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Home CCTV on your TV

As our home networks extend to connect more and more devices utilising our broadband internet routers, gigabit switches, media centres, wireless networks, multiple family PCs etc. it is becoming ever simpler to share any data on the network.

We don’t normally comment much on developments in televisions here, but just in case it has passed you by, we think it is worth mentioning the advanced connectivity options available from sets such as Sony’s latest Bravia range.

Sony HDTV with ethernet

This HD TV comes with ethernet connectivity and is ready to connect to the internet:

Sony’s new XBR9 and Z-series models feature an Ethernet connection, allowing the sets to directly access Sony BRAVIA Internet Video content using an existing broadband connection. The service offers one of the largest selections of free and premium movies, TV shows, sports, music and more from an array of partners like Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube®, Yahoo!®, Slacker(sm), and others.

Read more details over at engadget.

The XBR9 and Z-series models are also Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) compliant, enabling easy access to digital photos, music and video stores on a PC or other DLNA server using the XMB® interface and the TV’s remote control.

This capability should enable you to connect to a PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS) on your network and access stored network CCTV video.

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2 Responses to “Home CCTV on your TV”

  1. Simon Says:

    My question regarding home CCTV on your TV, is can a (e.g. Sony) TV display the *live* image from an IP CCTV camera (audio+video), *without* any intermediate processor or storage box?

    I’ve been trying to determine this for some time, but noone seems to be able to answer!

  2. Phil Stewkesbury Says:

    Hello Simon,
    Thank You for your comment. I’m sorry to say that I too don’t know the answer yet!
    Many new TVs claim to be network TVs, but the crunch is whether they are able to be set to access an IP address on your Local Area Network (LAN) and then fetch audio & video from an IP camera at that address?? (like a browser such as Internet Explorer would do on your PC).
    Panasonic have some IP cameras which actually state compatibility with some models of Panasonic TVs, but when I recently took this up with them for further details it turned out that those TVs were only available in America.
    I’d recommend posting your query at a forum for TV and home entertainment geeks such as AVForums.com (that’s what I keep meaning to do [embarassed – will get around to it one day] …

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