Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

Summary: Sony has been in the fold for Google TV for several months now, but it's finally rolling out details about its first sets with the new platform. Dubbed Sony Internet TV, the line comprises four 1080p LCD sets, all of which are priced under $1,500 and available this month -- this weekend at Sony Style stores and on October 24 at Best Buy.

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Sony has been in the fold for Google TV for several months now, but it's finally rolling out details about its first sets with the new platform. Dubbed Sony Internet TV, the line comprises four 1080p LCD sets, all of which are priced under $1,500 and available this month -- this weekend at Sony Style stores and on October 24 at Best Buy. The company also unveiled a Blu-ray player with Google TV baked inside.

The new TVs all feature built-in Wi-Fi, which is still an unfortunate rarity for HDTVs, and include a keypad and integrated mouse for entering text and navigating the Google TV interface. The three priciest sets are also LED-backlit models, another nice touch given the mainstream price point. (The $599.99 24-inch NSX-24GT1 is the lone non-LED holdout.)

In addition to the 24-inch set, the series includes the 32-inch NSX-32GT1 ($799.99), the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 ($999.99), and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 ($1,399.99). In particular, the 40GT1 is priced attractively as a holiday purchase. Pricier compared to its competitors at $399.99, the NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray player also includes built-in Wi-Fi and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.

Pre-installed apps for the various devices include Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, and Sony's Qriocity streaming-video service. Also promised for later this fall is an app to control Google TV via select Android phones. Additional apps will become available via the Android Market early next year.

It's obviously yet to be determined whether the Google TV interface will become a breakthrough success, but it looks like Sony's off to a good start with Internet TV, especially since it hasn't added its usual large pricing premium on new technology. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the Comments Section.

Topics: Hardware, Google, Mobility

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  • So how much a month for their service?

    To me, this looks like a damned expensive TV rental.
    arq1
  • It's about time

    I'm sure like many of you out there you have had a desktop connected to your tv for some time now...I fully welcome a TV integrated with the Internet - in fact, I've been sick and tired of waiting for TV makers to figure out this is obviously the way of the future
    BenjaminoL
  • I predicted the "remote" would be a geek's dream come true.

    I was right.
    Userama
    • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

      @Userama - do I detect a touch of Apple fanny here? You want a sleek black slab with one button? And non-replacement battery?
      heymull
      • Dang tootin'!

        @heymull <br>7 buttons beats 87 any day of the week!<br>Actually, I use my iPhone as a remote. 0 buttons. Better yet!<br>BTW. What battery? (I'm referring to Apple TV here.)
        Userama
      • CrAppleholics Can't Handle more than ONE Button or Thing at a Time!

        @heymull It's the concentrated "RDF" Waves from their AntennaGate iCrApplePhone4's!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field

        But that's a silly notion "Userama" makes, limiting CrAppleholics ability to only be capable of using 7 Buttons physically. In their minds after hours of "RDF" Wave leaks into their brains they are indeed able to handle 87 Buttons......, that is at least if they're virtual touch screen buttons. But if the battery is weak they are known to have conniption fits and go into convulsions from needing their virtual FIX of RDF from Steve iHitler Jobs Commands!

        OMG.... that's the most pathetic thing to witness happening to a iCrAppleholic. Broken screens and dead batteries they can't simply replace themselves with spares. Then the poor bosstards start foaming at the mouth for the whole week it takes CrApple to replace it for them!!!! haha.... something to do with RDF signals running amuck in their puny brains! .....#5 is Alive but with missing parts in these iCrAppleholics!
        i2fun@...
  • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

    Wow... WebTV is back... and expensive.
    Hallowed are the Ori
  • Yawn.

    I'm sure they'll be writing this one off at tax time.
    John Zern
  • The battle lines are drawn

    Apple: tiny, cheap box with simple remote control. Streaming movies and limited internet access.

    Sony: Expensive equipment with complex remote (actually a full keyboard + D-pad). Full internet access and all bells & whistles.

    It comes down to what people actually want on their TV.
    The Star King
    • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

      @The Star King 2 entirely different markets. Apple is not a cheap box if you don't have the flat screen tv. Neither is Sony the product for you if you do. Logitec would be a better comparison when they have their Google TV box. Much closer in price with much more functionality on the Google TV.
      20kwfence
      • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

        @20kwfence True, but I still think the major difference is the remote control. Do you want 5 buttons or 100 buttons + trackpad? The Sony and Logitech controllers are both full PC keyboards (albeit shrunk down slightly). Apple thinks people do not want these in their living room.
        The Star King
  • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

    Just look at the keys on the remote for proof that this is just another PC in the living room for geeks. FN key. Ctrl, Alt, Del keys. Surprise they left out the "F" function keys. These companies starting point is at complexity, again. <br><br>Apple will start with the iDevices we have now and already knows how to use; Just add a $99 ATV (with AirPlay). Your iDevice is now the remote. Just push whatever content you want to watch wirelessly to the large screen TV of choice around the house.
    dave95.
    • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

      @dave95.
      I don't know how to use them. I don't have any computer with iTunes installed, so I can't use their device.

      So, they failed.
      Droid101
      • Yeah ok, sure...

        @Droid101

        I'll play along. Millions of people already know how to use iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads + iTunes (even babies already mastered the iPad, see YouTube). All it would take is a push of a button to stream your content to a TV, wirelessly.
        dave95.
  • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

    Let's see $399 for a atom powered computer with a bluray player built in. Seems pretty damn expensive. I can get a cheap netbook for $200 and a damn nice WIFI enabled bluray player for $200. So I get more functionality for the same price. Not to mention that why would I want to watch what is mostly mediocre quality video from the internet on a nice tv? The additional functionality is not worth the huge premium they are charging.
    Al_nyc
  • Remote looks like it is for a lefty?

    nt
    twirth5
  • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

    Does that remote also control Sputnik?
    kevin@...
  • I don t get this or the stupid apple tv thing

    Ok maybe Im just not seeing it but why would you need this or the crappy apple device apple is pushing? A laptop or desktop connected to your tv does all this an more at a fraction the cost? Computers connect in 1080 hd with blue ray pl;ayers on them and full internet access and use standard hdmi connections soooo why would you need this dummied down version of net access at 3 times the price??
    Fletchguy
    • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

      @Fletchguy
      Good question. But does your laptop come with a 40inch monitor?
      afedwin@...
      • RE: Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

        @afedwin@...
        No, but his TV can be 40 in. or more. I have a 46 in. hooked to an old desktop I set up for just this reason. The 46 in. tv cost me $999 at sams club a couple years ago, and the computer video card upgrade cost $79. I bought a laptop table for $19.98 at CVS to accomodate my keyboard and mouse. I can point and click and hunt and peck all over my sunroom, with my wireless mouse and keyboard.
        eargasm