Sony announces SideView TV companion app for Android phones and tablets

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 8:40pm

Sony has announced a new app for Android smartphones and tablets called SideView. The second screen is becoming more prominent in the home — people tend to use phones and tablets while watching TV or movies — and Sony is right there to improve the experience.

The idea of SideView is simple: it cooperates with various Sony devices such as Bravia TVs, Blu-Ray players and connected boxes such as Google TV to provide information on what is being watched by either reading the metadata of your TV program or disc. Users can find, and load on to their TVs, content from assorted areas in the home: NAS, Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited, YouTube,Netflix and partner applications. You can tweet about what you’re watching and interact with others who are experiencing the same thing at the same time.

SideView also operates as a universal remote for your Sony television and Blu-Ray player, which is really helpful.

If you fit into this admittedly small market, download SideView for phones and tablets.


  • Cell Hell

    Wow, people can’t even focus on a book, movie or song now. They need to to split their attentions for everything. Very sad.

    • Twosee

      RIP RIM!!!!! 😀 😀

  • Scofflaw

    Can I watch Bell Mobile TV on a big screen if I connect this phone to my HDTV?

  • Danial Bader

    Who the hell is Mat Demmers?

  • Twosee

    RIP Android 🙂

  • Kyouya

    This would be great if it supported the PS3…but I doubt it

  • Tyrone Poulton

    I want some chicken mcnuggets, my brother James is in vegas right now.

  • Ka-ra-te Master, the Fifth Dan

    is this coming for windows phone 8? hahaha oooops

  • clueless

    This is silly—we need a standard for all this Smartglass-esque crap..