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Sony Launches New Network Media Player and Blu-ray Disc™ Player powered by Google TV with Phased Launch Starting in North America and Europe

Press release   •   Jan 10, 2012 02:00 CET

Users can connect these devices to their TV via HDMI to seamlessly watch TV broadcast*1, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet. The new remote control is equipped with a touch pad, full keyboard with back light, microphone for voice search*2 and game compliant 3 axis motion sensor which realizes easy and intuitive operation.

In 2010, Sony introduced the world's*3 first HDTV and Blu-ray Disc Player powered by Google TV. The new Network Media Player and Blu-ray Disc Player are scheduled to launch from early summer 2012, starting with North America and Europe and plan to expand into other countries and regions.

“We were the industry’s first to launch ‘Google TV’ platform products in 2010. By leveraging our Sony Internet TV know-how, we will offer new products with enhanced user experiences to more customers,” added Masashi Imamura, senior vice president, corporate executive, and president of Home Entertainment Business Group, Sony Corporation. “Furthermore, we will create new value in home entertainment by strengthening the compatibility with BRAVIA TV as well as mobile devices.”

"We're excited about our strong partnership with Sony on Google TV. Consumers have reacted very positively to the Google TV software update of last October, and we are looking forward to bringing new devices of different form factors to consumers in multiple countries in 2012." - attributed to Mario Queiroz, VP Product Management, Google TV.

With “Google TV” users can seamlessly watch TV broadcast*1, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet. The fast search engine aggregates search results from TV programming and internet content such as YouTube™ and collectively displays the results for easy viewing. In addition websites or apps can simultaneously be displayed on the same screen along with TV broadcast. Moreover, customers can enjoy over thousands of apps for games, music, sports, news and more on Android™ Market including about 150 apps designed and optimized for TV with the latest version.

Intuitive operation with newly-developed remote
The new remote is equipped with a touch pad for easy operation on one side, and full keyboard with backlight on the other side for high visibility. In addition, it has a microphone for voice search*2, and game compliant 3 axis motion sensor for easy and intuitive operation. Furthermore, it can operate the connected TV, set top box or amplifier as a universal remote control*4.

Sony’s mobile apps enhance cross-device connectivity
Mobile apps on mobile Android™ devices starting with Sony Tablet and “Xperia™” as well as others including “iPad” and “iPhone” allow for enhanced cross-device connectivity. “Media Remote” enables customers to “throw” the website on their mobile device to their TV, or send the website displayed on their TV to their mobile device. In addition, “TrackID” *5 quickly searches and identifies music related information heard on TV broadcasts, streaming video and packaged media.

Enhanced cross-device connectivity with LCD BRAVIA TV
By clicking the “Google TV” icon on the home menu of the compatible 2012 BRAVIA*6, users can seamlessly display Android™ Market or apps. In addition, basic operation of the Network Media Player and Blu-ray Disc Player powered by Google TV are possible with the BRAVIA remote control.