Sony releases Google TV products

Google’s attempt to take over the world is proceeding as planned. First they controlled the search engine market, then they began to dominate the cell phone market, and now there’s talk about Google getting into the car market. According to the New York Times, Google and Sony have teamed up to take over your living room, releasing the first television with Google integration.

The Google TV announcements have been coming fast and furious recently, with Logitech last week announcing their Revue set-top box. The advantage to the new Sony offering lies entirely with the fact that it’s integrated directly into the television – no extra boxes and wires required. While many techies will not mind the clutter of additional components in their room, the new Sony announcement has a high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor).

When people first saw leaked pictures of the remote control, many were concerned at the size and complexity. The report states that during their tests, the device was intuitive and easy to use which will hopefully accelerate adoption.

The new sets come in four sizes, range in price from $600 (24-inch) to $1,400 (46-inch), and will be available online at Sony Style and both on-line and in-store at Best Buy starting on Sunday. According to Best Buy’s website, all models have 1 composite input (why?), 1 component input, 4 HDMI inputs, 4 USB ports, wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi capabilities.

In addition to the television sets, Sony also announced a Blu-ray player with Google TV for those who want to keep their current TV set. At $400, it’s more expensive than a standard Blu-ray player, but competitively priced with the Logitech Revue.

Sony admits that the televisions aren’t for everyone. Do you think people want to surf the web on their television? Or is a netbook/iPad on your end table a better solution?

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I'd sooner connect a small form factor PC into my Sony HDTV set, and access the full internet on
any internet browser I prefer, rather than a specailly modified version of Chrome, running an
installation of Windows XP MCE and/or Linux Mint 9, with full access to all video websites,
plus all the video content I've downloaded on my main system upstairs.

Oh wait .... I already do all of that!

DJGM said,
I'd sooner connect a small form factor PC into my Sony HDTV set, and access the full internet on
any internet browser I prefer, rather than a specailly modified version of Chrome, running an
installation of Windows XP MCE and/or Linux Mint 9, with full access to all video websites,
plus all the video content I've downloaded on my main system upstairs.

Oh wait .... I already do all of that!

First off its the full version of chrome also googletv runs android. When the android store gets enabled for googletv every app thats available for your android phone will run on googletv.

Also your htpc does not have a HDMI IN port so that you can overlay things and not have to switch sources on your tv.

majortom1981 said,
First off its the full version of chrome also googletv runs android.
When the android store gets enabled for googletv every app
thats available for your android phone will run on googletv.


I'm sure GoogleTV won't allow me to download SeaMonkey, my preferred browser of choice,
and one that can actually be classed as a full browser. Even the full version of Chrome can't
really be classed as a full browser. It's dumbed down, with too many features missing.


As for Android ... that's only a cut down Linux based OS made primarily for mobile devices
with a proprietary GUI. It isn't a full OS, unlike Windows XP or Linux Mint. I don't have, nor
do I want an Android phone, or any other so-called "smartphone". I'm happy to just have
a normal mobile phone that makes/receives calls, and can send/recieve txt msgs.


majortom1981 said,
Also your htpc does not have a HDMI IN port so that you can
overlay things and not have to switch sources on your tv.


Couldn't really care less about that TBH. I'm not fussed about a couple of button presses on
the remote control to switch between the PC and the regular digital broadcast TV channels.
If anything, I'm in the process of moving away from relying on the broadcast TV schedules,
and transitioning towards a total video-on-demand solution of which I am in full control.

The new sets come in four sizes, range in price from $600 (24-inch) to $1,400 (46-inch)...

Or IOW 2.5 - 3 X comparable market pricing on HDTVs.
Explains exactly why Sony's in this & their intended market.

*Maybe* Google can pull it off, but personally I don't think they have anything close to Apple's abilities in design & marketing to entice loyal customers to stand in line to eagerly pay premium pricing, & Apple doesn't charge 3 X current market value. OTOH if people can access Google TV using the same devices they use for Youtube, & it has features worth bothering with, the service could become popular, putting Google in the familiar spot of figuring out how to make money off it.

Isn't this problem solved better with an HTPC? Isn't that why most of us got a HTPC hooked up to our LCD TV'S? I agree that like Roku, Boxee and Apple TV, Google TV is going to be limited to those who want to tinker with it but unless they relax the restrictions I don't see a high acceptance factor. At least MS didn't go the TV route since they figured you would rather have the full Internet with ALL streaming sites and quality available without the limitations Google will put in Google TV.

DATmafia said,
Isn't this problem solved better with an HTPC? Isn't that why most of us got a HTPC hooked up to our LCD TV'S? I agree that like Roku, Boxee and Apple TV, Google TV is going to be limited to those who want to tinker with it but unless they relax the restrictions I don't see a high acceptance factor. At least MS didn't go the TV route since they figured you would rather have the full Internet with ALL streaming sites and quality available without the limitations Google will put in Google TV.

Google tv is expensive because it requires an hdmi in port. This means that the hardware has to be pretty beefy to be able to do the hdmi in from the cable or sat box and the output from googletv itself.

Also this is really a htpc. Googletv requires an intelk atom processor atleast 1 gig ram and it needs to be able to decode mpeg4

I thought that everyone knew about Google TV, but you're right - that was a bad assumption. I should have given a high level overview of what it actually does. Thanks for the feedback, and keep 'em coming.

UPDATE: Apparently I need to learn how to use the comment system a little better too and type in the REPLY box, not the "New thread" box. lol

So when do we get a Media Center plugin for this? If google can deliver one then i'll use it. Untill then i'll wait till i find it on a chinese clone site for cheap.

So tell me this... why write an article about a product, but not actually say what the product does? I read that whole article and can't see what this offers over a normal Sony TV, besides 'google integration'. Does it let me access google from my TV?

Examinus said,

That's a different article though, isn't it? You can't expect people to fish around other articles to find answers to simple questions like "What is this article about?" You shouldn't presume people have already read up on the subject.


Again without having read said linked article. Doesn't 'Google TV' give it away?

Pegus said,
So tell me this... why write an article about a product, but not actually say what the product does? I read that whole article and can't see what this offers over a normal Sony TV, besides 'google integration'. Does it let me access google from my TV?
I'm in the same boat here. No pics or anything to accomodate this article or anything either, now I'm much more curious to find out more.

Pegus said,
So tell me this... why write an article about a product, but not actually say what the product does? I read that whole article and can't see what this offers over a normal Sony TV, besides 'google integration'. Does it let me access google from my TV?

I thought that everyone knew about Google TV, but you're right - that was a bad assumption. I should have given a high level overview of what it actually does. Thanks for the feedback, and keep 'em coming.

Gothic_Rebel said,

Again without having read said linked article. Doesn't 'Google TV' give it away?

No more than NASA CAR does. What the hell is a NASA CAR?

Dead'Soul said,
Google TV: Another fail for google...

Google Talk, Nexus One, Wave...

I think you might be right. I just don't see this taking off. It will be a hobby like the Apple TV. All these companies are trying to find a way into the living room and I don't think anyone has found the right angle yet.

asdavis10 said,

I think you might be right. I just don't see this taking off. It will be a hobby like the Apple TV. All these companies are trying to find a way into the living room and I don't think anyone has found the right angle yet.

Although Windows Media Center is on the right path, I think Apple TV will prevail. Windows Media Center has the right angle...apps (not that many though), playing and recording live TV, Netflix, etc.

However, I believe WMC is not catching steam due to MS not even marketing it right and the fact that you need to run a computer in order for the extenders to work. WMC needs to be in a hardware form and still needs more development.

I've been following the patents for Apple TV and Apple has something up their sleeve.

I bet Apple TV is aiming to get cable in the cloud where you can purchase or subscribe to the shows or channels that you want. The trouble is some networks aren't jumping on board. Apps will definitely hit Apple TV, so you will have your Pandora's, Weather, etc. Gaming will be there, maybe special apps made for Apple TV (although the controller situation will have to be worked out). Internet browsing will be there and they will probably make a special form of Safari for Apple TV. This should be enough for Apple to take over the living room, and with to the price cut, these should sell like hotcakes.

I do not think you will see this on the ps3 unless google relaxes the restrictions . 1 gig of ram is required and google statesthe device must have hdmi in which no ps3 has.

I just bought the google tv blu-ray player. my wife does not like using the ps3 to play dvd's and blurays. between changine the source and using the controller.

A seperate blu-ray player is much better plus this one goes in between the cablebox and the tv so no changing of sources needed to play netflix,dvds,blurays or cable.

If i did not need a new blu-ray player i would not have bought it.

bj55555 said,
Too bad for Google that Sony's share of the TV market has been in decline. Samsung is now the 800 lb. gorilla.
Well, if there prices started to get more competitive, that might change.

Stokkolm said,
Well, if there prices started to get more competitive, that might change.

In which country? In the US Samsung TVs are very popular. Not necessarily in Europe.

AtriusNY said,

In which country? In the US Samsung TVs are very popular. Not necessarily in Europe.

Sony tv's aren't very popular in the uk at least, they are expensive and often don't even look that nice. Samsung are the biggest tv sellers here, cheap and they look nice.

warwagon said,
I'd rather have a box

Oh definitely. It's a freedom matter. Imagine how restricted you'll be to brands and feature choices if only looking for "Google TV's", compared to the freedom of choice if sticking with a box and only requiring a free HDMI port on either your existing TV, or a new one.

Quattrone said,
I rather prefer an iPad or ps3 than pay $400 for something that I can do already in a computer and YouTube.

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Quattrone said,
I rather prefer an iPad or ps3 than pay $400 for something that I can do already in a computer and YouTube.

Yeah, but the point is that people keep getting more lazy, they don't want to get off of the couch anymore. Now they can watch TV, play movies, browse the web, etc. all from 1 device while sitting on thier lazy a**.