Sony to launch Google TV set-top box in July

Sony is getting back into the Google TV business. In a press release today, the company announced that the previously announced NSZ-GS7 Internet Player set-top box, with Google TV installed, will go on sale on July 22nd in the US. Pre-orders are being taken today for the price of $199.

The Sony Internet Player will also be the first Google TV-based hardware product that will be sold outside the US. It will first be sold in the UK in July, followed by other countries such as Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico.

Sony has also announced a delay in the release of the Google TV-equipped NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player. Originally set for release this summer, it will now go on sale sometime this fall for $299.

The Sony Internet Player with Google TV is the first all-new set-top box with Google's television operating system that has been released since Google TV launched in the fall of 2010. Back then, Logitech sold a set-top box, the Revue, with Google TV in the fall of 2010. However, the reviews and sales were so bad that Logitech stopped production of the device. At the time, Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca said that the Revue set-top box was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature."

LG has also released a series of flat-screen TVs with Google TV support earlier in 2012 and Vizio is also supposed to offer TVs with Google TV support later this year.

Source: Sony press release | Image via Sony

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yea just read the review on gizmodo - doesnt look promising. Its a shame too, I love my apple tv but its features are limited and im always looking for something new to hook up to my TV. Guess I'll have to keep searching for a decent internet browser for my tv.

If it's still honeycomb (andriod 3.x), it's the same as the now discounted logitech.
It would have to be newer for me to even replacing my Logitech Google TV box then this.

So hold on, it's a GoogleTV set top BOX? And it's $200????? Yeah, why not just put Google TV into your uhh, TVs Sony?

GP007 said,
So hold on, it's a GoogleTV set top BOX? And it's $200????? Yeah, why not just put Google TV into your uhh, TVs Sony?

In all fairness I'd much rather have something like this as an external box rather than built in to the TV.

GP007 said,
So hold on, it's a GoogleTV set top BOX? And it's $200????? Yeah, why not just put Google TV into your uhh, TVs Sony?

Not everyone wants to buy another TV?

Some people already have the TV and want the Google TV stuff.

TheLegendOfMart said,

Not everyone wants to buy another TV?

Some people already have the TV and want the Google TV stuff.

Right, and maybe if this was more like $50- $100 but looking at the reviews this is an overpriced POS.

It's crap according to CNET because of the craptastic software.
I'm not surprised as combining Sony and Google is asking for it!

Interesting device. Where can I find out more about this thing? I'm curious to see all its capable of doing ...

TheLegendOfMart said,
Love that remote, I take it's going to have ICS?

Will it have a custom TV interface or stock ICS?

I'd love to see a remote like that for the XBox with smart glass to control, search, and access media from my PC as well as being able to queue up shows like in the xbox companion app on Windows Phone without the phone.