Announced during Google's I/O conference last week, Google TV is an ambitious project by the Internet giant, who are aiming to bring the web and television closer together. Although their demonstration of the system didn't exactly go according to plan, the combination of search, web and TV was an intriguing one, but there was little talk of the hardware that would be used to bring it into our homes.
The most obvious route is via a set-top box - yes, another one - or by way of an integrated device, something which Sony have given us a sneak peak at. The company issued a press release announcing Sony Internet TV, a set which will incorporate the open-source Google TV platform.
But this wasn't all, as they talked of another product to join their Internet TV, a dual purpose machine with both Google TV and a Blu-ray player. This wasn't expanded upon any further, but we like the idea of a single box taking care of HD media playback and all the applications and services Google TV is likely to bring, without the need to upgrade our existing HDTV.
Prices were not discussed and the nearest release date Sony would commit to was 'Fall 2010' in the USA. Will they be the first to bring Blu-ray and Google TV together?