The electronics giant said it will start to sell the new sets from this summer, allowing viewers to access the YouView interface, backwards EPG and content from the BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5 catch-up services without needing a separate set-top box.
“We are thrilled to announce a major collaboration with Sony on our first ever project to make YouView available on TVs,” said YouView CEO Richard Halton.
“This exciting YouView and Sony partnership will create a deep integration of YouView’s functionality within the new Sony TV range, built on the Android platform. It will offer everything you’d expect from YouView including our iconic seamless and easy to use TV guide, giving customers simple access to the live and catch up TV they love.”
John Anderson, UK and Ireland country head for Sony added: “The way we watch TV is changing, with more demand than ever for a large range of content, when we want it, how we want it. We’re delighted to be the first manufacturer in the UK to announce the addition of YouView to our range of TVs.”
Sony said its new line-up of TVs will include 12 Ultra HD models and that YouView will be combined with Android TV and Sony’s One-Flick Entertainment service.
The news comes after California-based TV maker Seiki announced at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas last month that it will be the first to introduce HD sets featuring the new Freeview Connect TV service in the UK by the third quarter of this year.
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