Sony has admitted that there may be an issue with some of its Bravia TVs after a number of them started smoking.
The problem relates to a component in eight different models of it Bravia TVs which may be faulty and can in some cases overheat. While Sony has not issued a full recall of the TVs, it has offered customers access to an engineer who will come to your house and check out your TV.
All the affected models are LCD TVs sold since June 2007. They are: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000, KDL-40X3500.
Since June 2007 Sony has sold 1.6 million sets worldwide with 630,000 of them being sold in Europe. The problem with the TVs was initially reported in Sony's home territory of Japan. While Sony has admitted there is a problem, it has also pointed out that there has been no damage to property or individuals as a result.
Should your TV begin to smoke or make strange noises, then you should turn it off, plug it out and contact Sony directly. It has not set up a specific number for the problem so far, but its general customer service number is 0844 8466 555.
In other bad news for Sony, the company has frozen 93,000 PSN accounts after noticing a large number of failed login attempts.
A statement on the PlayStation blog said:
”We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database. These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources.”
It added that only 0.1 per cent of PSN, SEN and SOE users were affected by the freeze and the issue has arisen following the huge amount of data being compromised in the PSN hack earlier this year.