We're live at Sony's Internet TV press conference, where we're seeing the "world's first HDTV powered by Google TV" (and its gnarly remote). Updating live.
• The Sony Internet TV line-up will consist of four models: 24 inches, 32 inches, 40 inches and 46 inches • The four sets will span in price from $US599 to $US1399, available for pre-order at SonyStyle.com now • Sony is also offering an accompanying, internet-capable Blu-ray deck
• The Sony TV will be the only Google TV-enabled device available in time for the Christmas holidays • The TV appears to lack much of the hardware functionality of the other Google TV device we've seen so far, such as the Logitech Revue's video chatting.
The Google TV Implementation
The Internet TV uses Chrome for its Google TV browser and search functionality. Search will cull content from live TV, your DVR and the web, as well as serving up bookmarked programming. The Sony Internet TV will be able to tap into the rest of Google TV's Android ecosystem.
Navigating the menus felt less fluid than Logitech's implementation with the Revue - lag was noticeable through some parts of the interface. The menu structure itself is intuitive enough - standard Google TV fare - and a Sony rep confirmed that content-wise, the only thing they're adding to Google's platform is a couple of dozen "Sony Recommends" video channels.
Sony is touting its button-encrusted remote as a definitive, convenient way of managing its Internet TV and Blu-ray setup. We're still trying to guess what all those buttons do. Sony says design elements have been borrowed from the PS3, in addition to a full QWERTY keyboard and mouse functionality.