Yesterday, we were talking up the magic that will be Google TV. Well, what a difference a day makes!
Sony just announced its Sony Internet TV line, which is powered by Google TV. The line includes four HDTVs and a Blu-ray player. So if you’re in the market for either, you can completely bypass Logitech’s Revue set-top box. Instead, Google TV’s goodness is baked right in!
“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, the senior VP for Sony’s Home Division. “Finally, you can seamlessly search your favorite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time.”
Yes, you can accomplish that multitasking through a feature called Dual View. This allows viewers to Tweet, check scores, or find related web content, all while watching TV. Out of the box, each product will include content from CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, and Sony’s own Video On Demand powered by Qriocity. Starting in 2011, you can also add more options via the Android Market.
To control that on-screen web experience, each HDTV comes with a hand-held RF QWERTY keypad remote, which has its own optical mouse. Viewers can also control Sony Internet TV products via select mobile devices, such as an Android phone. The app for that will be available through the Android Market later this fall.
The cream of the crop is the 46-inch NSX-46GT1, which has an MSRP of $1,399.99. A 40-inch NSX-40GT1 will sell for $999.99. The 32-inch NSX-32GT1 will be $799.99, with the 24-inch NSX-24GT1 coming in around $599.99. All four models will start selling this month.
The three larger models feature Edge LED backlight, while the 24-incher has CCFL backlight. Other features on each HDTV include a 1080p image, Intel processing, built-in Wi-Fi, four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs.
If you’re not quite ready for a new HDTV, Sony is also packing Google TV access into the NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray player. This player is very similar to each of the HDTVs, allowing you to search across your TV and the web for content. It has the Dual View feature, built-in Wi-Fi, and the RF QWERTY keypad remote. Users can download apps directly to the player starting in 2011, or link it to mobile phones later this fall. The device has one HDMI input, one HDMI output and four USB inputs. Expect the NSZ-GT1 to start selling this month for $399.99.
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