Sony's Bravias get ready for hi-def Freeview

While we wait for the first TVs with built-in Freesat HD receivers, Sony's just dropped a new line of screens that'll handle yet-to-go-live terrestria

While we wait for the first TVs with built-in Freesat HD receivers, Sony's just dropped a new line of screens that'll handle yet-to-go-live terrestrial HD signals.

The V4500 series Bravias all have integrated MPEG-4 AVC HD tuners under the hood that'll receive DVB-T/DVB-C services. That means they'll be able to handle Freeview HD when it hits your aerial sometime in 2009 – with no need for a new set-top box.

In the meantime you'll just have to make do with a Sky or Freesat box and dish to enjoy HD on the range's 26, 32, 37in 720p screens. While you're at it you can also marvel at the 33000:1 contrast ratio and if Blu-Ray movies are your thing then they'll all also handle 24p with aplomb.

Finally, when you tire of TV, there's always the Picture Frame Mode, as seen on other new models, complete with six pre-loaded images from the likes of van Gogh to turn your telly into a giant picture frame. We always said these Bravias were a work of art.

Sony Bravia V4500 series

Price: £TBA

On sale: TBA

Contact: Sony