Ten years ago Sony launched the world’s first consumer Blu-ray machine. Its cost was £3,000 and available only in Japan, and no movies yet existed in Blu-ray form. It took time to convince the public that Blu-ray was a format worth investing. It wasn’t a huge evolutionary leap from DVD, and with a rival, HD DVD, we were cautious. Only towards the end of the last decade was Blu-ray finally embraced by the masses, just as many in the tech industry were pronouncing that the format was on its last legs.
Sony’s new HD/3D range comes with several features to ease our transition into a world of cloud-based digital streaming. The BDP-S5100 is Wi-Fi enabled for access to Lovefilm, BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Sony’s impressive entertainment library, while the TV SideView app adds a live, social-media dimension to whatever’s on your big screen. The 'sense of quartz’ design means it’s too good-looking to be hidden.