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Sony Bravia Internet Video--slideshow

Many of Sony's 2009 HDTVs include built-in Internet Video. Here's a peek at how it works.

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CNET Reviews staff
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, Amazon VOD

Sony's higher-end HDTVs basically offer all of the functionality of the Bravia Internet Video Link built-in--there is no need to buy the actual $199 box. The most compelling such functionality so far is access to Amazon Video On Demand, including high-definition videos.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, Amazon VOD main page

Amazon VOD worked well in our tests, once we waited the 20 or so seconds for the store to load (on more than one occasion, the load screen actually gave us a "timed-out" message before it finally appeared), although we missed being able to watch previews--the service on Panasonic's VieraCast TVs and Roku enables previews, while on BIVL and TiVo, for example, it does not.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, HD Movies

Amazon Video on Demand has a solid selection of HD movies.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, HD Movies are expensive

The service charges an arm and a leg for HD movie rentals, but that's not unusual.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, CBS tagline

The free videos from CBS offer generally solid video quality in most cases, but despite the "Watch full episodes free" tagline next to the CBS logo in the menu, don't expect anything close to TV.com, the network's official Web portal for full TV episodes. (Note: CNET is a division of CBS Interactive.)
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, CBS selections

Lots of content choices are available from CBS, but unfortunately full episodes are currently pretty rare.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, Harper's Island

The worst experience came when we selected "Harper's Island" and found 23 separate two-minute clips that together may have comprised the whole episode--but we didn't have the patience to find out since each clip incorporated a CBS promo we couldn't skip.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, free content

The selection of free content includes videos from minisode.com, blip.tv, Wired, style.com, howcast.com, and many others. There's also a full-fledged YouTube player.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video update

Although most of the Internet video content updates automatically, you can force a manual update if you want.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, playback screen

Video playback is conveniently controllable via the keys on the remote control. In most cases, such as this video from howcast.com, the picture quality was generally bad, especially on the big screen--it was designed for the Web, after all.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, free content

We didn't find much of the Internet-based video content very compelling, although chances are it's still better than what's on actual TV.
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Sony Bravia Internet Video, podcasts

The Sony system can also deliver numerous Internet video podcasts, although unfortunately there's no way to add your own. Sorry Buzz Out Loud.

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