How are you gearing up for Game Day?

by Team Sony 02/03/2012

It’s coming. In a few short days there will be football. There will be food, cheering and for some of us there may even be puppies. That’s right, this Sunday the biggest football game of the year will be playing on televisions all across the country as we cheer on our favorite team and critique the millions of dollars spent in ads. In towns and cities across the country friends and families will squeeze onto couches, spread out on the floor or stand on tippy toes, just to get a good view of it all coming through the screen of their TV.

And you know what’s crazy? Most of us wouldn’t want it any other way. In fact, according to one study by, almost 60 percent of Americans would rather watch Sunday’s big game from the comfort of their couch than actually be at the stadium. That’s right, 60 percent would rather stay home and watch on their TV then be squeezed in a stadium!

As a company that takes great pride in the one device many people now consider the heart of their home, the big screen TV, we think this rocks. We love that on this glorious day of football and fun, the star of the party for many of you is your TV. With all this attention on the biggest screen in most homes, it’s no wonder many people use this time to upgrade their viewing experience. What may surprise you though is just how many people are upgrading in time for the big game. And these aren’t just numbers pulled from studies (well some are…) but we also polled all of you on Facebook to find out if all this rang true for you. Do people really upgrade their TVs just for the big game? Here’s what we found.

The short, some certainly do. According to our super scientific Facebook® poll – 16 percent of you are buying a new TV for the big game. In a slightly more scientific study done last year by the Consumer Electronics Association, 22% of people who bought a new TV last year did so just to watch the game! That’s a pretty awesome investment for a sporting event.

We think there may be more to it though. It appears that many of us are looking for a reason to break up with our TVs and this just enough motivation to push some folks over the edge. Last holiday season our team surveyed a group of television owners  and found 31% are actually embarrassed by their current TV set because they see it as outdated and old fashioned. That’s a lot of embarrassment.

Fifty three percent of those folks wanted to get rid of their current TV to upgrade to a new one with better features, whether that be 3D enabled, Wi-Fi enabled with apps, or a bigger screen. Another feature for sports enthusiasts to keep in mind is a faster engine to keep up with all the flinches and out of bound calls without waiting for replays. According to Brian Siegel, the VP of Sony’s Home Division and a very knowledgeable guy in the world of electronics, if you are looking for a TV to handle the game, “240hz is the ultimate picture to make the in-game play flow smoothly and those special effect filled commercials pop”

TVs aren’t the only star of the day… Often forgotten but so very important, is your sound system.  Skinnier TVs equal less room for speakers, so additions like a sound bar or surround sound system are a great call. According to our Facebook fans, at least 13 percent of you will be giving your home audio system a little boost. If you’re hosting a party think of your guests who will want to see and hear the big game.

So how about you? Are you gearing up for game day? From food to your electronics setup, we want to hear how you’re spending Sunday. In the spirit of honoring the big game weekend, we are going to give away a BDP-S580 3D Sony® Blu-ray Disc™ player to one random commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what you think is the most important part of a good football party and we’ll randomly choose a winner. Leave your comment by 9AM PST on Saturday (see the official rules below) and you’ll be entered into the giveaway. Please remember to use a valid email address when you log in so we can contact you if you win!

For those of you who need some inspiration we’ve been building out a Pinterest board full of food, deals, and drool worthy tech for Sunday’s game. Perhaps you’ll find a few last minute tidbits there to round out your entire party.

Finally, and maybe most importantly, we’ve got a tip for the 16 percent of you who are planning on upgrading your TV. Because we love you, we’ve got a couple of solid deals we want to point you to for a new TV and even some audio bundles. We figure, if you are going to break up with your TV, perhaps we can make it a little easier on you by making it just a bit less costly. Happy game day!

This post was co-written by Callan Green







1.             THE SWEEPSTAKES: The Sony Big Game Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) consists of one (1) prize for a randomly selected entrant.

2.             HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Sweepstakes the entrant must post one (1) comment response to the Sony Blog post “How are you gearing up for Game Day” at between 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, February 3, 2012 and 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, February 4, 2012 (the “Promotion Period”).  Limit one (1) entry per person.

3.             WINNERS:  One (1) winner will be selected at random from valid entries and will be announced February 6, 2012. Sony’s decisions shall be final in all matters pertaining to this Sweepstakes.

4.             PRIZES:  There will be one 1st prize. The first prize winner will receive one (1) Sony BDP-S580 3D Blu-ray Disc® Player.  All prizes in this Sweepstakes are nontransferable and non-substitutable except that Sony may, at its sole discretion, substitute a Prize or any component thereof with one of equal or greater value.  Odds of winning prizes depends on number of eligible entries received.

5.             ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the United States who are 18 years or older at time of participation. No Sony employees, or friends or family of employees, are eligible to enter or win.

6.             RELEASE: By acceptance of a Prize, the winner releases Sony from and against any and all liability and claims or causes of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property with respect to all aspects of this Sweepstakes, including those arising out of participation in this Sweepstakes, any Prize related activity whether sponsored by Sony or third parties, or the acceptance or possession or use/misuse of the Prize or any component of the Prize.

7.             LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Any entrant who attempts to interfere with the proper play of this Sweepstakes will be disqualified from participation in the Sweepstakes.  Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes, as solely determined by Sony, will be disqualified and may be subject to prosecution. If in the judgment of Sony, the Sweepstakes is compromised by viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sony, which corrupt the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes, Sony reserves the right, in its sole discretion to discontinue, modify, suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes and proceed in a manner it deems fair and reasonable, including the selection of winners from among eligible entries received prior to such discontinuation, modification, suspension or termination. Any personally identifiable information collected during an entrant’s participation in this Sweepstakes will be collected by Sony and used by Sony and its agents solely for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Sweepstakes as described in these Official Sweepstakes Rules or as stated in Sony’s Privacy Policy at


8.             DISPUTES: Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Sweepstakes Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Delaware and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Delaware. All judgments or awards shall be limited to actual incurred out-of-pocket expenses (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Sweepstakes and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

9.             GENERAL: By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to these Sweepstakes Rules and the decisions of Sony, which are final and binding in all matters and all respects relating to this Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law. Acceptance of a Prize constitutes the winner’s consent to the use of his/her name, biographical information, photograph, and/or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes as determined by Sony or its designees without further compensation, except where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sony is not responsible for any entries that are lost, late, undelivered, or misdelivered.

10.           WINNERS LIST: For the names of the winners send your request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Sony Tablet Event Sweepstakes at 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.


Sponsor:  Sony Electronics Inc., 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.


These Sweepstakes Rules may not be reprinted or republished in whole or in part without the prior written permission of Sony Electronics Inc.

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  1. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 2:23pm

    I have been waiting for this day since the season started. I finally got my 55″ 3d TV, along with my home hd audio system and my closest friends and family are coming over for the big game day. beer, hot wings, pizza, add some die hard football fans, and get one heck of a night with the ones u love. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

    1. Sukhjit wrote: February 3, 2012 3:20pm

      Awesome! Can we come over too! Just kidding… but if you think of it, send us a photo from your party! We want to see your Sony gear in action!

  2. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 2:37pm

    A good football party needs friends, great food, and a killer entertainment system!

  3. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 2:40pm

    i am gearing up for the game by not drinking.

  4. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 2:40pm

    papa johns pizza & pepsi !!!!!! then prob. fall asleep by halftime !!!!!!

  5. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 2:57pm

    a great game is gonna require, beer, superbowl on the sony, halftime ps3 football, more beer, then some chicken wings, and when the game is over, crank the sony stereo

  6. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 3:21pm

    I think that at this day and age the most important thing for Game day is a big screen. It used to be a decent TV, Booze and snacks. Now its Big screen and surround sound of course 3D if you can swing it and have 3D glasses available for all your guests. I want a Sony Google TV so bad but funds are really short these last few years. Maybe next year. Thanks.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: February 3, 2012 3:29pm

      Thanks for the comment! We hope you get your TV this year.. there are definitely some excellent deals now. Here’s a tip for you we have a twitter account dedicated to sharing top notch deals. If you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow @SonyStore. Have a great weekend.

  7. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 3:28pm

    Setting up a projector with 100″ screen and plenty of food and drinks.

  8. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 3:40pm

    I have a 55′ Sony BRAVIA EX620, hooked up to my Sony 110W 7.1 channel STRDN1020 A/v Receiver with Bose 191 in wall speakers and Bose CineMate 1 SR Sub and sound bar. Not to mention the popcorn machine, and Danby E129 full of the finest Bud Light and Pepsi of the founder viewers, all topped off with a large selection of Lays chips and homemade soft pretzels. Super Bowl 46 will be epic!!

  9. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 3:44pm

    Sitting in on my sofa with my homies. Bust open a bottle of Budweiser. Got some pretzels, pizza, chips, and dips. Turn on my 52″ Sony Smart TV at 3:30 on a nice sunday afternoon. Crank up the volume on my home theatre system. 3 Hours of watching the Giants massacring the Patriots. All of that = heaven! mmmm don’t bother me… It’s just football.

  10. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 5:02pm

    I’m gonna set up my PS3 to the my home system to prep up with some pre-game music and have a good ol’ fashioned BBQ cookout with some friends and family. All that’s missing in my life is THIS TV!! :/

  11. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 5:02pm

    With enthusiasm, good food and cold beer on 3D big screen.

  12. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 6:24pm

    watching it in HD with popcorn. It will be awesome!

  13. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 6:33pm

    I’m gearing up for game day by getting some coupons for pizzas, and sending the hubby out to get a good selection of beer!

  14. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 6:38pm

    God Friends, good eats, and a big huge Sony TV!

  15. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 6:40pm

    a really big Sony TV and a really big table of food!

  16. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 6:58pm

    We’re gearing up for game day by getting the house clean, everybody’s Jersey’s are ready, and the house is stocked with food and drinks!!!

  17. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 8:15pm

    A Sony Bravia 3D TV, at least 46″ inch. Make sure there’s plenty of food , refreshments, and friends!

  18. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 8:17pm

    Huge flatscreen ready to go. Menu completed: wide variety of cold and warm submarine sandwiches as well as lunch meats and cheeses for homemade panini’s. Chili, chicken wings, egg rolls, stuffed mushrooms and plenty of cold beer and chilled glasses.

  19. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 9:22pm

    I am gearing up for gameday by making some great appetizers before watching the Giants win (hopefully)!!

  20. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 9:39pm

    Getting ready to drive up to the bar. No cable and bad TV signal.. So sports bar here I come..

  21. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 9:54pm

    The most important part of a good football party is good friends and good food.

  22. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 10:12pm

    Cleaning up the house and stocking up for a potluck with friends! Should be good food, good drinks, and lots of fun. Woo!

  23. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 10:19pm

    Unfortunately, I won’t be spending a lot of money to improve the tech for the party but I will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen preparing the food.

  24. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 10:20pm

    buying lots of food!!

  25. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 10:32pm

    The most important part is a great TV for everyone to enjoy the game! We will watch it on our 60 inch Sony Bravia!

    1. Sukhjit wrote: February 5, 2012 3:58pm

      Love your answer! Thanks for commenting. Hope you’re enjoying the game.

  26. Anonymous wrote: February 3, 2012 11:56pm

    I am not doing anything special to get ready. Honestly, I don’t even like football. I hope the giants win and I will watch for the commercials.

  27. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 12:07am

    I’ll be home watching the game (like millions of others), snacking like there’s no Monday, and looking up trivia online about the commercials, players and…whatever comes up. Kind of a typical Sunday actually, lol.
    PS- the blurb says enter by 5pm Friday, but the Rules say 9am Saturday, just saying. *smile*

    1. Sukhjit wrote: February 5, 2012 3:56pm

      Good catch! We’ll go with the official rules. :) Hope you’re enjoying the game!

  28. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 12:15am

    Making homemade chimichangas and four cheese casserole!! It’s going to be yummy watching the game!

    1. Sukhjit wrote: February 5, 2012 3:55pm

      Yum. I want recipes!

  29. mrcapncaveman wrote: February 4, 2012 12:21am

    The most important part of a good football party has to be the TV. If the game doesnt look just like you were there then it aint right. The bigger the better! I have a friend with a 55in plasma and that is where I will be. My little 32in just aint even gonna cut it. But you can bet I’ll be ordering some pizza’s and bringing a couple of cases of cold brew. Now if I had some 3D action I might still be able to coax over a few friends for a good movie. (Hint). Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 2:26am

    The most important part about a good football party is having friends and family over, too watch and cheer like crazy – of course having a football pool going on helps too ;)

  31. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 2:59am

    Pizza has already been pre-ordered to arrive on the day, DVR is set to record, and I just got a new sofa. Really don’t need much more :)

  32. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 3:02am

    Getting everything done so that on Sunday we can relax and enjoy the Super Bowl!

  33. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 4:21am

    We actually serve a vegetable tray and lots of fruit.

  34. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 4:33am

    A big Blue jersey to watch on my 40″ Sony

  35. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 6:04am

    My husband and I will be watching at home. Taco soup will be the meal and I will make a chocolate desert. Love the game and the commercials. Hope I win!

  36. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 6:48am

    watching the big game on my Sony Bravada 3D TV serving hot wing and naming with friends.

  37. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 7:02am

    Getting a lot of Party Supplies & Food for Super Bowl Sunday

  38. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 8:00am

    Making my famous dip, set the game to record, and going over to my neighbors party tomorrow! (I need to record it so I can watch it again later when there is less confusion around!)

  39. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 8:09am

    Have plenty of food

  40. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 9:14am

    I Love Sony Tv They are the best to have any where in your House

  41. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 9:45am

    Gearing up with my favorite jersey

  42. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 10:14am

    I woul dlove to win a new TV

  43. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 11:10am

    How am I getting ready for the big game? Moving furniture around to accomadate all the friends that are coming over. Going to the grocery store stocking up on all the stuff that you have to have to enjoy the game, chips, dips beer etc

  44. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 11:39am

    Going to get all the hamburger ingredients, chips, beer, and soda for the kiddos. Kids are all geared up too!!

  45. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 12:02pm

    Definately pizza and chips.

  46. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 12:28pm

    I’d love to win a new TV

  47. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 12:38pm

    We need a new Flat Screen TV to celebrate the Super Bowl!!

  48. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 1:34pm

    i have bought lots of food to make sure I don’t run out!
    sellcrystal2 (at) yahoo dot com

  49. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 2:30pm

    Some red vino, good pizza, and a Sony big screen. Perfect!

  50. Anonymous wrote: February 4, 2012 3:23pm

    Good friends, good food and good beer..of coarse !


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