Sony is busy “redefining home entertainment”, apparently, with the launch of its new net TV sets which are powered by Google TV.
The range of HDTV sets will allow the owner to watch standard broadcasts (naturally enough), browse and stream video from the net, and enjoy apps.
Built using Android and the Chrome browser, backed with an Intel Atom processor and built-in wi-fi, the Internet TV will allow for dual view, so users can watch a programme while surfing the web or tweeting about said TV show.
Mike Abary, Senior VP of Sony’s Home Division, commented: “Sony Internet TV is the world’s first HDTV that combines the big-screen impact of television and full Internet search to deliver an unrivalled entertainment experience. Finally, you can seamlessly search your favourite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time.”
Apps will be available courtesy of the Android Market in early 2011, and a number of apps will come pre-installed including the likes of Twitter and YouTube. An RF Qwerty keypad remote is also bundled with the set.
Four models of Sony’s LCD Internet TV are being produced, with 24, 32, 40 and 46 inch screen sizes. UK prices aren’t yet available, but in the states these are pitched at $600, $800, $1000 and $1400 respectively. They’ll be on sale at the end of this week in the US.
Sony is also launching a Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player, which will have Google TV on board for those who want to use it with their existing HDTV. That will cost $400.