Google TV will arrive in Australia this week, in a set-top box delivering an enhanced entertainment experience through a number of exciting features, after Sony announced it would come with two of its TV models.
Google TV users will be able to use apps created specifically for Google TV, including YouTube, Twitter, streaming news, karaoke channels, and games from Google Play.
Included is a dual-sided remote control that has a touch pad and full QWERTY keyboard for searching, making the Internet Player with Google TV easy to operate. It also has a three-axis motion sensor for playing games.
“There’s smart, and then there’s smartest – and that’s what we think Google TV offers consumers who want the ultimate connected, big screen experience at home,” said Carl Rose, Managing Director, Sony Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s going to change the way we watch TV but it will also change the way we use the internet. If you’re watching the marathon or the 1500m freestyle during the Olympics, for example, you might want to look up more about the athlete competing and you can browse a web page while you watch the TV on the same screen,” said Paul Colley, Group Manager – Network Services and Technology, Sony Australia.
Google TV set-top boxes is only available with the purchase of two Sony TV models – the Bravia HX850 (from $2,999) and HX750 (from $1099), with a stand-alone product released “in future”.