Sony’s Google TV-powered HDTVs to Have Direct Integration with Select TV Providers


Sony Insider today is leaking the prices [UPDATED PRICING – 10/10/10] of Sony’s upcoming line of Google TV-powered HDTVs. However, the juiciest tidbit of information in the story is that the TVs will have “direct integration with select service providers.” This is HUGE! What this would mean then is that these TV sets could possibly work with a TV provider’s CableCARD for seamless Google TV-to-TV service integration (hopefully with two-way communication) — unlike the Logitech Revue set-top that works in conjunction with DISH Network’s satellite TV / DVR set-top box. If this turns out to be true, I say: Steve Jobs, eat your heart out. This is pretty much what Steve was saying earlier this Summer he wished he could do with Apple TV. Now I’m wondering: Will the TVs have the ability to also function as a DVR when an external USB storage drive is attached? Would be cool.

Further thoughts: “direct integration with select service providers” could also mean that these TVs will work with other select TV providers’ set-top boxes, similarly to DISH Network’s, via an IR Blaster, but I hope not. The most elegant solution would be a Google TV-powered HDTV with built-in CableCARD support. Just saying….

UPDATE: Sony’s Internet TV line has officially been unveiled. Unfortunately, there’s no CableCARD support with this introductory line. Works with DISH Networks’ satellite TV / DVR service.




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6 Reactions to “Sony’s Google TV-powered HDTVs to Have Direct Integration with Select TV Providers”


  1. That is some jump you are making there. I interpret “direct integration with select service providers.” as the TVs ability to integrate with Dish Network via IP. Even if I’m wrong and it does have something to do with cable, it is still a big jump to assume this means some sort of two-way CableCARD support.

    • I like the CableCARD idea, but if “direct integration with select service providers” means that Sony's TVs will integrate via IR blaster with a TV providers set-top box, other than DISH Network's, I'm OK with that too (at least for now). Ideally, a Google TV-powered HDTV with CableCARD support would be the best solution for both providers and customers.

  2. MCEINTEGRATOR says:

    Available in your living room spring of 2020. Microsoft will have Dish and DirectTV in 2007……….wait

  3. Anonymous says:

    The wait is over! Google TV is at DISH Network to stay. I work at DISH and I had the opportunity to play around with it before it was released and I have no complaints about it. The set up was flawless and the functions worked even better. I highly recommend that DISH subscribers check it out. Trust me it’s well worth every penny!

    If you need more information, then please visit http://www.dishnetwork.com/googletv

    *Danielle

  4. Anonymous says:

    The wait is over! Google TV is at DISH Network to stay. I work at DISH and I had the opportunity to play around with it before it was released and I have no complaints about it. The set up was flawless and the functions worked even better. I highly recommend that DISH subscribers check it out. Trust me it’s well worth every penny!

    If you need more information, then please visit http://www.dishnetwork.com/googletv

    *Danielle

  5. Anonymous says:

    The wait is over! Google TV is at DISH Network to stay. I work at DISH and I had the opportunity to play around with it before it was released and I have no complaints about it. The set up was flawless and the functions worked even better. I highly recommend that DISH subscribers check it out. Trust me it’s well worth every penny!

    If you need more information, then please visit http://www.dishnetwork.com/googletv

    *Danielle