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Easter Egg: Google TV™ Sync with BRAVIA® TV

by Team Sony 10/30/2012

Today, we are revealing a true Easter Egg: a hidden feature of the 2012 BRAVIA® HX-Series televisions.

If you own such a BRAVIA TV and a Sony Internet Player with Google TV™ NSZ-GS7, chances are that you already connected them using an HDMI® cable. But did you notice that the BRAVIA TV menu changes when you connect the TV and Sony’s Google TV Player? A new menu item “Powered by Google TV” shows up (pictured below)…

From here, you can actually use your BRAVIA Remote Commander to launch applications on Sony’s Google TV Player, such as the Google Play™ Store or TV & Movies.  And at this point, you can switch to the Sony Google TV Remote to take advantage of the full QUERTY keyboard – it makes searching for content super simple and convenient. Of course, you can also continue to operate the Android™ application with the BRAVIA Remote, if you like. The bottom line is that you can use either remote to control the synced devices – and we made it this way because we 1) wanted to make your life easier and 2) give you options.

How does this magic work?  When you connect the two devices, there are not only TV and Audio signals going from Sony’s Google TV Player to the BRAVIA TV over the HDMI cable. There are also commands passed from the BRAVIA TV to the Internet Player with Google TV, and the TV knows what you connect to it. This information is then used to give you more choice within the BRAVIA menu, and your BRAVIA Remote Commander signals are received by the Internet Player with Google TV.

So, did you know about this before? If not, give it a try and let us know what you think.

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  1. Anonymous wrote: November 4, 2012 1:47am

    Yeah, but when are we (i.e. Australians, or anyone else in the Western World for that matter!) going to get a Sony television with “Google TV” BUILT-IN?

    Between our PlayStation 3 (with “PlayTV” and content streamed from our NAS server), our PlayStation 2, our Xperia smartphones (with the HDMI output) and our Telstra “T-Box”, we already have enough devices connected…

    We need a new television, but we’re putting it off until Sony release a television with Google TV BUILT-IN for Australia.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: November 5, 2012 1:55pm

      Hi there, thanks for your comment. We have no plans to release a TV with Google TV built-in. However, we are focused on delivering the smartest of smart TV solutions through set-top boxes like the Internet Player with Google TV (NSZ-GS7) and the Google TV Blu-ray Disc payer (NSZ-GP9).Perhaps you can hook up your Streaming Player with Google TV set-top box (or our Google TV Blu-Ray Disc Player in the near future), leave the PlayStation for the games, and there you go. You can stream all you need from Google. Hope this helps!

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  2. Anonymous wrote: November 5, 2012 6:33pm

    Do you have an update on the availability of the NSZ-GS9? I thought it should become available last month (October) but I can’t find it anywhere.

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  3. Anonymous wrote: November 6, 2012 8:24am

    Will I be able to use the new googletv remote to control my KDL 46NX723?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: November 8, 2012 6:46pm

      Hi there, it will only work with HX Series TVs. Thanks for your question.

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      1. Anonymous wrote: December 4, 2012 9:57am

        Hi.

        I’ve got a NSZ-GS7 connected to a HX-920, but I don’t get this integration. Is this only for the 2012-HX Bravias?

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        1. Kathleen wrote: December 5, 2012 12:51pm

          Hi there, I’ve sent your info to our support team. They should be reaching out shortly to help you out. Thanks for reading!

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          1. John Nellestein wrote: February 8, 2013 5:45am

            Will the GOOGLE TV integration (hidden feature of the 2012 BRAVIA® HX-Series televisions)also work using it with the Sony Bravia KDL46HX925 dated nov/dec 2011?

  4. randy thingvold wrote: March 2, 2013 12:58am

    Have an Sony xbr55hx929. It replace old 46″, which was faster. Problem: new tv internet very awkward, and slow. Would $200 google remote with box speed things up? Also have speakers that only get really good sound on Bluray movies. Having dish seems to muck thinks up, although works great for their system. I get Netflix and youtube great, even longer (hr or longer) youtube videos, but have to use sd instead of hidef

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  5. aigars wrote: April 30, 2013 12:41pm

    Hello! Or can anyone help? I am using a Sony Bravia KDL-42EX440 and I have the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player! I was able to use the TV remote control for my Internet Player, enjoy all the app but then I switch off all because I moved to live elsewhere! Now the TV remote control will work just for my TV, do not understand where is the problem! sorry for bad English

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    1. Sony Support USA wrote: April 30, 2013 1:25pm

      Good afternoon aigarsje@gmail.com,

      I’m Pat Kennedy with Sony Support USA.

      Some helpful information, including How To & Troubleshooting,Videos & Tutorials and News & Alerts, may be found at Sony’s eSupport website @ http://esupport.sony.com/

      Please visit this link today regarding your issue:

      http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=C1000141&sliceId=2&docTypeID=DT_KNOWLEDGEARTICLES_1_1&dialogID=249338801&stateId=0 0 249340498

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      Thank you!

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  6. Dave wrote: July 5, 2013 6:51pm

    If there is an external sound system where the initial feed runs through the receiver, does the sony internet player connect to the receiver first and then continue the routing? If so, does the system auto detect the proper settings to control the audio changes on the receiver?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: July 11, 2013 1:25pm

      Hi Dave, thanks for your question. We think it might be related to the fact that the GTV system is supposed to be connected between the TV and the AV Receiver, so that the GTV can do video overlay on the AV Receiver. Customers might have a problem to feed audio output from the GTV to the AV Receiver, since the GTV is connected to the OUTPUT of the AV Receiver.

      A solution is to use the Optical Audio Out of the GTV box and connect that to the Optical Audio In of the AV Receiver. Hope this helps!

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