Google’s attempt to bring the web to your television will at last become publicly available for Australians this week, almost two years since it launched in the United States.
In a statement today, Sony Australia said it would make the Google TV set top devices available to Australians, but with a catch – you’ll have to purchase a brand new television in order to get it.
From the 28th June the Google TV will come bundled with new purchases of the Sony HX850 and HX750 series televisions. While the bundle is a ‘limited time’ special, Sony says in time Australians will also be able to purchase the Google TV set for $349. No release date has yet been set for the sale of the device individually.
The devices – which come with a remote and allow the user to surf the Internet while also watching television – run a modified version of Google’s open source Android platform meaning the set can also run applications from Google’s Android Market.
“With the combination of the superb picture quality of our BRAVIA TV range and our Internet Player with Google TV, we will give digital entertainment lovers a new understanding of what’s possible in today’s living room – and tomorrow’s,” Carl Rose, Managing Director of Sony Australia and New Zealand said in a statement today.
“Combining Sony’s strength in TV and Google’s power in web, we are truly proud to be the first Google TV partner in Australia.”
Other countries also scoring the Google TV in the latest bout of announcements from Sony include Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico.
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