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.