Four Sony Internet TVs and Sony Internet Blu-ray player go Google TV
Sony has officially announced its Google TV enabled Sony Internet TV, first teased at IFA in Germany, at an event in New York on Tuesday.
The Sony Internet TV, launched initially in the US and promised for Europe in 2011, will come in four Full HD 1080p displays with Edge LED backlight televisions in sizes ranging from 26 inches to 46 inches, allowing users to surf the Internet, run apps, create their own custom homepage, and watch TV.
Making sure that it has the chance to catch as many buyers as possible, Sony has also announced a Google TV-powered Sony Internet Blu-ray player.
"Sony Internet TV is the world's first HDTV that combines the big-screen impact of television and full Internet search to deliver an unrivalled entertainment experience", said Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony's Home Division at the event, forgetting about the Logitech Revue launch earlier in the month. "Finally, you can seamlessly search your favourite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time".
The white set top box, which looks to feature a rather large fan on the rear, will offer film fans the same functionality as the Logitech Revue box announced earlier in the month, but with the added bonus of the hi-def disc player so you can watch movies.
As for "that remote"? The pictures captured earlier in the month are true, although in the hands of a Sony representative we noted it to be smaller than previously thought.
The remote itself will feature a QWERTY keyboard and control your new Sony gadget via RF rather than infra-red, and feature an optical mouse for navigating around the system. Users will also be able to use their Android phones as well.
It will also work with the PS3, Sony has confirmed.
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 Blu-ray player will cost $399, $100 more than the Logitech Revue.
The full 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 ($1399.99).
You'll be able to get the new Sony gear at Sony's own website and stores on 16 October and Best Buy from the 24 October.
Pocket-lint is at the event and will be bringing you more on the new devices announced shortly.