Google TV Rides Again With Vizio, Sony Set-Top Boxes

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News Posted: Tue, Jun 26 2012 2:48 PM
Google TV hasn’t exactly achieved the adoption Google hoped, but after the initial spate of Google TV products failed to capture the hearts and minds of consumers, it looks now as though a new wave of Google TV products is mounting a charge.

Yesterday, Sony announced the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player with Google TV. The former will cost $199 and hit the market on July 22 (with pre-ordering beginning already), and the latter will $299 and be available for the holidays. Both come with a redesigned Bluetooth-enabled backlit QWERTY keyboard which features a touch pad with a three-axis motion sensor and the ability to be used as a universal remote control.


Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV

Today, Vizio launched the Google TV-packing Vizio Co-Star Stream Player, which features the ability to connect with a cable or satellite box so that users can keep live TV, streamed content, apps, and Web browsing all in one place. It comes with a universal QWERTY keyboard and touchpad remote control and features 802.11n WiFi, support for 1080p HD, an integrated USB port, and more. The Co-Star also includes built-in OnLive cloud gaming, which is rather a killer app. The Co-Star is coming in July with a price tag of $99.99.


Vizio Co-Star Stream Player with Google TV

It’s likely that we’ll hear even more about Google TV and a new lineup of partner products later this week.
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sevags replied on Wed, Jun 27 2012 3:48 AM

This is very interesting! I was planning on purchasing the Sony googletv box without the bluray player but this Vizio is a very likely option!!! At $99 less I'm concerned about quality and hardware specs/speed compared to the sony, my Sony googletv was great, the standalone BD player was ok, the Logitech revue build quality was absolute trash!!!!!

Picking between the two I can tell you price won't be a consideration for me, number 2 consideration is build quality, number 1 consideration is which controller is actually the most comfortable and easy to use. I had a few concerns about my old googletv controller so I'm solely purchasing based on that this time around.

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