Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc
||BD-ROM, BD-3D, BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3), BD-RE (ver.2.1)
||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
||CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW,
Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition
disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution
is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc
discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc
is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p,
1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very
good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal
(not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray
Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed
picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better Sound Quality: In addition to
the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to
with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby
TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High
Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Greater Storage Capacity: What
makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible
is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs.
A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data,
over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer
Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours
of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video,
plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features
and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing
library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism:
a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a
conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on
your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will
not play. The BDP-S790 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc
uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized
recording of copyrighted material.
Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve,
new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for
you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the
firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for
downloading from the Internet. Occasionally, Sony may release updated firmware
for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates
are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware
automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.
Note: The tested Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player contained
firmware version M13.R0325 (as of
6/19/2012). There was an immediate
firmware upgrade (M13.R0369) available. Visit the
Sony eSupport Site for the latest firmware update information.
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital
video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on
DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is
designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling
a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be
recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition
MPEG Playback: The Sony Blu-ray disc player supports playback of
MPEG (1-2-4) video files recorded on BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R,
CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
Still-Image Playback: This unit will play JPEG/GIF/PNG/MPO still picture files
recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as
rotated 90-degrees left or right.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The BDP-S790 supports MP3/WMA/AAC audio files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW
When stopped and restarted, playback
resumes at the same point as long as the tray hasn't been opened and the player
hasn't been turned off.
SACD: Super Audio CD use a technology called Direct Stream
Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a
disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD
offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the original waveform
of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over
120dB across the audible frequency range - some 64 times higher resolution then
CD - Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just
cannot hear on a normal CD.
16-Bit Video Processing w/ SBM (Super Bit Mapping): The Sony
BDP-S790 features 16-bit video processing with Super Bit Map for premium,
stellar picture quality.
Video Outputs: The Sony
BDP-S790 Blu-ray disc player features two high-definition HDMI outputs and one standard-definition
composite video output.
- Dual HDMI (ver.1.4): The BDP-S790's
dual HDMI outputs simplify your A/V connections by carrying high definition video and digital audio in
one cable to up to two televisions. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i,
1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your
- Composite Video: The composite video output will only
output 480i, no matter the source.
Note: This player does not offer a component or S-video output.
Precision Cinema HD Upscaling (up to 4K): Through the HDMI output,
the BDP-S790 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your DVD and Blu-ray
options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 4K, 1080p (60 Hz video
or 24 Hz), 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to
480p or 480i.
24p True Cinema: Movies are typically recorded on film with a
frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at
24 frames per second the BDP-S790 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will
accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.
3D-Ready w/ 2D-3D Conversion: The Sony BDP-S790 lets you
enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. 3D viewing requires compatible 3D
content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable
(supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection. The Sony BDP-S790 can also convert
2D (two-dimensional) video content into simulated 3D (three-dimensional) video
when connected to a 3D-ready TV, with 3D-glasses. You can make adjustments to
the 3D effect and 3D depth.
Deep Color: The Sony Blu-ray player supports a color depth of
up to 12 bits. Connecting the player and a TV that supports Deep Color via HDMI
allows more accurate color reproduction than when connecting it to a TV that does
not support Deep Color. The Deep Color function can be set to 10-bit, 12-bit,
Auto, or Off.
x.v.Color: The BDP-S790 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready
for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.
Screen Settings: The Sony BDP-S790 features the following
- TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or
4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match
your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
- Screen Format: You can select the
display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9
wide screen television. You can select from the following:
- Original: select when
connected to a TV with a wide mode function;
displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect
ratio even on a wide-screen TV
- Fixed Aspect Ratio: changes
the picture size to fit the screen size with the
original picture aspect ratio
- DVD Aspect Ratio: You can select the
display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures
on a 4:3 screen TV. You can select from Letter Box or Pan
Video Settings: The BDP-S790 offers the following video
- Picture Quality Mode: You can select from 3 preset pictures
settings (Standard, Brighter, Theater) for different lighting environment.
- BNR: Reduces the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
- MNR: Reduces minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito
- I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of
Cinema Conversion Mode: The
Sony Blu-ray player offers two Cinema Conversion Modes - Auto & Video.
- Auto: The player
automatically detects whether the material is video-based or film-based, and
switches to the appropriate conversion method.
- Video: The conversion
method suited for video-based material will always be selected regardless of
BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture
capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such
as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.
Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S790 has built-in Dolby
Digital and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby
TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the
HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus
was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio
coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby
Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit
stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital
processors using the coaxial digital output.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless
coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel
surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced
sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High
Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz,
and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has
a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless
compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to
a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
Note: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, & DTS-HD are only output
via the player's HDMI output.
DTS Neo:6: This surround
sound setting outputs simulated multichannel sound from 2 channel sources via
the player's HDMI output.
Audio Settings: The BDP-S790 allows you to adjust the following
- AV SYNC: synchronize the picture and
sound by delaying the audio output in relation to the picture
output; 0 to 120 milliseconds
- Audio DRC: The player offers three dynamic
range compression levels - Auto, On, Off.
Audio Outputs: The Sony
BDP-S790 Blu-ray disc player features two digital audio outputs
(coaxial/optical) and one analog
RCA stereo audio output.
- Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S790 is equipped with
two digital audio outputs (coaxial & optical). The Audio menu allows you to select the
digital audio format that is passed through the digital
output. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or
down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.
- Analog Audio: There is also a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray
player supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the Blu-ray player's
network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on
your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies,
via the Bravia Entertainment Network.
- Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player
is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the player to
your home network and computer.
- Built-in Wireless LAN: The Sony Blu-ray player also
features built-in WiFi which allows you to wirelessly access the Internet
and your home network. The Blu-ray player's built-in WiFi provides a
wireless network connection for the player with easy and quick setup. With
this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the
benefits of networking in a cable-free environment. A wireless connection
requires a home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended)
and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
Dual Core Processor: The Sony Blu-ray player incorporates a
built-in dual core processor that delivers lightning quick speeds without the
lag; your web pages load quicker, movies and media stream faster, and playback
appears noticeably smoother.
Bravia Entertainment Network: Once the Sony BDP-S790 has
been connected to your home network (via Ethernet or WiFi), you can have your
favorite internet content delivered to the Sony Blu-ray player via Bravia
Internet Video or the built-in web browser. You can stream movies, videos, music,
and more with Bravia Internet Video; while the built-in web-browser lets you
search on-line content by URL.
- Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as
a gateway to online audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand
entertainment straight to the Sony Blu-ray player. Bravia Internet TV allows
you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and
music from a large selection of entertainment apps.
- Opera Internet Browser: The built-in Opera Internet
Browser allows you to access select web content through the Sony Blu-ray
player. Using the Opera Internet Browser, you gain access to Sony.com and
Gracenote Music Services. The built-in internet browser also allows you to
do basic keyword searches, so you can browse other select websites
(text-based only). The Opera Internet Browser is not a full search
engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet audio/video/photo content, use
Sony's Bravia Internet Video service. Some web-pages maybe too large for
Bravia Network Entertainment Library: Currently the Bravia
Network Entertainment Library contains the following online content and widgets.
(as of 6/20/2012).
Bravia Internet Video
Video Unlimited: Video Unlimited is the ultimate
source for the latest hit movies, classics and TV shows from every
major studio. Forget monthly subscriptions or late fees. Watch what
you want, when you want. Buy or rent titles in SD, 1080p HD or 3D
(select titles) up to 28 days before Netflix or Redbox.
Netflix 5.1: Unlimited Movies & TV episodes: For
only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes
streaming over the Internet to your Sony TV.
Hulu+: Hulu Plus lets you watch current hit TV
shows, classic series, and acclaimed movies anytime in HD for
$7.99/month with limited advertising.
Vudu: Vudu is an HD on-demand movie service. With
over 3,000 movies available on-demand in streaming 1080p, VUDU
offers you the world's largest HD movie catalog. You can watch new
movies on Vudu the same day they're released on DVD. Vudu delivers
1080p vide with 5.1ch surround sound. There is no monthly
subscription fee. Pay for only the movies you want to watch.
Flixster: Get the hottest new movie trailers from
Amazon Instant Video: Amazon Instant Video lets you
search, browse and rent your favorites instantly, right from your
couch. Choose from over 90,000 movies and TV shows, including the
latest new releases
SnagFilms: The best Indie movies on demand.
CinemaNow: CinemaNow is a digital entertainment service that
offers instant access to an extensive library of premium video
content for rental or purchase, including new release movies and TV
shows, with no subscription required.
Crackle: The next-generation video entertainment
network with hundreds of movies, TV shows and original series from
the vast Sony Pictures library.
Unlimited: Music Unlimited offers you unlimited access to
millions of songs from every major label. Forget syncing MP3 files
across multiple devices; simply connect to the cloud to instantly
experience the music you love anytime, anyplace. Enjoy timeless
favorites or dare to try something new; all without paying for each
track or album.
Free, personalized internet radio playing only music you love.
Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack into your living
room. Enter your favorite artists and enjoy stations created just
for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your
tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.
Slacker is a free personalized radio service with millions of songs
from thousands of artists. Simply select your favorite type of music
from one of over 120 expert-programmed genre stations. As you
listen, give feedback and the station becomes personalized just for
Fool: The Singing Fool music video collection: rock, pop,
rap, R&B, country and more. Thousands of titles means there's
something for everyone on Singing Fool.
Philharmoniker: Enjoy one of the world's best orchestras
directly from your connected Sony TV.
MoshCam.com: Over 800 full length concert videos recorded
in Sydney, Australia's leading music venues including Jane's
Addiction, Gary Numan, Ben Harper, John Butler Trio, The Hives,
Blondie, Jarvis Cocker, Public Enemy and many more.
Skype: The Skype app makes it easy to communicated with friends
and family all over the globe with internet voice and video calls
(for free). Simply add a compatible microphone/camera (158CBR100,
sold separately) to make Skype-to-Skype video calls or
Skype-to-phone calls through your compatible Sony TV
YouTube: The world's most popular online
destination, comes to your Sony Connected Device. This forum allows
people to discover and watch millions of originally-created videos.
Facebook: Millions of
people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an
unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more
about the people they meet.
XOS College Sports: Offers the largest digital
library of college sports content, spanning 75+ years of
competition. Watch full games, original programming, season
highlights and documentaries both past and present. All the best
conferences, teams and sports are here.
NHL Vault: Gives you access to over 800 classic
games, as well as full length and condensed game replays with no
GolfLink.com: Built for golfers, and covering over
21,000 courses, Golflink.com brings you everything you need to track
and improve your game.
Billabong's: Snow, Surf, Skate and Wake action from
around the globe, featuring Billabong's all-star athletes, swimwear
and fashion models.
Watch the latest in technology from Engadget and TechCrunch,
catch up on the latest celebrity gossip from Huffington Post,
preview the latest movies from Moviefone, or even learn how to cook
like a pro from personalities such as Curtis Stone, Sam Talbot and
Gail Simmons - all from AOL HD.
Watch the latest videos from Howcast, your source for the best
how-to videos. From how to write a resume - to how to survive a bear
attack, Howcast shows you how to do just about anything; wherever
and whenever you want to know how.
Entertaining, high octane, multi-topic hour that is equal parts
life-saving information combined with an "embarrassment-free zone"
sensibility where nothing is off limits or out of bounds. The show
is all about what impacts viewers, their families, their health and
The destination for health, fitness and lifestyle videos. Take
responsibility and live an active, healthy lifestyle every day.
Stiles: Useful and fun yoga routines for everyone.
The definitive voice of fashion online, providing comprehensive
coverage of the major fashion shows and authoritative reports on
elgourmet.com: With original contents for those who know
how to enjoy the pleasures of life, elgourmet.com offers 24 hrs of
uninterrupted programming for experts in fine living.
Learn how to prepare dishes from around the world, tour celebrity
kitchens and get tips on entertaining.
WealthTV is the premier luxury lifestyle and entertainment cable
network that gives you a vicarious look into the American Dream.
From the fastest cars to the most exotic destinations, WealthTV
allows you to travel the world and live the good life without having
to leave your living room.
Professionally-produced video clips and how-to videos. Named 'Best
of Web' by BusinessWeek readers in 2008.
DailyMotion: Engages your world with video of your
interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and
distant places and everything else from strange to spectacular.
Acclaimed audio podcasts from National Public Radio featuring news,
talk, and entertainment.
Whether you're interested in anything ranging from World News and US
Politics to Recipes and Celebrity Gossip, NewsLook's topic based
video RSS reader has everything you're looking for available in real
time. Watch news on the go or from the comfort of your home on your
connected Sony TV.
Opera Internet Brower
Opera Internet Brower
Access to Sony official website
Gracenote Music Service: Links to the Gracenote
Music Service which contains more than five million tracks for
identification and recommendations.
Searches: Browse the internet via keyword & URL searches.
here for a full list of Bravia Entertainment Network content. Bravia
Internet Video Requires home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5
Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size
vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content
provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration.
Available online content may change without notice (visit Sony.com for
latest information regarding online content).
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy
various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG/PNG/GIF), music
(MP3/WMA/AAC/LPCM), and video (AVCHD/MPEG) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or
other DLNA Certified media server) through the Sony BDP-S790. The Blu-ray player
can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN)
connection or Wi-Fi connection (via built-in WiFi). This eliminates the need to
copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.
Party Streaming: You can play music in other rooms
simultaneously by connecting Sony products which are compatible with DLNA and
the Party Streaming function.
Gracenote Metadata Service: The Gracenote Metadata service
instantly gives you access to detailed information about the movies you are
watching through the Blu-ray disc player internet connectivity. This
easy-to-navigate service displays information such as cast information, genre,
jacket art and more right on the TV screen. You can also access select internet
apps including YouTube and Qriocity to find related entertainment
Note: Requires Internet connectivity. Some disc titles may not be
supported by the Gracenote service.
BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream
bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and
more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The
Sony Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your
home network & features a front/rear-panel USB port for additional storage.
The unit also features an internal 1GB flash memory.
Dual USB Ports: The Blu-ray player's front- & rear-panel USB (type-A) ports
allow you to play photo (JPEG/PNG/GIF/MPO), videos (AVCHD/MPEG), & music (MP3/WMA/AAC/LPCM) files on a connected USB device.
The player can recognize Mass Storage Class (MSC) Devices
that are FAT-compatible and Still Image Capture Devices
(SICD) class devices. The player can recognize up to 5 folders and 500 files
per folder. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content & other data which can be downloaded
to the unit's internal 1GB flash memory.
Note: Not all USB devices are supported. The player also
supports USB 101 keyboards.
Quick Start: Quick Start speeds up the load time on movies,
so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The Sony
Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 3.7 seconds in Quick Start
mode (23.2 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately
25.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (37.4 seconds in normal mode).
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started
with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up
Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play
Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.
Touch-Sensitive Controls: The Blu-ray disc player features
top-panel touch-sensitive controls for simple operation.
On-Screen Display: The Sony BDP-S790 provides an OSD via its
HDMI or composite video output. The on-screen text can be set to English,
French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The player also features a single-line
Auto Display: The player automatically displays information on your TV
screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc..
Screen Saver: The screen saver image appears when you do not
use the player for more than 10 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the
home menu, is displayed on your TV screen. The screen saver image helps prevent
your display devices from becoming damaged.
Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S790 offers Parental Control
settings to limit BD, DVD, and streamed Internet video according to the age of
the users. You can also Allow or Block all unrated Internet video. The control
settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password. You can also lock the disc
tray to prevent it from being opened by mistake.
ENERGY STAR Compliant: The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player meets Energy
Star 2.0 standards. Electric power consumption is significantly reduced during
both use & standby.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates the Blu-ray
player & a Sony TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. The remote
is also pre-programmed with power, input, & volume controls for several other
brand TVs. The IR remote also includes a dedicated Netflix button so you can
access your on-line Netflix movies with a single press of a button.
HDMI Control (Bravia Sync): Sony components compatible with
the HDMI Control function can be controlled via the HDMI connection. This includes
convenient features like One-Touch Play & System Power-Off.
IR Input: The IR input on this Blu-ray disc player can be used with
your remote control and other compatible home automation devices. Even if
installed in a hard to reach area, attach an external remote sensor to access
easily with your universal remote control.
Mobile Device Control: You can turn your Sony Tablet or compatible Android
into a versatile remote when you download the free MediaRemote app for
Android devices or
Sony Tablets. The Media Remote app requires that the Sony Blu-ray player and
Android or Sony remote device be connected to the same wireless
network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n
recommended). Enjoy complete remote function, as well as full QWERTY keyboard.
TV SideView: Your iPod
touch, iPhone, iPad (running iOS 5.0 or later) becomes a remote control and
program guide by adding the TV SideView app. The Sony Blu-ray player and
Apple iOS device must be connected to the same wireless