Five Reasons why Sony’s Google TV™ Player rocks

by Ray Hartjen 10/09/2012

If you’re the type of person who watches TV with a notebook computer, a tablet, and/or a smartphone, then Google TV™ might be something for you – everything on one device, one screen, with one remote. If you’re shopping around for or reading Google TV reviews, be sure to check out Sony’s Google TV (NSZ-GS7) set-top box. I already know your first question:

Why pay more for Sony’s Google TV player?

Assuming you’re not one of my two children, I won’t give you the answer “because I said so.” Instead, I’ll give you a few better reasons.

1. Memories …

Sony’s Google TV box has 8 GB of internal memory compared to the competition’s 4 GB. Why is that important? One word:  apps. Okay, two words:  more apps. The Google TV platform provides the smartest smart TV experience of them all, and a big part of that is not only the full on Google Chrome™ browser, but also the app market at the Google Play™ store. Take away the 3.1 GB of system memory needed, and you’ll only be able to download approximately 18 apps (assuming 50 MB size per app) on the competition’s box.  On the Sony’s Google TV Player, you’ll have room for approximately 98 apps. More apps, more fun.

2. Inputs and Outputs

Sony’s NSZ-GS7 (pictured below on the left) has two USB inputs, allowing customers to connect multiple devices, like a hard drive full of music and thumb drive full of family photos. With the competition (pictured below on the right), you’ll have to choose, for they only have one. Additionally, the Sony has an optical output for better sound quality when connecting with a non-HDMI® sound system, like a sound bar for example. Don’t look for an audio out on the competition; there isn’t one.

3. Remote Control

Let me tell you, peeps love their remotes. We get more comments about remotes on Home Division products than any other spec or feature. The award-winning Sony Google TV player’s remote has a lot going for it:

  1. Universal remote1
  2. Backlit full QWERTY keyboard
  3. Large, clickable touchpad with an ability to “pinch and pull” web pages like your smart phone
  4. 3-axis motion controller

Ever watch TV in a dark room? You won’t for long with the competition’s remote – there’s no backlit keyboard (plus the touchpad is tiny, and no motion control for those special apps).

4. Design

Okay, I’ll give you that this one is subjective. But, have you seen this thing? Small, simple, and elegant. Or, as I like to say, it’s a Sony.

5. Movies, Movies, Movies

Still not sold on the Sony? Let me sweeten the offer. How about up to $45 in free movies from the Google Play store2? The promotion is “in the box” and you can start enjoying movie night in your house immediately.

As we roll into the holiday shopping season, be sure to check out the Sony’s Google TV player. It turns any TV into the smartest of smart TVs. With the Google Chrome browser, picture-in-picture, apps, and a sick remote, you’ll be the master of your entertainment domain – if it’s accessible over-the-air on in cyberspace, you’ll be able to access it.


  1.  Not all products supported.
  2. Up to $45 value is based on redemption of three new release features from Google Play beginning 7/1/12 through 7/15/14. Offer valid with purchase of Sony Internet Player with Google TV(TM) or Xpheria (TM) Tablet S (SGPT121US, SGPT122US, SGPT123US) and  is only available to customers with a billing address in the United States. Titles are subject to change without prior notice. For full Terms and Conditions please go to



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  1. Anonymous wrote: October 9, 2012 9:48pm

    This looks nice
    I Mite get it

    1. Kathleen wrote: October 10, 2012 11:50am

      Awesome! Let us know if we can answer any questions for ya.

  2. Anonymous wrote: October 10, 2012 2:50am

    i love sony, it’s really rock.

    1. Kathleen wrote: October 10, 2012 11:46am

      Why thank you!

  3. Anonymous wrote: October 10, 2012 1:49pm

    Will the remote be sold stand alone so we could pair it with our 1st gen Sony Google TV Blu-Ray Player? Will the 1st gen version also get upgraded to Jelly Bean OS? Please let me know! I LOVE my 1st gen Sony Google TV Blu-Ray player! :D

    1. Kathleen wrote: October 11, 2012 11:42am

      Hi there! No, the remote won’t be sold separately. It’ll accompany and only be compatible with the NSZ-GS7 & NSZ-GS9. As for the update, I’ll have to get back to you on that. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Anonymous wrote: October 10, 2012 7:14pm

    It’s still too expensive for what ya get… Maybe @ $149.99 but not $199…

  5. Anonymous wrote: October 12, 2012 10:19am

    I did buy it and I really love it.
    I have only one problem, my Technisat Digit-HD4 CX does not work with it.
    I am still not done testing it, maybe it’s the AVReceiver or the HDMI-cables.

    Is there any forum? The Help-Side of Sony has only the standard-answers and picture how to connect it.

    One more thing: It’s noiseless! :-)

    1. Kathleen wrote: October 12, 2012 12:39pm

      So glad to hear you are enjoying it! I will forward your question along to our support team. They should be reaching out shortly to help you. Thanks for your comment and happy Friday!

  6. Anonymous wrote: October 12, 2012 4:01pm

    I sometimes have to reset the box (unplug and plug back in) in order for my TV picture to come on. It’s annoying and I think it has to do with the a incompatibility this Google TV box has with my Directv DVR HR34

  7. Anonymous wrote: October 12, 2012 6:01pm

    Pity there are NO movie offers for Australian users once there are it will make this box go from being good to great


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