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Christmas dinner won’t be ruined this year; the Queen’s Speech can wait. Literally.

Press release   •   Dec 18, 2020 09:00 GMT

Tech advancements have changed Christmas Day, for the better. From catch up TV to getting a (voice) assistant on the day

  • Over a quarter of us (27%) are happier to watch catch up TV; having more freedom and flexibility on Christmas day rather than rushing to have dinner finished so we’re ready for the Queen’s Speech at its scheduled time
  • Board Games have a nostalgic tradition in many households on the big day. Families this year are likely to see a difference; over half (55%) admit playing Board Games at Christmas but 1 in 10 of us (13%) would like to teach granny or granddad how to play computer games
  • Sony’s XH90 BRAVIA will transform Christmas this year thanks to its Smart TV abilities – Google Assistant is set to answer questions we might have on the day, we can watch what we want, when we want, plus it is ‘ready for PlayStation®5 (PS5™)’ - providing an extremely smooth gaming experience

In the last 50 years and more, technology has evolved our Christmases. We don’t have to wait to watch the latest shows. Instead, we can have a beautifully brilliant day that is relaxing too; a third of (27%) of the nation have welcomed ‘catch up TV’ on the festive day.

We all remember our favourite ‘TV moments’ and the anticipation of the Christmas special from our favourite soap or comedian of ‘when this character did THAT’ and ‘I can’t believe I saw THAT on TV…’. Our TVs too have taken a rather big journey over the last five decades and more.

Top TV advancements and how they’ve helped our Christmas Day:

  • 1.Screen sizes have continued to grow - 60 years ago, Sony’s first TV set was only an 8-inch TV set that families huddled around to watch festive films such as It’s a Wonderful Life from even before then, it was created in 1946. Nowadays 55-inch is one of the most purchased screen sizes in 2020 providingan immersive cinematic experience at home with the family
  • 2.Black and White through to colourful scenes – with colour TVs coming to life in 1968, beautiful Christmas movies could be seen in all their glory
  • 3.In the 80s, you could get your own ‘personal TV’ for Christmas – where you could watch on a 10-inch TV screen, similar to how you can now on your phone. Imagine that some festive households were a little separated with others watching in another room!
  • 4.Design-led elements came to life with ‘picture frame TV’ models - so that the Christmas decorations could beautifully enhance a design-led, modern living room
  • 5.Innovation in our TVs now can make old shows look even more up to date – TRILUMINOS technology powered by Sony’s X1 processor reproduces more colour than a conventional television. It analyses and processes data in every image to make colours even more natural and precise so pictures are closer than ever to real life
  • 6.We now have the freedom and flexibility to watch what we want, when we want it – with streaming services and the inclusion of Android TV within our tellies, it opens up a world of possibilities in terms of what and how we can watch. For Christmas day however, you can eat your festive lunch and if you miss the first few minutes of the Queen’s Speech, it is all waiting on catch up – giving Mum a stress-free day this year
  • 7.4K straight into our living rooms – having 4K technology powered into living rooms provides the most incredible picture quality and real-life detail – bringing Santa to life right in the comfort of our own homes
  • 8.TVs have become ever more affordable – there is something for everyone and a screen size for all

Mike Somerset, TV Marketing Manager, Sony, comments, “Over the years everything from the invention of a TV remote through to 3D TV, and HD to flatscreen TVs and catch up services has boosted the way we watch our TV sets – even more so at Christmas when there is more choice than ever.

“With models such as the latest XH90 BRAVIA TV from Sony, you’ll be transported into the action with a beautifully crisp view and surround sound from your sofa. Thanks to its Smart TV functionality, viewers can watch what they want, when they want

The XH90 from Sony is ‘Ready for PS5’ with beautiful picture quality thanks to its X1 processor and powerful sound coming directly from the TV Screen. The XH90 can display gameplay images of up to 4K resolution at 120 fps. It also features BRAVIA Game Mode, which allows users to automatically play games on the PS5 console with low latency, and users can watch both TV and PS5 with the DualSense™ wireless controller all while seamlessly controlling their PS5 using just the TV remote.

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