Sony has extended its BRAVIA HDTV range to include a new model that for the first time lets viewers access online services.

The Z5500 uses Sony’s AppliCast technology to connect via its Ethernet port to the Internet.

The HDTV can display RSS feeds and, through its XMB (XrossMediaBar) on-screen interface, provides a choice of widgets that can be simultaneously viewed while watching TV.

Hiroshi Sakamoto, vice president, TV Marketing EuropeSony, said that alongside a pre-installed analogue clock and calendar, the Z5500 can download other networked widgets.

The list includes: calculator, alarm, world clock and picture frame online, which allows you to display an image that is stored online when the TV is in Picture Frame Mode.

The Z5500 also comes equipped with CI Plus interface, enabling broadcasters to offer premium content directly to TVs without the need for a separate set-top box.

There’s also an integrated MPEG 4 AVC HD tuner for watching HD broadcasts without the need for a set-top box.

The Z5500 will be available in three screen sizes (40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch).

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