Sony is releasing its own unique streaming service this year called “Bravia Core. The platforms will allow TV owners to watch and stream the highest quality content available on the market at the moment. Forget Netflix 4K, the platform will host actual uncompressed 4K UHD Blu-Ray disc quality movies according to Sony.
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Sony plans on rolling out the platform across the new Bravia XR TV models later this year. In addition, the streaming service won’t cost customers anything extra at first. Instead, Sony is adding it onto the device as a “value-added service” which allows them to watch and enjoy the highest-quality content on their fancy new 4K and 8K Bravia TV. Sony will provide a certain number of credits to customers depending on the TV they purchase. Those credits can be exchanged for movies and content. It is unclear whether or not users can purchase more credits or if the Sony Bravia Core platform will have a monthly subscription plan.
According to Sony, the Bravia Core platform takes advantage of what Sony calls “Pure Stream” technology. It achieves “near-lossless ultra-high-definition, Blu-Ray disc quality”. However, this comes at a cost of internet. Users will need at least 80 megabits per second in order to achieve the highest quality on the service. This is pretty high in comparison to other streaming platforms. Netflix, for example, ranges between 15 and 25 megabits per second.
But don’t cancel your Netflix subscription just yet. The Sony Bravia Core platform is not going to be the next subscription service. Instead, the company simply wants to use it as a showcase not only for the Bravia TV range but also to boast its world-class filming technology used across the available films.
The new Sony Bravia 2021 TV range was announced earlier this week and includes new 4K and 8K Full-Array and OLED displays. They boast PS5 features out of the box including VRR and 4K 120Hz support. Let’s hope the 2021 range fairs better than Sony’s empty promises left in the 2020 range last year. You can read more about the TV range here.
Source: Sony Bravia Core Site
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