Reading this thread, I now realise what a complete and utter donkey I've been in purchasing a SMP-N200, which Sony have ensured in Ireland does not allow access to anything anyone might remotely want to watch. Not only that, but (while the rest of the world happily streams on), it's completely and utterly vague as to when such content might be available. This page is completely misleading http://www.sony.ie/hub/internet-tv/entertainment-on-demand, suggesting "Channels you already love, channels you’ve yet to discover; we’ve chosen only the best content for Sony Internet TV", while the actual list available is of interest to only a potential tiny minority. I bought this to watch Netflix, which is legitimately available in Ireland - why are Sony not supporting it? Just to make things 100% clear, I've contact Netflix and they say the ball is in Sony's court - note also that Netflix is available in the US on the SMP-N200. Now I'm faced with either returning the player or going down a shady VPN/foreign DNS route, which will mess up our general internet access and may require a monthly subscription, in order to have decent bandwidth. How come, in this country, we always seem to be at the end of the line for this type of issue?
Finally connected my Sony Blu Ray BDV-E370 to the internet this weekend after rejigging my setup to allow wired access (no way I was paying for the ridiculously priced wireless dongle, hence the delay).
We were pleased to see LoveFilm listed... YouTube, iPlayer and 5 on Demand will also be handy (really not sure about the rest...!). So we linked our LoveFilm account and then looked to do the same with Netflix - FAIL
I can't get my head around the fact that Netflix is available on the PS3 but not my Blue Ray/Home Cinema system. I mean what would make most sense - watching a movie on a games console (?!) or watching a movie in surround sound? Genius!
I'm also annoyed to find there's no 4OD or ITV player - again available on PS3 so why not Blue Ray?!
All in all I regret the purchase of my Sony BDV E370 as we've had nothing but niggles since we bought it and added expense to add functionality to get the Blue Ray up to the advertised spec (eg. wireless dongle, and wireless speaker setup - so far from wireless it's untrue).
I came to this thread looking for Netflix answers so apologies for going a little off topic - it's just one of the many issues I have my with my Sony product - clearly I'm not the only massively annoyed and disappointed Sony customer...!
can I just add my frustration to the ever growing list of people getting sick of Sony ignoring people in Ireland , I have been a loyal customer of Sony for as long as I remember despite their increasingly erratic quality in recent years , dare I mention Sonicstage software or other shoddy product offerings ( yes I am another one stung with the dodgy 40w4500 that I spent €1500 on and is now almost unwatchable , oh to live in The States where consumer power forced Sony into a recall ) , ok rant over now about tv but I have 3 Sony Bluray players and I am getting seriously annoyed that Sony are ignoring The Netflix issue , it cant be that difficult to send out a firmware update as that this stage i never thought I would say it but I cant wait for The Apple TV to arrive which might just offer some decent connectivity
It's good to see more people asking for Sony to fix this. I wonder how many are silent.
There are many more PS3's than there are are connected BRAVIA's, thus the addressable market is far bigger + you have much more processing power available on PS3 so its slightly easier to work with, thus with a finite pool of resource it makes sense to build out the PS3 version first.
Catmambo, what do you mean? How is processing power an issue? It's a simple piece of software, no different to many others already on Blu-ray players, e.g. BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm.
And the PS3 market is far bigger? As far as I'm aware, the PS3 is primarly a gaming console. The Blu-ray player I have sitting redundant in my living room was purchased as a Blu-ray player with online connectivity to online services, such as netflix.
Sony need to get their priorities in order.
I'm thinking of selling my player.
Come on Sony....where's the update (if any) for Netflix on SMP-N200....
Have always bought Sony products with no problems in the past and even took paying the premium of buying a 'Sony' product on the chin but am disappointed with lack of news coming out on this!!!!
Might start looking elsewhere for items that can stream Netflix....LG here I come!!!!
Very disappointed with the channels that are on the SMP-N200, I was full sure looking on the net that it was capable of streaming Netflix, RTE player and so on. I do not have Love Films or BBC player! Should of got another brand player!!!!
Can you share the page where it said it had Netflix and RTE Player? Mindful that Lovefilm and BBC don't operate in Ireland, not sure why they would be on the box?
Sony, how on EARTH are you caught up in this discussion?? You are probably the biggest, if not the most respected, brand of AV equipment and entertainment in the world, yet you can't strike a deal with a wee company streaming films?????!!! I'm sure that if you can't do this, then your sales of "connected" devices will plummet....ah well....cheerio.....
hi have just bought sony bravia internet tv at a cost of 500euros plus. i was always a great believer in sony products and have bought many over the years. but have to say i am very disappointed with new tv. i bought this internet tv with the hope of using it to watch netflix only to discover its no good for that unless i use a laptop or other device hooked up to tv. if i had know then what i know i would have bought a samsung as that works with netflix no problem..don't think i will be buying any more sony products after this. its the end of sony for me and would not recommend sony to anybody
i wasnt even going to reply to catmambo, i know when i am being fobed off.
i understand that the ps3 has a large market so you would want to grab them ,but processing power? so sony make a games machine more suited to watch films on than dedicated movie machines? i would like to point out the psvita a new handheld console with 0 sales units (not having been released yet)has netflix before dedicated blueray players with what surely must have severall million sales across the range, i think in my mind sony are saying we will sell you blue ray players but we would rather you buy games machines , umd is dead is sony expecting blueray to go the same way soon, i wont say who i work for but when i finished work today my store had not sold 1 vita not even had anybody ask about it, i belong to quite a large gaming community of online rpg players that includes dc universe this can be played on pc or ps3 and was i surprised to hear that all of the people that answered the question do you play games or watch movies on the ps3 said a very predictable play games while watching dvds on pc or dvd players, sony instead of going for the film market has gone for the gaming market and seems to want to push just that,am i ranting yes i think i may be:)
We should be in a bit of a clearer position in the next fortnight or so with regards to launch timings and device compatibility. Rest assured we absolutely understand the eagerness of forum members to have this as an application and I'm equally keen to deliver it as soon as possible.
Netflix Support Discussion Thread. i like many on here and no doubt growing rapidly are angry,frustrated,annoyed and fed up with this netflix issuue. nice last answer but dont you now think its too little too late now? i have a bravia tv and want answers... and right now seeing as we payed our hard earned money to you sony. .. and you know darn well im not the only one whos this angry at sony.... so tell us sony customers when exactly you are giving us this highly belated netflix app across all our boards!!! ... Your on extremely thin ice by us.. the sony consumer public and believe you me that we have the final say in linig your companies pockets so dont come across as blatantly ripping customers off and deliver these simple tasks that the rival companies do with ease!!!
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I have to say that I am staggered by the lack of industry support for established online content. The hardware systems have been designed in such a modular fashion that to tack on various online apps should be a fairly simple process. If it isn't then you're doing it wrong. Why can't there be a generic browser that can stream these web services?
To the content itself, well, it's a bit odd, let's be honest. Not exactly main-stream stuff, considering the clout of Sony I would expect there to be a far more enriched environment of online streaming apps. But no.
If this situation isn't addressed sooner rather than later then you'll probably find many more people flocking to Apple TV and the like.
You have a VERY small minority of people here expressing their frustration but I imagine that there are many, many more people who are as frustrated and have not said anything. In the end they, and probably I, will in our own very British fashion vote with our feet.
Wakey638 - What Industry are you referring to? There are only a handful of established TV services, the volume of viewing is dominated by BBC & Youtube, all the others are basically tiny in the scheme of things and they and all use entirely different standards. You have inadvertently hit the nail on the as there is no one standard, or rather there is as part of the Freeview D-Book however all the content aggregators have just ignored it, despite hardware manufacturers supporting standards like HbbTV. The Content guys are just as to blame as CE manufacturers.
Are you seriously comparing Apple TV with the Sony Platform? Maybe you are being ironic in complaining about lack of support for standards and then referring to Apple, masters of the proprietary. Seriously, what services do you gain by moving to Apple TV? Look I'm no Sony fanboy, but I'm not sure I understand your arguments here..
Good to see more people coming forward.
I'm still trying to find updates on my Blu-ray player, but nothing at all, so no Netflix for me. Shame I didn't buy something else.
Anyway, I think we should give Sony the 2 weeks that Catmambo has mentioned and then see if the update has been rolled out.
If it hasn't then I'm personally going to write to Sony and complain. Eventually if I receive no joy then I'll be selling my player and looking to buy something else. I need to be able to choose which streaming service I use - whether it's Netflix, LoveFilm or another. Sony is not allowing me to do that.