What are the best Sony BRAVIA apps?

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    #1YouTube

    YouTube

    YouTube is an online video sharing and streaming website that enables content creators to share their work across the platform's large user base and network. It's also available as an app for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Reyansh Pillai
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "YouTube app is a great addition to Sony Bravia, or any Smart TV for that matter. I use it all the time to watch videos, and sometimes live streams. Since there's no Twitch app for Sony Bravia, YouTube is a great alternative."
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    Free Trial

    #2Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by Plan

    Megan Harvey
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "having a Netflix Subscription is one of the best decisions I made last summer. My kids would rather stay at home for a movie night. It has tons of different amazing movies and tv series we love it!"
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    #3Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Amy Peters
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I am actually a subscriber to Hulu, so I am familiar with the high quality content that it has to offer. I love discovering great new television shows, and having access to exclusive programs makes Hulu a very desirable service. I have been particularly enamored with the program "Handmaid's Tale," and I am excited to learn more about other Hulu exclusive shows. I find television to be a great escape from everyday concerns and problems, so I think having this app has many advantages. The only downside to the app is that there is a monthly fee, but considering the quality of the programming offered I don't find that to be too great of a deterrent."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that BRAVIA is an acronym for “Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture”? BRAVIA TVs refer to Sony’s flat-panel LCD televisions. The Japanese brand released the first BRAVIA-branded TV in 2005 and since then, multiple BRAVIA TV series has been released. The BRAVIA brand is preceded by Sony WEGA. WEGA, which stands for Wuerttembergische Radio-Gesellschaft mbH, was a German electronics manufacturer that was acquired by Sony in 1975. According to data presented by Statista, Sony is one of the largest LCD TV manufacturers in terms of market share, following Samsung, LG Electronics, TCL, and Hisense. Sony’s TV sales are greatly affected by the continuous rise of Chinese brands and the manufacturing juggernaut that is Samsung. Despite its decline in overall market shares, LCD TVs are consistently the second largest category of consumer electronics manufactured by Sony in terms of unit sales.

The BRAVIA is notable for being the first to release a series of Android TVs in 2015. Sony was one of the three manufacturers that Google partnered with for the initial release of Android TVs, but Sony beat Sharp and Philips to the punch. Initially, Sony partnered with Google for the release of Google TV – but that venture failed and was discontinued in 2014. 

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    #4Google Play Games

    Google Play Games

    Google Play Games allows you to play games with your friends, compete with them and track your achievements. You can also record the game and share it to YouTube.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Helen Scott
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Google Play Games can be played on your Sony Bravia android-based television. This will allow you to save game progress and track your achievements the same way you can on your android smartphone. You can even use a dualshock controller to play!"
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    #5Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lawrence Perez
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "If you want to listen to music the Spotify is the perfect app for you, I'm always on it and the selections are perfect. I'll sometimes just turn on a random station and listen for hours before realizing that so much time has gone by!"
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    #6Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV is an on-demand video service operated by Google. It allows you to rent or purchase movies and series directly on your device for watching them offline. It has a large library and offers both SD and HD quality.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Pay-per-view

    Daniel Bryant
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "It is the official Android app store, which many Android based devices can use. I can find any app that I usually use on my phone or tablet. The apps work well, and the search is easy to use and find specific apps."
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    #7MX Player

    MX Player
    MX Player is a free video player for Android devices that offers hardware acceleration and subtitle support. Some features are Multicore decoding, Pinch to zoom and Kids lock, and more.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Richard Bates
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Free with ads, $5.99 ad free with no in-app purchases. The MX Player enables me to play some videos that are not otherwise supported on my phone. If you are trying to play some videos on your phone, but they don't work, you should give MX Player a shot. There are neat finger touch controls such as fast forward and rewind by swiping."
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    #8Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Sarah Carr
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "This app is great for listening to music. The only annoying thing about it is the ads, but without them the app wouldn't be free. It plays music well, especially through my Sony Bravia"
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    #9VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Andrea Perkins
    Written on September 14, 2018
    "I've always used VLC on my computer. It's one of the best free video players. I was happy to see that there was an android version and I could download it on my Sony Bravia. It was working very well until recently. The latest update has made the app go a little crazy. My playlists have disappeared. Hopefully an update to fix this will come soon."
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    #10Plex

    Plex

    Plex is a free media server add-on developed by Plex, Inc. that is compatible with many devices, including Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Apple, Roku, Fire TV, and more. It is used for media streaming and organization.

    Apps

    Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Roger Williams
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "For a seamless and easy way to enjoy all your digital media on any device the Plex media server will knock your socks off. It works with most devices and will make viewing movies and TV shows a breeze to watch on all the major devices."

Summary

Best What are the best Sony BRAVIA apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1YouTubeWebsites 8 Free
2NetflixStreaming Services 7 Paid
3HuluWebsites 7 Paid
4Google Play GamesApps 7 Free
5SpotifyApps 7 Free
6Google Play Movies & TVApps 6 Paid
7MX PlayerApps 4 Free
8Google Play MusicApps 2 Free
9VLC Media PlayerSoftware 0 Free
10PlexApps -3 Free
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