Excerpt: Cofounders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, met while attending Stanford University in the 1990s. While they were working on a computer science project, the pair created the Google search engine, which now enjoys a 65-percent market share in the United States and over 80 percent in Europe.
Sony NSZ-GT1 Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player with Google TV Review
18 January 2011
Excerpt: The next time you see Bill Gates on line at the supermarket, ask him and he'll tell you: There's a big difference between proclaiming your domination of the living room and actually doing it. Too many people too often think that the similarities between computers and consumer electronics gear--they use electricity! and now they both connect to the internet!--make them kindred to the point of fusion.
Pros: Brings Google's famous Internet access to your existing HDTV, Apps and internet-powered features go beyond what any other Blu-ray player can do, but...
Cons: Hang on for repeated frustration when exploring unsupported/blocked video websites, Remote control not nearly as intuitive as Sony seems to think it is
Summary: The Sony NSZ-GT1 combines Google TV and Blu-ray in a single box, but Sony's frustrating controller, the high price, and Google TV's content issues make it a tough sell.
Pros: Blu-ray player with built-in Google TV; revolutionary Google TV software enables potential access to virtually all online media, with a powerful interface; user interface overlays TV content from cable/satellite box; can control TV, AV receiver, and cable/satellite box with IR blasters; Google search bar looks through both online and offline content; built-in Chrome browser supports Flash and HTML5 video; Android Marketplace coming in 2011.
Cons: Frustrating controller handles neither Google TV or Blu-ray well; major content providers like Hulu, CBS, and ABC are currently blocking Google TV; user interface geared toward power users; Google's "universal" search doesn't search Netflix; antiquated Netflix interface; limited app selection at launch; expensive compared with other Wi-Fi Blu-ray players; doesn't work with older, non-HD TVs.
First Look: Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV and PlayOn Server
27 November 2010
Excerpt: With the apparent price cut of Sony’s Google TV products and the ever expanding boycott of streaming media from many of the major networks, it would appear that Google TV is getting off to a bad start. This didn’t stop us from getting our hands on the Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV to find out what it’s all about. This first Quick Look will show you the hardware you get for your money, basic connections and the setup of the product.
Excerpt: Sony’s Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player aims to seamlessly integrate Web browsing with a more traditional television experience. Google TV is a software and hardware platform for set-top boxes and HDTVs based on the Android operating system. Google TV is a whole new and revolutionary way to think about TV because it combines your current [...
Conclusion: Overall we are very pleased with the Google TV software but somewhat disappointed in the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GT1 implementation. The Google TV integration between a DVR and TV makes browsing the Internet while watching TV easy and enjoyable. Google also announced that, early next year the boxes will support Android Marketplace which should result in an explosion of additional Apps.
Conclusion: The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player may lack the Logitech Revue's Harmony remote functionality, but its Blu-ray drive makes it a better value if you want to get into the Google TV game.
Pros: Excellent value. Solid Blu-ray video quality for a convergence product. Google TV interface peruses Web content, TV listings, and apps with Google search. Streams audio, video, photos from PCs wirelessly.
Cons: Limited connectivity (only HDMI and Optical outputs). Only DISH Network DVR content shows up in searches. Cannot assign multiple user accounts to protect browsing, content-viewing history.