Sony unveils Google TV STB
June 25, 2012
By Colin Mann
Sony Electronics has confirmed the availability and pricing of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV, originally introduced in January at CES. In addition to US availability, Sony will also be the first manufacturer to launch Google TV products outside of the US, initially starting with the UK in July, followed later by Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico.
Powered by Google TV, the Internet Player will be available at US retailers nationwide on July 22nd, priced at $199. Pre-orders begin on June 25th, 2012 at www.sony.com/sonygoogletv.
“Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony’s smartphones, tablets and renowned audio and video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV set-top-box,” said Phil Molyneux, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics. “Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen to or play using familiar search engine technology, enhancing the viewer experience. TV will never be the same.”
In addition to the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, Sony’s newest Internet Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9, will be available at retailers in time for the holiday season, priced at $299.
The NSZ-GP9 player features Sony’s proven Blu-ray Disc technology coupled with the robust Google TV platform.
In 2010, Sony helped pioneer the Internet-TV convergence as one of the first manufacturers to launch products powered by Google TV. With the new NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV, Sony will also be the first manufacturer to launch Google TV products outside of the United States, initially starting with the United Kingdom in July, followed later by Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico.
The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV will be available this fall in the United States, followed later by Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Netherlands.
Both new products come complete with a redesigned remote control equipped with a backlit QWERTY keyboard, a touch pad for easy operation and a three-axis motion sensor to enjoy games. Additionally, the Bluetooth remote control can also be utilised as a universal remote to control connected devices such as TV, set- top-box and A/V receivers – the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player even incorporates voice search capabilities.