We waited. We waited. And then the day finally came. After months of mystery, an excited crowd in New York was among the first to see and try the Sony Internet TV at the official launch of the World’s first HDTV powered by the Google Television platform. While rock star Mike Posner entertained the crowd, groups gathered around the televisions set up to let fans see and experience the combination of Sony engineered hardware with Google’s software.
If you’ve been following the story since the partnership was announced at Google’s annual developer conference earlier this year, you know the new Sony HDTVs will let you watch your favorite shows and browse the internet seamlessly with just one device. It’s the ultimate multitasking tool!
The televisions have a powerful Intel® processor which means while you’re watching your favorite television shows you can quickly do things like search using Google’s Chrome browser, find then watch videos from YouTube, look up sports scores and more. The sets are also built on the Android platform giving you access to a world of apps right on your TV.
Now, to give you a closer look at what fans were able to experience at the event, here are some photos from the night as well as some newly released information on the interface, hardware and platform.
Dual View, lets you watch your favorite shows while doing things like tweeting, checking fantasy football scores, or just browsing online, all in one easy-to-use interface.
Pre-installed apps include Netflix, Pandora®, YouTube™, Napster, Twitter, CNBC, and NBA as well as Sony’s Video On Demand powered by Qriocity ™. The Android™ Market, which will be available in early 2011, will let you add apps.
The Sony Internet TV also runs a Chrome browser.
You can merge multiple content sources in one easy-to-use interface like broadcast and streaming Internet video.
Search for entertainment and information via the Internet and from the content on your television. Sony Internet TV connects to select HD DVR devices from Dish Network, so when you search for a show, content you recorded will also show up in the search results.
A full QWERTY keypad remote with an optical mouse comes with the new sets. You’ll be able to navigate content, type in search terms and control the TV’s user interface using the keypad remote. Soon you’ll be able to use some mobile devices, like an Android phone to control the TV with an app available for download when the Android Market becomes available in early 2011.
The line features four LCD HDTV’s with Edge LED backlight, ranging from 24 to 46 inches and $600 to $1400 in price. Presale has started at Sony Style and the full line will be available at Sony Style and Best Buy stores starting October 16th.
Keep checking back with us for the latest Sony Internet TV news. We will post the full photo album from the night on our Sony Electronics Facebook page. You can also find information about the Sony Internet TV at www.sony.com/internetTV or from the Sony news and information site.