Sony has announced that the majority of its new flat-panel LCD TVs in 2007 will be able to accept an attachable module that can stream broadband video from partners including AOL Video in high-definition to TV screens.
Unveiling Sony's first broadband video system, Sony Electronics president Stan Glasgow told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: "While other companies struggle with standard definition, Sony has developed a scalable internet HDTV solution with some notable partners providing content."
The attachable module?pricing will be announced in coming months?links the TV directly to a subscriber's broadband internet service provider, allowing broadband video to be accessed on the TV without a computer.
Earlier this week, Sling Media, US pioneer of gadgets allowing consumers to watch their living room TV programming on broadband-connected PCs wherever they are in the world, announced a new device, known as a SlingCatcher, enabling PC-based videos to be displayed on a TV screen.
On Sunday, Microsoft unveiled an Xbox 360 games console that doubles up as an internet protocol television (IPTV) set-top box.
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