Sony Delivers Living Room Pc With Blu-Ray Disc Technology (and CableCARD)
(CES, Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2007 -- Sony today introduced a high-definition
living room PC with integrated Blu-ray Disc technology.
With the Digital Living System you can watch movies in
stunning HD clarity, as well as record, store and playback personal content on
high-capacity BD media.
A built-in NTSC and an ATSC television tuner, in addition to
a unidirectional digital CableCARD, allows the VAIO XL3 Digital Living System
to replace an HD digital video recorder so you can watch and record TV without
the need for a separate set-top box.
The unit’s high-storage capacity allows you to burn entire
seasons of your favorite television programs to its hard drive and play them
back in high-definition. A wireless remote and keyboard let you browse the
Web-- all from the comfort of your sofa.
About the size of a traditional stereo receiver, the XL3
model features a stylish, horizontal form factor engineered to fit into a home
entertainment rack. The unit connects to a television via an HDMI cable to
output high-definition video and multi-channel digital audio in a single
“Sony is defining the digital home by integrating the latest
technologies on the market into a unique offering and pushing the boundaries of
HD adoption in the living room,” said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO
product marketing for Sony Electronics. “With the XL3 Digital Living System
consumers can turn a typical entertainment center into a thrilling
high-definition media hub and enjoy HD in a way previously not possible.”
Your Living Room IPTV
With more and more television networks offering full-episode
programming streaming through their web site, Abary said the XL3 model is a
great way to enjoy online programming on a TV. And, with the rising
popularity of free video sharing websites, you can catch up on the latest viral
videos with friends and family on your television without huddling around a small
Capture, Edit and
Burn in HD
The system offers end-to-end support for high-definition
camcorders with a suite of video applications that let you capture, edit and
burn to Blu-ray Disc high-definition media in full 1080 resolution without
downgrading video quality and integrity.
The XL3 unit incorporates the latest technologies including
an Intel® Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® 7600 GTL graphics, 2GB of RAM
memory, and a roomy 500GB hard drive.
The unit also uses liquid cooling technology to maintain
high CPU performance while remaining quiet enough for the living room. The XL3
model is equipped with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium operating system
with Media Center functionality for easy content
navigation and management.
Sony also incorporated Sound Reality technology to
boost audio performance for high-quality digital sound and support for Direct
Steam Digital for unsurpassed reproduction.
The VAIO XL3 Digital Living System will be available in
March in crimson black for about $3,300 at national retailers, online at www.sony.com/xl3
or at Sony Style stores (for locations, visit www.sonystyle.com/retail)
in select fashion malls around the country
For additional information about Sony computer products, consumers can call
(888) 315-SONY, or visit Sonys web site at: www.sony.com/vaio.
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invited to visit Sony Electronics' news and information web site at www.sony.com/news.