Sony announced it has gone and shoved the Hulu Plus subscription service into its Dash Personal Internet Viewer device, giving viewers access to thousands of TV shows and movies.
"The addition of Hulu Plus serves as an ideal example of how Dash continues to evolve and improve over time," said Brennan Mullion, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' personal imaging and audio business. "With Hulu on board, the Dash platform has the ability to deliver a huge variety of online entertainment instantly to consumers' homes on top of glanceable, real-time tidbits of information."
Sony's Dash ($200) sports a 7-inch color touchscreen display with built-in stereo speakers. The Hulu Plus service runs $10/month and joins the fray of more than 1,000 compatible free apps for the Dash platform.
There's no running from Netflix, which has partnered with almost every hardware manufacturer possible. Now the streaming video service is even available on Sony's Dash.
The addition of a dedicated app for Netflix helps the Dash live up to its description as a personal Internet viewer, giving owners instant access to a growing catalog of thousands of movies and TV episodes.
"We're continuing to develop innovative products that bring online music, news, video, and more into our customers' homes in real time," said Brennan Mullin, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' personal imaging and audio business. "By addressing content from Netflix and Demand Media to our Dash product, Sony is giving consumers a new, convenient way to enjoy some of the highest quality entertainment and most useful information on the Internet today."
Content streamed from Netfix will be thrown in a "queue-based user interface" that will be automatically displayed when Dash owners touch the Netflix icon.
The Dash will be available this April for about $200, Sony says.
Sony has announced yet another product at CES. This one is a bit of a head-scratcher for us, though. The Dash Internet Viewer is a sort of touchscreen widget station. Think Chumby, but with a larger (and frankly, beautiful) 7 inch screen and sleeker design. As it turns out, that’s exactly what it is; the Dash runs the Chumby OS.
Sony is pushing the app angle hard, because well, isn’t everyone? The Chumby OS already has over 1000 apps available, and Sony will be making some new ones of its own. The Dash will have Wi-Fi so you can use it to pull down data for those data-hungry apps. There is no internal battery, so don’t confuse this with a tablet device as some already have. Is this something you need? If so, the Dash will be shipping in April for $199.