updated 06:30 pm EDT, Tue October 12, 2010
Sony Google TV official, due October 16
Sony as promised tonight confirmed its Internet TV GT1 line, its first Google TV devices. The Internet TV and Internet Blu-ray Player build an Atom-based system into their designs and support the full Google OS for searching both the web and TV programming (including Flash-based video) as well as loading Android-based apps. Sony's spin puts in an app for its Qriocity movie service as well as CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and YouTube.
A special, previously rumored RF wireless remote moves away from traditional controls with a handful of traditional controls but also a full, fixed QWERTY keyboard for chatting or searching while watching TV. Dual View mode gives the TV and Blu-ray boxes ways to keep watching without disrupting whatever's happening in apps or in the Chrome browser.
TVs start at relatively low prices, starting at $600 for a 24-inch NSX-24GT1; this has a traditional cold-cathode fluorescent backlight and built-in Wi-Fi, but 32-inch ($800), 40-inch ($1,000) and 46-inch ($1,400) sets all have edge LED backlighting. All but the 24-inch model also have a way to pair up with Android phones as a remote; iPhone apps have been hinted at in the past but haven't been mentioned today.
Just one Blu-ray player will be available, and at $400 will have all the software features as well as the remote and Android phone support. Video is limited to HDMI in and out, but will include four USB inputs.
The entire lineup should be available to buy on October 16 from Sony's own website, and it should reach Best Buy on October 24. Stay tuned for our hands-on details from Google's event.