New Bravias talk to the peripherals

We don’t know about you, but reaching for two remote controls can just seem too much like hard work. Thankfully Sony has come up with the soluti

We don’t know about you, but reaching for two remote controls can just seem too much like hard work. Thankfully Sony has come up with the solution. Press play on a Blu-ray remote and its new tellies will fire up automatically – turn the telly off and the player will power down too.Sony calls it Bravia Theatre Sync – we call it genius. Think what we can do with all the extra time we save. Naturally the must-have, seconds-saving feature has been bestowed on both the new D3000 and S3000-series Bravias.While Sony’s touting the S3000 as being its first screen to offer three HDMI ports, our eyes are on the D3000 (pictured) and its Motionflow technology. Like Panasonic’s new Vieras it boosts the refresh rate to a silky smooth 100Hz but it also adds 24p True Cinema for viewing films as the director intended, rather than sped up by four per cent to match the telly’s speed.That, of course, does mean that films take four per cent longer to watch – wasting all those precious seconds you saved with the remote.Only a 46in model is slated for the moment – and there’s no release date yet. Forty and 32in S3000 models will be out this autumn with 20 and 46in sets to follow.

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Sony S3000, D3000 Price: £TBA On sale: Autumn 2007 Contact: Sony Related stories: Panny's 32in HD hat trick