Sony has announced it will launch a Google TV set top box next month.
The Sony NSZ-GS7 goes up for pre-order today with a release date of the week commencing 16 July and a price of around £200. It will be the first Google TV product to launch outside of the US. See also: Logitech Revue with Google TV review.
Gildas Pelliet, European head of marketing at Sony said: "Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony’s smartphones, tablets and renowned Audio & Video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV Internet Player,"
The Internet Player will bring access to the web via Google Chrome, YouTube and the Play Store to any TV – making it a 'Smart TV'. Apple TV is now in its third generation and costs £99.
Sony's Google TV will come with a dual-sided remote control. It has a regular buttons and a touch pad on one side and a Qwerty keyboard on the reverse. There will also be a free app so smartphones and tablets can be used as remote controls.
"Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen or play with the freedom of the internet and using the familiar Chrome browser" added Pelliet.
As well as the NSZ-GS7, Sony will launch a Google TV-powered Blu-ray player called the NSZ-GP9. It will launch in the US in October followed by Canada, UK, France, Netherlands and Germany.