on your BRAVIA TV, you'll be automatically notified of any available firmware updates.
Firmware updates are also available from the Sony Support website and can be transferred to BRAVIA TVs using a USB memory storage device.