Google TV on Sony Officially Released

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Sony yesterday introduced Sony Internet TV, which is powered by Google TV - which they claim is the world's first television with the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet seamlessly on one device.

The marriage of Sony's engineering and hardware expertise coupled with Google's deep understanding of open software will, according to the alliance, provide a unique user experience, merging multiple content sources in one easy-to-use interface. They pitched that, from broadcast to streaming video from the Internet, Sony Internet TV offers the ability to quickly search and watch content from wherever, whenever.

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"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."

"We are very proud to be the pioneers of this new entertainment category by delivering the world's first true Internet TV experience," added Bob Ishida, senior vice president, corporate executive, and president of Home Entertainment Business Group, Sony Corporation. "Sony Internet TV creates value by introducing new and compelling ways to enjoy a variety of content."

Featuring both integrated television models also known as Connected TVs or Smart TVs and a Blu-ray Disc(TM) player, Sony Internet TV is powered by Google TV and built on the Android platform, runs the Google Chrome browser and includes a powerful Intel® Atom® processor offering the ability to quickly search across Internet and television content for easy access to entertainment and information.

The models also feature something they call 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. With all the landscape available on the new big screens, there's more than enough room for tweets etc. But it kind of makes for family viewing a little complex.

They also deliver a truly personalized entertainment experience with the ability to bookmark content for easy access and (this is what we like at appmarket.tv) add applications from the Android(TM) Market (coming in early 2011). The new connnected TV models feature Sony's premium streaming service "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity(TM)" as well as pre-installed apps including CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora,® Twitter, and YouTube.(TM)

The intuitive hand-held RF QWERTY keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse will apparently solve the lean-back lean-forward issue making it easy to navigate content, type in search terms, and control the TV's user interface. Additionally - and what really makes sense -  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 fall.

Built-in Wi-Fi makes - makes it easy to connect to home broadband networks to access web content. So those that can't figure out where to put in the network cable will be easily able to get it running. Hopefully.Sony Internet TV easily connects to select HD DVR devices from Dish Network to include previously recorded content in the search results and control DVR functionality from the set's user interface.

So at Appmarket.tv, we are wondering what will Samsung do? Get in bed with Google as well or risk  losing market share to Sony if Google TV rockets off?

As we wrote here: Samsung Eyeing Google TV and Android for it's Connected and Smart TVs

Now for the hardware details.

Sony Internet TV Line

Featuring four LCD HDTVs with Google TV built-in, the Sony Internet TV line includes the 24-inch class NSX-24GT1 ($599.99), the 32-inch class NSX-32GT1 ($799.99), the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 ($999.99), and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 ($1,399.99).

Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player

The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc(TM) player with Google TV built-in, NSZ-GT1 ($399.99), also allows users to enjoy all of the powerful features of Google TV on their existing HDTV.

Sony Internet TV and the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player are currently on pre-sale at www.SonyStyle.com and www.BestBuy.com. They will be available for purchase at Sony Style on October 16 and at Best Buy shortly after.

Product specifications include:

Sony Internet TV NSX-46GT1

Available in October for $1,399.99

  • 46-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
  • Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-40GT1

Available in October for about $999.99

  • 40-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
  • Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-32GT1

Available in October for about $799.99

  • 32-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight
  • Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV NSX-24GT1

Available in October for about $599.99

  • 24-inch Full HD 1080p display with CCFL backlight
  • Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs

Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GT1

Available in October for about $399.99

  • Google TV built-in
  • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
  • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
  • Upgradeable Google TV platform
  • Blu-ray Disc playback capability
  • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011)
  • Superior processing power with Intel Inside
  • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
  • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • One HDMI input, one HDMI output and four USB inputs

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