Sony’s NSZ-GS7 Google TV player is now available for individual purchase in Australia. After a lengthy period where the device was only available as a bundle with certain models of Sony HDTVs, the NSZ-GS7 is available at Sony physical and online stores as well as some third party retailers.
There is no word yet as to whether or not the Australian version is similar to the stripped down version being sold in Europe right now that lacks the ability to search across live TV. It is priced at $299 and is available now.
Sony is giving away a free pair of stereo headphones($30 value) and 3 free movies ($45 value) when you purchase a Sony Google TV player. To redeem simply enter the code YOUTUBEFAN when checking out on Sony’s online store. This offer is only good until September 17th, so if you want to take advantage of the giveaways you’ll have to act fast. For more information be sure to click on the source link below.
Last week we told you that Google TV was headed to 80 different foreign markets in Europe via Sony. Earlier today, Sony France’s chief Philippe Citroën made the announcement that Google TV was landing in France on September 24th in the form of two different devices: a basic version for €199 and a Blu-Ray player for €299.
[via Digital TV Europe]
Update: The Co-Star seems to be available once again. For how long we’re not sure, so if you want to order one you may want to do so quickly.
After less than 24 hours of being available once again, the Vizio Co-Star appears to be sold out. Yesterday we discovered that the Co-Star was available to order after a lengthy sold out period with an estimated ship date of September 17th. Vizio officially confirmed the new availability of the Co-Star earlier this morning via their Twitter account, but now the order page is displaying the out of stock message that customers have been seeing for over a month.
We’re not sure if this is another technical error like the one they were experiencing yesterday, or if the demand is simply too high. We’ll keep a close eye on this today and update you if the Co-Star becomes available again.
Update: It now appears that the Co-Star is in fact available for order with an expected ship date of September 17th.
Over a month after the initial round of pre-sale orders sold out, the Vizio Co-Star Google TV player is now available for what appears to be general orders… kind of. The “currently sold out” label that has been removed and is now listed as in stock and available to add to the cart. The only problem is, nothing happens when you add it to the cart.
If you click on the cart button after supposedly adding the Co-Star, you are sent to a page that informs you that the item you have added to your cart is out of stock. Is this all simply an error with Vizio’s website? Or is the Co-Star actually in stock and they are simply in the process of updating the site to once again accept orders?
No announcement has been made by Vizio on their Twitter or Google + pages, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on all of this and update you as soon as more information becomes available. Also, if you are able to successfully order a Co-Star please leave us a comment and let us know!
The NFL has struck a deal with Google to bring its NFL Network and Redzone channels to Google Fiber, the search engine’s new experimental broadband Internet and TV service launching in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. During their press release, the NFL took the opportunity to mention that Google Fiber is the second carrier in a Time Warner market that will be offering the NFL Network, reaffirming the fact that Time Warner is the only major cable provider to not offer the channels.
Perhaps this is just a ploy to pressure Time Warner into finally offering the NFL content, but in any case this is good news for football fans who are planning on getting Google Fiber. Ironically enough Google still hasn’t struck a deal with sports giant ESPN, but has already secured channels like Showtime, Starz, Comedy Central and CNBC.
There is still no word as to when Google Fiber will officially launch, but Kansas City residents have until September 9th to pre-register for the chance to receive service.
[via LA Times]
GigaOm is reporting that Amazon has been quietly hiring developers with experience in the connected TV industry, including several former Logitech employees who worked on the Revue. Amazon’s secretive R&D firm Lab126 was responsible for the hirings, and has also courted former employees of Netflix, TiVo and Comcast.
Amazon is holding a press conference tomorrow in Los Angeles, and industry analysts are speculating that some kind of TV related announcement could happen. Amazon is no stranger to selling hardware, as evidenced by its great success with the Kindle line, especially the Kindle Fire. Many see the Fire as a bona fide iPad and Android tablet competitor, and an Amazon web-connected TV device could very well be a real competitor for other products like Google TV, Apple TV and Roku.
The bottom line here is that Amazon is certainly looking to make some kind of splash in the TV industry. There may not be any announcement tomorrow, but keep your eyes and ears open for something big from them in the coming months.
Shoppers rejoice! The popular home shopping network QVC has released a Google TV optimized version of their Android application for easier searching and shopping. The entire catalogue has been digitalized, and users can browse, watch videos, and order from their Google TV remote. Dr. Ulrich Flatten, CEO QVC Germany, had the following to say:
“With Google TV convergence is finally a reality. The classic medium of television and the internet are connected with one click. QVC is proud to be one of the first German TV providers that offer such a specially developed app. This is an important step in our strategy as a leader in multimedia online retailing. This also underlines our position as an innovator in the home shopping business. ”
The app can be download from Google Play here.
[via Broadband TV News]
A couple weeks ago we told you about a killer sale on LG Google TV’s happening at Amazon.com. We wanted to update you that the sale is still in effect, but with slightly different prices. The 55-inch LG has an MSRP of $2300, but is now $1334.00. The 47-inch has an MSRP of $1700, and is now only $1099.00.
It is not clear how long these offers are going to last, and the prices do appear to be fluctuating. If you want to take advantage of this great offer, hit up the links below to check out the deals.
In an announcement made at the IFA convention, Euronews outlined their partnership with Sony and bring Google TV to 80 different foreign markets. Euronews is a European, multilingual news channel which is currently available on Google TV in the US. From the press release:
Thanks to its success on Google TV in the United States since March 2012, Euronews is a partner in the global launch in 80 countries of two new Sony boxes specially designed for the smart TV platform of the internet giant.
There doesn’t appear to be an official announcement from Sony confirming the partnership at this time, but it seems authentic. We will be sure to update you if/when Sony makes a statement. Continue reading for the full press release.
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