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I regret my purchase
on July 14, 2010
You're going to spend a lot of money on a TV, so please read through full review first to consider what you are getting with this particular TV.
Only 4 reviews for this product at this time, but i will only write about things others have not already said, that i wish i knew before making this purchase. (Yes the screen is stellar, but only when you watch stuff in HD. The SD quality is terrible. The sound is also terrible).
Now the real reason i gave it 3 stars. I chose this TV over its competitor's because the BRAVIA trumpeted its "internet capable" features such as Video internet streaming and widgets. What they don't tell you is that you need a separate device of course, that only SONY makes of course, and that it is going to cost $80 of course. That was all news to me. Oh, and this thing doesn't have a name, it just goes by its model number UX-BR100.
So $80 in, I have to register BOTH products before i can use them together. Pain. It didn't help that the site they tell you to go to is not the right site if the BRAVIA TV hasn't been registered. I needed customer support to navigate through the hurdles to register both products. Big Pain. Once this was done, I went to try it, and i could not work any of the internet features without registering each of the other stuff online. EACH. Again Big Pain. I already had a Netflix Account, but it wouldn't let me activate it on the TV, i had to go online. Once i did that, I returned to test out the Netflix on the BRAVIA, and the only thing it displays is what is already in your queue. I could not browse my options and look through the selection. These are things you need to do online first, add to your queue, then go to TV and watch "instantly." I don't have a laptop, so having to go to my desktop EVERY time defeats the purpose of "internet capable" TV. As for the other Video options: There are about 20 other "options", 15 of which you will NEVER use or even check out. Of note is the Video on Demand options, of which you'll have two: Sony's VOD called Qrious or Amazon's On Demand. Amazon rents all movies for a $1 less than Qrious ($4.99 to $5.99). So that makes Qrious useless to me. The CBS "video" only shows two minute clips of their shows. No episodes. Thanks, but no thanks. Netflix lets you stream for $8.99 a MONTH. Best deal. But, their streaming options are pretty terrible, no current movies - the only ones i saw were Law Abiding Citizen and The Proposal. Not exactly 2010 material.
Lastly, there are NO WIDGETS with this model. I don't know what other KDLEX700 model the other reviewers are talking about, but my KDL46EX700, according to Sony technical support does NOT support widgets. So naturally i felt a little misled.
When you factor in the $80 cost of the UX-BR100 to make use of your "internet capable" Bravia, the trouble of setting everything up, the lack of video features, the extra cost to use the few video features, and the absence of widgets, I do regret buying this TV. I could have gotten a 46 inch without internet capabilities for a lot less.
If you want internet features here's what I recommend. Buy a non-internet capable TV, and put the money you save towards an internet-capable wireless BluRay player or PS3. If you want Video on Demand, Sony's Playstation Network also rents movies and TV shows (it's exactly the same as Qrious, EXACTLY. Same options, same cost) and you can access Playstation through a PS3 if you already have one. You can also access Netflix (they will need to send you a disc you get to keep first) using a Blu-Ray player or PS3. These devices will allow you to browse through their options without having to go to a computer! As it should.
I've returned my $80 thingy. In conclusion, knowing what I now know, I wouldn't purchase an internet capable TV in order to by-pass a cost for a Blu-Ray player. You will pay more for internet capable TV, and get a lot less.
This is my opinion based on my experience. Good luck!
**Aug 31 - update** I see the cost of the TV has dropped since I made my purchase. My review was based on a $1350 price tag. Clearly i didn't think it was worth it. But the lower the price the more attractive the TV looks. For under $1000 it is good value.