Yesterday we told you that Google TV was headed to Germany next month in the form of the Sony NSZ-GS7. Well according to homecinemamagazine.nl, the same device officially launched in the Netherlands today for 200 Euros. The article mentions that the number of apps in the Google Play store available to people in the Netherlands are limited, but that paid on-demand apps will be coming later.
In yesterdays post, we mentioned that the German version of the device would be missing the ability to search live TV, which is a fundamental part of Google TV. Today’s source does not mention that this will be the case in the Netherlands, but something tells me that it will be.
Residents of the Netherlands can order the Sony NSZ-GS7 with Google TV from the Sony Netherlands website here.
Google TV is headed to Germany this September in the form of the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV set top box. The device will be presented at the IFA in Berlin next week, and although an actual date has not been set, German consumers should be able to purchase the device sometime around the middle of next month for approximately 200 Euros.
It does appear that the German version will have some limitations compared to the one available in the US. Users will not be able to search for live television, one of the original and fundamental elements of Google TV. The device will come equipped with the Chrome browser, as well as access to the Google Play store.
It is certainly puzzling that such a fundamental aspect of Google TV will be missing from this device, which raises the question of exactly how appealing this unit will be to German consumers.
Starting in September, Google TV is tipped to finally get its shot abroad after all– the new Sony Google TV set-top box and Sony Blu-ray player integrated with Google TV, expected to retail for €200 (~$266) and €300 (~$400) respectively, will be released in France, the UK, Spain, and Germany. No word yet if other Google TV partners have confirmed plans to cross the pond.
With the next wave of Google TV products poised to hit shelves here in the US later this year, the retail costs of the Google TV products hitting Europe seem high. While the new Sony products do include improvements like Google Play buttons on the remote and Sony’s own Music Unlimited built in, the upcoming switch from Intel’s chipset to the new Marvell ARM-based system is expected to drive costs down. Will European Google TV shelves remain stocked until they too have access to the lower cost options?
[via Slash Gear]
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