updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009
BDP-N460 adds Netflix, YouTube
Continuing its home theater launches for CEDIA, Sony tonight added its first truly network-aware Blu-ray player. Although earlier players have had BD-Live features, the BDP-N460 can stream videos from Netflix and YouTube as well as get music streams from Slacker, regardless of the attached TV. In a unique touch, the movie player is specifically optimized for Linksys' (Cisco's) WET610N Ethernet-to-Wi-Fi bridge and improves the stability of streaming over the wireless connection.
Like many newer Sony Blu-ray devices, the N460 will output HDMI Deep Color pictures to supporting TVs and puts out sound in 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and raw PCM. Local media recognition extends to upscaled DVDs as well as AVCHD (H.264) videos and photos stored either on disc or a USB drive.
The new reader ships in October, like the BRAVIA XBR10, and will be priced relatively inexpensively at $250.