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Sony BDP-S470 review

3D Blu-ray, DivX HD and BBC iPlayer for a notch over £100; Sony presents the moon on a stick

Value & ease of use

Selling for such a low price, you could argue that the S470's ability with 3D as well as 2D Blu-ray discs comes virtually free of charge. And if you think that's good value, you're going to love the S470's Bravia Internet Video.

Some brands – LG springs to mind – are about to launch separate adaptor boxes of around the size of an Apple TV to bring web video capabilities to any TV.

Effectively, that's what the S470 already is, with the bonus that Sony's web TV service is one of the best around. As well as on-demand TV from the BBC iPlayer (surely the headline act) and Demand Five, there's movie streaming via Lovefilm and the delights of YouTube and Eurosport, among many other services – including Sony's own Qriocity service. If only there was integrated Wi-Fi…

We suspect that the S470's 'wired-only' reputation will leave the rapidly improving (thanks to frequent automatic firmware updates) Bravia Internet Video service unused by many.

Digital media is handled terrifically well by the S470. Firstly, because the interface – Sony's XMB, which is common to all of its connected home products, including the PS3 – was born to tie-up disparate sources. Secondly, it's utterly comprehensive (we can confirm MKV/DivX HD support), with WMV HD alone in not being supported.

Sadly, DLNA networking is not nearly as impressive. For some reason, the S470 completely ignores a plethora of file format stored on a PC on the same network, managing to playback just AVC HD, AVI (DivX), MP3 and JPG formats.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
EthernetYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSony
Audio FormatsCD-DA, SACD, WMA, WAV, MP3, AAC
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, Screen Saver, 1080p Upscaling
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, MPEG-4
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Digital to Analog Video Converter12-bit - 148.50 MHz
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Height36 mm
Width430 mm
Depth206 mm
ColourBlack
Picture ControlNoise Reduction
Image FormatsJPEG
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S470
Product NameBDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS470B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Watch Blu-ray Disc movies in crystal clear Full HD 1080p , or connect to the internet and access an unrivaled assortment of movies, videos and music from premium content providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and many more. You can also use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control when you download the free BD Remote app. This free versatile app lets you search for additional entertainment or access detailed information about the movie you're watching. Pair this 3D Blu-ray Disc player with a BRAVIA 3D HDTV and create the ultimate at-home 3D viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
Remote ControlYes
Weight (Approximate)2 kg