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Sony BDP-S790

3D Blu-ray player with 4K upscaling and Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Sony BDP-S790

Sony's BDP-S790 has the necessary horsepower to take on a multitude of tasks. Powerful 16-bit video processing means Blu-ray movies, regular and 3D, will look magnificent. So will your favorite DVDs, with picture quality boosted to better match the resolution of your HDTV. This player also uses a dual-core processor to help movies and media stream faster and web pages load quicker.

A power player

Sony's BDP-S790 has the necessary horsepower to take on a multitude of tasks. Powerful 16-bit video processing means Blu-ray movies, regular and 3D, will look magnificent. So will your favorite DVDs, with picture quality boosted to better match the resolution of your HDTV. This player also uses a dual-core processor to help movies and media stream faster and web pages load quicker.

Thousands of movies and millions of songs await

Use this player to stream a variety of online content, from instantly available movies on Netflix® to videos from YouTube™. Or listen to Pandora® Internet radio played through your home theater speakers. With built-in Wi-Fi you can take advantage of the 'S790's online capabilities without running Ethernet cable. You can also stream movies, pictures and music directly from your home computer. When you connect your digital camera or thumb drive to either of the player's USB ports, you can instantly share your videos or music.

Use your phone as a remote...

Thanks to the free Sony TV SideView app download, you can use your iPhone®, or compatible Android™ phone to control the BDP-S790 via Wi-Fi. Plus, the iPad® and lots of other tablets work too. Best of all, in addition to regular remote functions, the app lets you use your smartphone's QWERTY keyboard to make movie and video searching a whole lot easier.

...and this player as a phone

The 'S790 is ready to Skype™ when you are. Just add a Sony CMU-BR100 camera/microphone module and you can video chat with friends and family, near and far.

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What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • RMT-B122A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 47`" Audio/Video cable (with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Online product registration information

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, SACDs, and rewriteable CDs
  • dual-core processor for faster loading of video media and web content
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • dual HDMI outputs let you connect two displays, like an HDTV and a projector
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix®, YouTube™, and Pandora® Internet radio (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix service)
  • find the latest info about this Blu-ray player's Internet apps at Sony's website (apps may vary by model)
  • 4K video upscaling for use with Ultra HD TVs
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • control the player with your smartphone using Sony's free TV SideView app for Apple® and Android devices
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony TVs and components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K via HDMI output
  • 16-bit video processing with Super Bit Mapping
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D Blu-ray and DVD movies
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • video outputs include composite video and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, optical digital and coaxial digital
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • Skype™-ready with addition of optional Sony CMU-BR100 camera/microphone module
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-5/8"H x 8-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD Yes
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control Yes
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback Stereo
Multi-channel
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 2
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs 1
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Network/USB Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-3D, BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3), BD-RE (ver.2.1)
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, SACD

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 signal.

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 discs. 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.

Video Features

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 television.
  • 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 discs. Output 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 screen settings:

  • 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 & Scan.

Video Settings: The BDP-S790 offers the following video adjustments:

  • 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 noise)
  • I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of Internet entertainment.

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 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.

Audio Features

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 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.

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.

Network/USB Functions

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 download.

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
Movies 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 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 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.
Music 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.
Singing 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.
Berliner 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.
Social Media 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.
Sports 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 blackouts.
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.
Lifestyle 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.
Dr. Oz: 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 their well-being.
Livestrong: The destination for health, fitness and lifestyle videos. Take responsibility and live an active, healthy lifestyle every day.
Tara Stiles: Useful and fun yoga routines for everyone.
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.
News 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.
Opera Internet Brower
Opera Internet Brower Sony.com: 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.
URL Searches: Browse the internet via keyword & URL searches.

Note: Click 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.

Convenience Features

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 front-panel display.

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.

Remote Control

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 Smartphone (2.1+) 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 network.

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sony your diskclean Blu-ray bdp-790 has a dual core building for better streaming it will last a long time ten years [ RONALD  Feb 10, 2014 ]
I got it for a dedicated media room with a projector. The wi-if allows you to download firmware updates to make sure it is always compatible with the latest disks. It also allows for 4k up scaling which it doesn't sound like you need (unless your secretly getting a $10k projector). You may be able to get buy with a lesser player but this one is very sturdy and the picture is awesome. Lastly, I have a 6 year old BluRay player in another room that still works fine. [ JOHN B  Jan 28, 2014 ]
I have never used my product because I have not been able to get it hooked up to my flat screen. [ JORDAN  Jan 26, 2014 ]
Hi Linda, Good question. The more expensive blu-ray player would enable you to access the features of a smart tv even if the tv is not a smart one. You would need wireless internet. This would be important if you want to access netflix, hulu plus, amazon prime, etc. in addition to playing blu-ray dvds. If that is not important for you, go with the cheaper one. Also, for 3d, you would need a tv that can show 3d and you would need a 3d source. These blu-rays generally cost more than non 3d ones. Players can generally last a long time, depending on frequency of usage. So if you are considering a tv upgrade down the road, you may want to think about the higher priced one. I have one and love it. Hope this helps. [ MARK L  Jan 26, 2014 ]
EDDIE S : Yes I have a Asus RT-N66R Gigabit Router Wireless -N900 that supports 5GHz [ Edison  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Yes. Mine is hooked up @ 5 GHz to AT&T Uverse and works great. [ JOHN B  Dec 20, 2013 ]
yes it does I own a 790 both 2 and 5GHz [ RONALD  Dec 20, 2013 ]
The unit I have only supports 2.4 GHz wireless [ Neil  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Its just standard WiFi. I have two of these players at home. Love them. Richie [ RICHIE  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
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