Sony teases Internet TV (aka Google TV)

Since Google TV was announced, we have been waiting for some concrete products that will have the software. The Logitech Revue is nice, but for Google TV to really change the way we watch TV, it has to be imbedded into the actual TV you buy and not another set-top box. Sony has stepped up to the plate by teasing its Internet TV, which it proclaims as "the world's first HDTV incorporating the Google TV platform."

Details on the specs of the TV itself are sparse, and any hint of a release date or price are also absent. However, it is probably safe to assume Sony would love to have this out for the holiday shopping season, and they had them on hand at Google IO last spring. We will all just have to wait until October 12th to find out more. Click on to the source link to read all the (vague) details (and some old videos). [Sony]

Kyle Gibb
  • I would much rather them make a box instead of built-in, I am already perfectly fine with my current TV, why do i need another one, just give me the standalone box.
  • Sony better hope Google TV is a hit or it will
    have wasted a lot of money
  • This is balderdash, rubbish: "for Google TV to really change the way we watch TV, it has to be imbedded into the actual TV you buy and not another set-top box." Why would you say that?
    Just as separate audio components can be mixed and matched for the best possible combination, so it goes with video components. I want a separate box. Tying the two together in a "google tv" adds so much cost it won't be justifiable to upgrade this total unit for a decade, whereas: 1. If you have a 1080p display, no significant change in broadcast content will change probably for decades, so you can keep your high def screen until then with no penalty unless the picture degrades. 2. If further innovation on the function of the google tv box, or media delivery to homes, or even yet another video standard past dnla or hdmi, are to occur, you can upgrade just the google tv box. If you get an all in one unit, there may be some possibility of upgrade, but as with all things, over time this will end and you'll be hosed. The masses don't buy TVs every two years like they do phones; you really want to think through how to stave off the obsolescence when it is simple to do so by getting separate displays and vid delivery boxes.
  • I was referring to the mass-market consumer. $300 for the Revue is not a spur-of-the-moment purchase for the majority of people. The price needs to come way down or many more TVs need to ship with GTV on board for the average consumer to use it. But that's my opinion ;)
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  • Yeah, just give me a box. {{-_-}}
  • Ads I have to completely disagree as this TV will last as long as any other HDTV out there plus it will come with google software to have less of a mess around my TV. I am sure if google upgrades the tv they will just push an update to the tv like they do a phone. Your point that 1080p will be around for decades is meaningless cause the sony tv will also work for decades and provide tv for that long.
  • I really don't want this kind of quickly obsolescent hardware built into a TV. With a set top box I have flexibility to upgrade easily, as better, faster products come along.
  • I think that its great that TV's are being built with it already, BUT the number one priority should be to get people to adopt it, the best way to do that is to allow them to buy a box and not a new TV. They need to show us that this new way of merging tv and the web is better then compeditors like Roku, Boxxee and Appletv. Out of them all GoogleTv has been rumored to be the most expensive, so instead of working that far ahead and building it into TV's, Sony and logitech and all the other should focus on separate set top boxes. I DONT NEED TO REPLACE MY TV!
  • +1 for a box rather than built into a set. I understand why there is a market for all-in-one equipment.. easy to set up, one remote from the start.... etc. I would much rather have a really good screen that is bare bones. This means the cost of the set is kept down and there are less things to fail in the set. Another big factor is how quickly technology is moving. The hardware extra being built into these sets will surely be outdated come a year or two. New resolution standards are slow to be adopted. Hell we are still transitioning to full 1080p. That will stick for longer than the lifetime of the media hardware, assuming you want to stay relatively up to date. That 1080P set you just bought will still keep up with current resolution standards for years to come. Most people don't swap tv's every 2 years to keep up with the latest and greatest (3d tv)! Keep the screens simple, give me plenty of i/o ports and let me keep current by swapping my peripherals. On a side note... how long will it be before g-tv is ported to be used on other x86 hardware? I have an atom based htpc set up and it would be great to be able to put g-tv on that instead of buying a new box!
  • How come my comment was removed, huh?