Sony launches Google TV-enabled products

Last night Sony held an event to debut their Google TV line of products, and what we saw was pretty much what we’d expected to see. There was a new line of “Sony Internet TV” televisions, ranging from 24″ to 46″. All are 1080P sets and come with a generous 4 HDMI and 4 USB ports. The Blu-ray rumor also proved to be true, with Sony introducing the “Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player” (such sexy names they’ve come up with) with Google TV inside. It also has 4 USB ports and 1 HDMI-in port (as well as, of course, an HDMI-out port).

sony remote

All the TVs and the Blu-ray player come with the new Sony remote. You may have seen a number of tech blogs mocking the remote a few days ago after a grainy image was revealed in a promotional video. While the remote is complex, I think the design seems fine and I think I’d rather use it than the Logitech Revue’s Keyboard controller (which seems like something you’d need to balance on your lap). Maybe it’s the gamer in me, but the Sony Google TV remote reminds me of (of all things) my Xbox 360 controller with the chatpad attachment connected.

As for pricing, the TVs range from about $600 for the 24″ to about $1400 for the 46″. The Blu-ray player is $400. Given that a basic Sony Blu-ray player goes for about $140, you’re paying about $260 for the Google TV bit, so Sony seems to be walking arm-in-arm with Logitech in over-pricing Google TV for us. Another similarity between the two? It would appear Sony’s version of Google TV will also interface with a Dish Network, but only a Dish Network, DVR. I suppose the good news is that we have a standard in place so any future partners will work with any variety of Google TV.

Everything is available for pre-order now and you should be able to walk into a Best Buy on October 24th and walk out with a Sony Google TV product.

With Sony pushing 3D as hard as it has been doing, I’m surprised they’re now asking consumers to choose between a Google TV-enabled television and a 3D-enabled television. Where’s the Sony set that offers it all in one package?

If you’re an Android developer who wants to get in on developing apps for these devices, it’s worth noting that Sony started accepting developer signups today at http://android.sonydeveloper.com/.

So which would you pick? The $300 Logitech Revue or the $400 Sony Blu-ray player with Google TV built in? The Revue has Harmony Universal Remote software on-board, but the Sony remote is also a universal remote. And of course it plays Blu-ray disks, though I’d think anyone geeky enough to want Google TV would already own a Blu-ray player if they had any desire for one.

I still think a $100 Roku for watching streaming content and a laptop or netbook for web surfing while watching TV is your best bet for now. If Google TV takes off then other television providers will get on board and offer integration, and while we wait for that to happen prices will drop. If Google TV could search what’s on my FiOS DVR, in FiOS’s On Demand library, what’s playing now on FiOS, plus all video content on the web, then I’d be impressed. (I get my TV from FiOS, obviously; feel free to sub in your provider in the above.) Right now there just isn’t enough steak to go with all the sizzle of Google TV.

Turn to page 2 for the full press release.

SONY REDEFINES HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITH THE WORLD’S FIRST HDTV POWERED BY GOOGLE TV

Watch HDTV, Enjoy Apps and Browse the Internet Seamlessly on One Device

NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 – Furthering the company’s leadership in the connected TV space, Sony today introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV — the world’s first television with the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet seamlessly on one device.

The combination of Sony’s hardware and engineering expertise and Google’s understanding of open software provides a unique user experience, merging multiple content sources in one easy-to-use interface. From broadcast to streaming video from the Internet, Sony Internet TV offers the ability to quickly search and watch content from wherever, whenever.

“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 and a Blu-ray Disc™ player, Sony Internet TV is powered by Google TV. It is 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 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.

They also deliver a truly personalized entertainment experience with the ability to bookmark content for easy access and add applications from the Android™ Market (coming in early 2011). The models feature Sony’s premium streaming service “Video On Demand powered by Qriocity™” as well as pre-installed apps including CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora,® Twitter, and YouTube.™

The 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 fall.

Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to home broadband networks to access web content. Additionally, Sony Internet TV is ready for the future and is fully upgradable through system updates.

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.

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™ 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.

For more information, please visit www.sony.com/SonyInternetTV or log in to our social media community at www.Sony.com/blog.

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

Sony Internet TV product images can be found at www.sony.com/news.

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