Sony Has New Google TV Blu-Ray, Set Top Box – CES 2012
The simplified remote control has a touchpad on the front, with the home button. On the back side, there is a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is only active when facing upwards. That way, you don’t accidentally hit a button.
“It all comes down to getting your content” Said Bill. “You’ve always had that content from your cable or satellite provider and from your disc media. But you also have that content people are looking for from Netflix or on the internet. What this does is bring all of that into one organized area. So you don’t have to switch between devices.”
Sony focuses on separate boxes because consumers already purchased a TV. It’s easier to purchase a Blu-Ray player or set top box. It also has pass-through HDMI – you can plug another HDMI device into the Sony box.
The Blu-Ray player and Networked Media player are expected to be released sometime in the late spring or early summer.