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Sony unveils connected HDTVs using Google software

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Oct 2010 1:03 User comments (6)

Sony unveils connected HDTVs using Google software Sony Corp. has unveiled a line of Internet-connected televisions that use Google TV software. The company is hoping to achieve success in fusing together television and web content in the living room, while past attempts have failed to gain demand.
Sony's Internet TVs use Google TV (based on the Android platform), run the Google Chrome web browser and include an Intel Atom processor. The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch television while tweeting about what they're watching, checking their fantasy football scores, or finding related content on the web.

The TVs come with pre-installed applications from CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, and YouTube. An intuitive hand-held RF QWERTY keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse makes it easy to navigate content, type in search terms, and control the TV's user interface.




Additionally, select mobile devices such as an Android phone, can control the TV with an app that will be available for download from the mobile Android Market later this year.

Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to home broadband networks to access web content and to get upgrades via a system update service. "Sony Internet TV is the world's first HDTV that combines the big-screen impact of television and full Internet search to deliver an unrivaled entertainment experience," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony's Home Division.



"Finally, you can seamlessly search your favorite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time."

The 24-inch NSX-24GT1 costs $599.99, the 32-inch NSX-32GT1 costs $799.99, the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 costs $999.99 and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 goes for $1,399.99. Additionally, the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV built-in, the NSZ-GT1, costs $399.99, and is probably the best option if you already have a HDTV and don't want to upgrade.

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6 user comments

113.10.2010 1:15

Hhmm, where will google stop. Any reviews on quality of service or how much data is used.

We need stats quick haha

213.10.2010 2:34

Too bad it is made by sony, and thus it will never have any good features unless someone hacks it...just look at their Android phones that still run 1.6 yet have twice the processing power of a motorola droid that was released earlier and now has 2.2

313.10.2010 5:55

I wonder if it will eventually support Hulu, at least in the browser.

You may ask "why wouldn't it?" Well, Hulu blocks certain types of browsers, such ones for Android devices.

413.10.2010 6:14

I don't see whats so great about it. It not like its a new idea Ive had my TV set up like this for a long time.
PC with TV tuner, Media center master, and Windows Media Center with Media Browser add on

513.10.2010 9:48

Quote:
I don't see whats so great about it. It not like its a new idea Ive had my TV set up like this for a long time.
PC with TV tuner, Media center master, and Windows Media Center with Media Browser add on
Zackly! I had my tv setup like that for years too, its not even that much greater in quality either, and is in fact cheaper just to use the tuner. Then again, the majority of my shows just come off the net anyways, so why stream something from a box which just uses bandwidth from my internet anyways? Well the answer is simple, because people are stupid, and won't realize at first it does use bandwidth, and will sucker into these boxes as the next best gimmick. Honestly wish I had thought of selling it first.

Sigh...

620.10.2010 12:41

Question: Just purchased a Sony tv with internet ability. Not the Google unit. After I registered, email arrived with a comment about being able to "send from PC to Tv" by using the free software. Instructions are less than perfect and software is Beta and not supported by Sony. I cannot find anything about it in recent posts. Instructions point to areas not included on TV's built in software.

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