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]
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.
The Google Play Music app has been updated, and it now supports newer Google TV devices like the Sony NSZ-GS7 and Vizio Co-Star. Until now the app displayed as “incompatible” in the Google Play store, but older devices like the Logitech Revue were not affected. This couldn’t have been timed better for the release of the Co-Star, but owners of the Sony NSZ-GS7 have had to be far too patient in my opinion.
Nevertheless, the app is here and can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
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.
On June 28th, 2012, Sony Australia announced a promotion that gave a free Sony NSZGS7 Google TV player to anyone who purchased a Bravia HX850 series and HX750 series television. In an announcement made earlier today, Sony Australia has extended that promotion until September 2, 2012.
If you are an Australian resident and you purchase a qualifying Bravia TV before September 2, you can visit Sony’s promo page to claim your free Sony NSZGS7 Google TV player.
When Sony first announced its NSZ-GS7 Google TV set top box, the spec sheets indicated that it would support OnLive’s streaming game service. However, Sony is now changing its tune. A company rep recently told VentureBeat that the device would no longer support OnLive’s service.
The news comes shortly after Sony announced its acquisition of Gaikai, an open cloud gaming platform. Despite the statement from Sony, there is still some confusion as to whether or not the Google TV device supports OnLive. According to VentureBeat, OnLive claims there has been no change and that the device still supports their service because it is universally supported by the Google TV operating system.
It is possible that Sony will block the use of OnLive on their specific device due to the Gaikai acquisition, but there is currently no evidence to support this. All that remains is that, for the time being at least, OnLive is currently unusable on Sony’s NSZ-GS7 Google TV set top box.
[via The Verge]
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]
A recent study by analyst group Xyologic suggests that less than 1 million homes are using Google TV. In order to determine this, the group used data from the Android Market to analyze the number of app downloads for Google TV products. Though this isn’t an ideal method and won’t provide a perfect picture of user-ship (especially given the low number of apps available), it seems to be the closest we can get without Google releasing numbers themselves (which isn’t likely).
With few current options to purchase a Google TV (the Revue having been discontinued and Sony HDTVs currently not in production), the chances of Google TV truly cracking the living room market are looking dim. Will the number of new Google TV devices hitting shelves later this year be able to compete with the Apple TV, also rumored for release this year? At this rate, perhaps not.
[via TG Daily]
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