Disc and USB Compatibility
Disc and USB Compatibility
Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc
||BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
||DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R,
||CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW
Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a 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-S3100 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-S3100 Blu-ray player contained
firmware version M14.R.0039 with an immediate update for firmware version
M14.R.0093 (as of 3/14/2013). Visit the
eSupport Site for the latest firmware update information.
USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to play
photo, videos, and music 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 500 folders/files.
The USB port also allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on
certain Blu-ray Disc titles. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content and other data which
can be downloaded to an inserted USB Flash Drive (minimum 1 GB recommended, sold
Note: Not all USB devices are supported.
Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Sony Blu-ray disc player
supports playback of the following audio/video/photo files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD+R/RW,
DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs; plus compatible USB memory devices.
||MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
||AVCHD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2,
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, WMV9, XVID
||JPEG, GIF, PNG
Enclosed Optical Drive: The fully-enclosed optical drive keeps
dust and particles away for optimal video playback.
HDMI (ver.1.3): The BDP-S3100's
HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in
one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or
1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your
Note: This player does not offer
any analog audio/video outputs.
Precision Cinema HD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output,
the BDP-S3100 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output
options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p (60 Hz video
or 24 Hz), 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to
480p or 480i. You can also choose to bypass the Blu-ray player's scaler, so the
source material's original resolution is passed to your connected TV.
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-S3100 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will
accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.
Triluminos Color: The BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player incorporates Sony's
Triluminos Color technology to provide a wider color gamut with rich, authentic color
and a far more natural viewing experience with a heightened sense of 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-S3100 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-S3100 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 choose
Full or Normal (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) or Normal (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-S3100 offers the following video
- Picture Quality Mode: You can select from 3 preset
pictures settings (Standard, Brighter, Theater) for different lighting
- BNR: Reduces the mosaic-like block noise in the
- MNR: Reduces minor noise around the picture outlines
- I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of
Cinema Conversion Mode: The Sony Blu-ray player offers two
Cinema Conversion Modes - (1) Auto mode automatically detects whether the
material is video-based or film-based, and switches to the appropriate
conversion method. (2) The Video mode is suited for video-based material and
will always be selected regardless of the content.
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-S3100 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, and 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-S3100 allows you to adjust the
following audio settings.
- 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.
Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S3100 is equipped with a
coaxial (RCA) digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital
audio format that is passed through the coaxial digital output. Settings allow
you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround
bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony BDP-S3100
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 Bravia Entertainment Network.
- Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony BDP-S3100 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 b/g/n access point (802.11n
recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
Bravia Entertainment Network: Once the Sony BDP-S3100 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 Audio/Video, the Opera TV Store, 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. The Opera TV Store
lets you download additional apps.
- Bravia Internet Audio/Video: Bravia Internet
Audio/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 Audio/Video allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of
movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of
- 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
- Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store provides a collection of
additional downloadable web apps that are optimized for TV viewing. These apps
range from videos, games, weather, news, world clocks, and social networks.
Bravia Internet Audio/Video Library: Click
here for a full list of Sony Entertainment Network content. The chart below lists many of the popular pre-installed Bravia Internet apps
(as of 3/14/2013).
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 and 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 Flixster.
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
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.
Music 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.
Pandora: 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: 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 you.
vTuner: vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations
and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and
podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide
variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location,
Language, and Favorites.
Berliner Philharmoniker: Enjoy one of the world's
best orchestras directly from your connected 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
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 Games: Watch live and archived
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.
AOL HD: 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.
eHow: 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.
Livestrong: The destination for health, fitness and
lifestyle videos. Take responsibility and live an active, healthy
lifestyle every day.
Style.com: The definitive voice of fashion online,
providing comprehensive coverage of the major fashion shows and
authoritative reports on seasonal trends.
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.
Epicurious: Learn how to prepare dishes from around
the world, tour celebrity kitchens and get tips on entertaining.
WealthTV: 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.
uStudio: 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.
NPR: Acclaimed audio podcasts from National Public
Radio featuring news, talk, and entertainment.
NewsLook: 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.
Note: Bravia Internet Audio/Video requires a 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
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy
various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG/PNG/GIF), music
(MP3/WMA/WAV), and video (AVCHD/MPEG/WMV/XVID) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or
other DLNA Certified media server) through the Sony BDP-S3100. 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 and features front-panel USB port for additional storage.
Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB
memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port
in order to download content from BD-Live.
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 2.7 seconds in Quick Start
mode (23.1 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately
19.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (35.3 seconds in normal mode).
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started
with the Blu-ray player initially turned off and 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.
On-Screen Display: The Sony BDP-S3100 provides an OSD via its
HDMI output. The on-screen text can be set to English,
French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The unit does not offer a front-panel
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.
Auto Standby: If any button on the player or remote is not pressed for
more than 30 minutes, the player automatically returns to standby mode.
Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S3100 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-S3100 Blu-ray player meets Energy
Star 2.0 standards. Electric power consumption is significantly reduced during
both use and standby.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates the Blu-ray
player and a Sony TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. The
remote even has a dedicated Netflix button for immediate access to your Netflix
movies. The remote
is also pre-programmed with power, input, and volume controls for several other
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 and System Power-Off.
Sony TV SideView App: With the free Sony TV SideView App, you can
control the BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player and browse content from your Apple iPod
touch/iPhone/iPad (5.0+) or Android smartphone/tablet (2.2+). Simply download
the this app from the
iTunes App Store or
Google Play Store. The TV SideView App will allow your compatible Apple iOS
or Android device to act as a remote control and software keyboard for the Sony
Blu-ray player. You can also view disc information and search for Sony Bravia
Internet apps from your compatible mobile device. In addition, you can
use your Apple iOS/Android device to stream your videos, pictures, and music
stored on your Windows computer or DLNA server to the Blu-ray player and your connected TV.
Note: The Sony TV SideView App requires that the Sony Blu-ray
player and your Apple iOS or Android device be connected to the same
DLNA compatible wireless network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access
point (802.11n recommended).
USB Keyboard Compatible: The Sony Blu-ray player also supports the
connection of a USB 101 keyboard, which makes web browsing simpler.