Some Sony TVs Get Firmware Update: HDD Recording

Some users have reported an update to their Sony TVs recently, and Sony’s French support website has posted details about this firmware update.

PKG3.317EUB

GN1-version
The new firmware update, given the clean title of PKG3.317EUB for TV, contains two new features and a number of minor stability updates. It was just published last week. Updated stability is always good, but the new features are likely more enticing.

The two biggest improvements are “HDD recording via USB”, and “simultaneous display of two images”. This means picture in picture support, or as the website also points out, picture and picture.

This doesn’t seem to be a normal OS update, and the process to install it is not normal. You have to download a zip from Sony’s website and install it on a USB drive.

Then, you have to insert the USB drive into the TV and confirm you want to update your device.

This doesn’t seem like it’s an OS update, so users won’t be going to Lollipop to Marshmallow, although that’s still coming.

When can I get it?

Right now this firmware update seems to be only available for European countries not including the United Kingdom. Plus, it’s only available to a particular number of TV models:

KD-55S8505C / S8005C
KD-65S8505C / S8005C
KD-43X8305C / X8307C / X8308C / X8309C
KD-49X8005C / X8305C / X8307C / X8308C / X8309C
KD-55X8005C / X8505C / X8507C / X8508C / X8509C / X9005C / X9305C
KD-65X8505C / X8507C / X8508C / X8509C / X9005C / X9305C
KD-75X8505C / X9105C / X9405C

If both of these conditions are met, you can get started. If not, you may have to wait until Sony officially publishes an update for your model in your market.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • crs353

    That Last ” Update ” 2 weeks ago for my US 810C has it all messed up. Volume turns its self down randomly keeps freezing, Google Play not working, Apps are messed up. Have not done a Factory Reset but im starting to think thats the only thing thats going to fix it.

    • That would most likley be the best way of going about it and you have not much to lose by factory resetting.

  • albarok13

    Hello
    My French 65x8509c has received this update via OTA drectly. A few days later, Sony has declared that the OTA update was stopped because of problems on certains TV in Netherlands. We don’t know anymore. Since this day, the update is only available via download on USB. That said, no bugs for me (except the “video” player still bugged, picture stretched)