Sony 2020

SarahSarah Member Posts: 1,812 admin
edited 20 August 2020, 4:46PM in Announcements

Hi all, 

We are pleased to announce that a new range of Sony TVs with YouView integrated are now available. These include an updated UI to bring them more in line with the UI available on YouView boxes. Catch up and On Demand content on YouView is available for BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5, STV, BBC Sounds and BritBox.

YouView benefits from regular automatic updates delivered through the Play Store meaning viewers will never miss out on the latest features to enhance their TV Viewing.

This will initially be available on 2020 Sony Bravia Android TVs.

Below are the new model versions:

  • XH80 SERIES (e.g. KD43XH8096BU)
  • XH81 SERIES (e.g. KD43XH8196BU)
  • XH85 SERIES (e.g. KD43XH8505BU)
  • XH90 SERIES (e.g. KD-55XH9005 UKA)
  • XH91 SERIES (e.g. KD43XH9196BU)
  • XH92 SERIES (e.g. KD-55XH9296UKA)
  • XH95 SERIES (e.g. KD55XH9505BU)
  • ZH8 SERIES (e.g. KD75ZH8BU)
  • A8 SERIES (e.g. KD55A8BU)
  • A85 SERIES (e.g. KD55A85BU)
  • A9 SERIES (e.g. KD48A9BU)


  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,425 ✭✭✭
    How about one of these to add to your collection @Roy
    A snip at £8,999  :)
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭
    Cheers @jimb

    It might just about do for the bedroom, but what would you recommend for the lounge?
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • joneshjonesh Member, Super User Posts: 1,713 ✭✭✭
    Last year I got rid of our Sony CRT TV and replaced it with an HD Panasonic. It cost 699 quid. Extravagant, I know, but the pictures from the Topfield recordings look lovely in HD :).
  • Steve PowellSteve Powell Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    My 2019 TV got an automatic firmware update, which evidently replaced the YouView app with this new one which is called LIVE TV & CATCH UP, and it also removed YouView as the default TV EPG. I had to do this to get it back to how it was before:

    Why on earth is it not called YouView anymore? How is anyone supposed to know what it is?
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭
    FIrst BT, and now Sony. 

    Everyone wants a piece of YouView, but nobody wants to call it that.

    Funny peculiar, in my book.
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    Since Sony are still using it albeit in a different disguise maybe something is preventing them from using the trademark youview. 
    Deacon Blue hit from October 88
  • Stevef_fr8ysStevef_fr8ys Member, Super User Posts: 772 ✭✭
    If that were true they would also not be able to use the software.
  • DJHB1980DJHB1980 Member Posts: 168 ✭✭
    I have a Sony Bravia Android UHD HDR TV Model No XG9005.

    I see this as a massive 2 fingers up from Sony. 

    My model in particular i feel is given total distain, they don’t seem to care about pre 2020 and next year the 2020 range will maybe the ugly ducklings???

    Beware on buying Sony. My 25yrs of buying exclusively Sony is sadly coming to an end!!!!
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    edited 25 January 2021, 3:54PM
    Hi DJGB
    Like you have always enjoyed Sony televisions. At present we have two KD series
     (43" and 49", anyone else think its ironic in this metric age we still measure screen size in inches)
     I think both have freeview play tuners. I say think because I have
    never used the freeview play epg because as soon as the TV is unpacked its linked to my youview remote and the Sony remote put away never to be used again.
     The tv is then linked to the roku. 
    Dare say thousands of Sky and Virgin suber's do the same with their respective remotes. 
    Point being how many people actually go out to buy a Sony TV with youview as a deal breaker.
    Many reasons not to invest in a Sony but not for the reason you mentioned. 
    Deacon Blue hit from October 88
  • Steve PowellSteve Powell Member Posts: 52 ✭✭
    Another Bravia software update from Sony today. Anyone would think removing the YouView logo and deselecting it as the default for live TV had resulted in a lot of support calls asking where the app had gone. However, there’s still no logo. It still says LIVE TV & CATCH-UP.
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭
    If YouView was sushi, Sony would probably label it ‘cold, dead, raw fish’.
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 1,113 ✭✭
    edited 28 January 2021, 3:59PM
    There's a sushi bar near me that caters exclusively for's called  "sosumi"

    Deacon Blue hit from October 88
  • BigMacleodBigMacleod Member Posts: 1
    Bought a Sony KH95 series in December 2020, it has a great picture, but if it hadn't been the middle of a pandemic I would have returned it straight away. Timeshift is such a basic function that my non HD youview box from several years ago has it. It's been around for a decade, and the absence of it on Sony TVs is never mentioned in reviews. I appreciate that a great deal of television is now streaming, but I don't see why we can't have all the features in freeview as well, the TV and the Android software is capable of supporting it and Youview normally has it, so why is it not there!

    The Youview interface lacks elegance as does the Android TV software, but I wouldn't care much if it was fully featured, It'll mean I have to buy a box to get all the features I like and makes `Sony prices seem a lot less attractive
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭

    There are no non-HD YouView boxes. So your box is either a non-HDD ‘zapper’ YouView box, or not a YouView box at, but some other make of PVR.

    Timeshift requires recording; and yes, even the YouView ‘zapper’ boxes have the capacity to do that.

    But YouView on Sony, fundamentally not; you can hang a USB stick or hard drive on the TV, and the Freeview side can use it, but not the YouView (or ‘Live And Catch-up TV’, as we must apparently learn to call it, side, so far does it depart from YouView as it is understood).

    So no pause and rewind live TV, nor any more thorough-going form of timeshift either😢
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
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