Today was a big day for Sony – the launch of their first TV with a full Internet browsing experience. The newly redesigned SonyStyle.com homepage revealed all the juicy information regarding Sony Internet TV line up and Sony Internet Blu-ray player NSZ-GT1.
Both TV and the blu-ray player come with a very handy PS3 controller-inspired remote control (NSG-MR1) featuring QWERTY keyboard and ability to control other Sony devices (AMP, BD, TV). The TV line up as we reported earlier consists of 4 models (24″, 32″, 40″ and 46″) and its core OS is based on Android and come 2011 a flood of all kinds of Apps will be available from the Marketplace.
Currently Sony Internet TVs are preloaded with popular apps like Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, Sony’s owned Qriocity, Twitter and many others. Multitasking while watching TV is a major feature which Sony calls Dual View allowing you to watch live TV in a smaller window while you can fire up the Chrome browser or any other app to check on the latest score or tweet about your experience. It’s interesting to note that Sony pioneered a similar feature in its Locationfree products LF-X1/5/11 where you could browse the net (on a very limited basis though) and have a small window open with the content which can be dragged around the screen of the portable TV tablet.
All Sony Internet TVs will share the following features:
- Google TV built-in Google TV built-in
- Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content
- Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View
- Upgradeable Google TV platform
- Download apps from Android Market (coming in early 2011)
- Superior processing power with Intel Inside
- Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse
- Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall)
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Four HDMI inputs and Four HDMI inputs
Sony Internet Blu-ray disc player NSZ-GT1 looks pretty impressive and will be a great add on for those of you who do not wish to buy yet another TV as the BD player shares all the same features above except it has 2 HDMI inputs/outputs and will transform your current HDTV into full fledged Google TV! I have pre-ordered one and will give it a spin hopefully this coming Monday. I am really surprised that the Blu-ray player does not include support or any mentioning of 3D playback. So we may assume that another gen of Sony Internet TVs and blu-ray players in 2011 will be adding that feature that Sony is pushing.
Sony will be aggressive in its marketing and has released its first commercial which you can view below.
Another nice surprise is Sony Internet TV products will be available at local SonyStyle stores this weekend and are also available for pre-orders at SonyStyle.com. Best Buy will be selling these at the end of the month on or around October 24th.
Read the whole press release here and navigate through SonyStyle.com to learn more about these exciting newcomers!
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