16
Aug
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If you've been meaning to get into the Google TV game and want to do it on the cheap, consider this your chance. The Sony Internet Player is Woot.com's deal of the day, selling for just $99.99, half off of its original retail price. As always, Woot primary sales are valid for one day or until the stock runs out. Standard shipping is just five bucks.

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Sony has released three different stand-alone Google TV units, and this one is the second: the NSZ-GS7, first sold in 2012. It's identical to the newer GS8 model with the exception of the remote, which includes a microphone for voice searches in the newer package. The NS7 is currently going for $164 and change on Amazon, with the updated GS8 and its voice remote just a little more at $168. If the voice search feature is essential for you, Sony sells an updated remote that's backwards compatible with the older model for $50.

There are those who think that Google TV is on its way out thanks to the $35 Chromecast, but there's still something to be said for the expandable nature of the platform and its access to the Google Play Store. A vastly lowered price should make the Sony Internet player more attractive to home theater junkies.

This sale is for a brand new Internet Player, not a refurbished model as is so often featured in similar deals. Faster shipping is available for those who want it, and deal hunters can purchase up to three at this price. If $100 is still too rich for your blood, you could always hold out for a Woot-Off, where remaining stock on Woot.com is sold at even higher discounts in rapid succession.

Source: Woot.com

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • hp420

    It should have been $100 to start with!!

  • garbagedick

    I have a revue and I'm hoping they put out a "nexus" gtv at somepoint. here's hopin!

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Note: This is a second generation Google TV device. Which means it's using an ARM based processor so it will support the upcoming Jelly Bean update with Chromecast features. ;)

  • Daniel A. Williams

    If I didn't have my CoStar, I'd be all over this. That said, I love my CoStar.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    My Revue is a little laggy, is this much better feature & performance wise or is it barely worth it?

    • Vibrunazo

      It's much smoother than a revue, but there are still noticeable stutter. But unlike the revue, this will be updated to jelly bean, so there's hope.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      "a little" is a huge understatement.

  • Vibrunazo

    Btw, you don't need the controller for voice search. Either get able remote for android, or chromemote for your laptop and you can use the microphone on these devices to control the TV.

  • duse

    I just bought a Co-Star recently, still testing it out, should I return it for this or are they pretty much the same?

  • Itchy_Robot

    If I thought Google was serious about Google TV I would be all over this. But lately, they have left me wondering what if they really have a long term vision for it.

  • Jake

    1) Does this unit have the Amazon Instant Video app (so I don't have to use the Chrome browser, like I do with my Logitech Revue)?

    2) Does it have IR blaster(s), like the Revue does, that will let me control the TV and A/V unit?

    • Mr E

      based on what i've seen, "yes" to both, but hopefully someone with 1st-hand experience will chime in.

    • Roger

      It comes with an IR Blaster dongle, but the unit has omni directional IR blasting built in. If you sit the box next to your TV, you don't need the dongle, it will blast fine without it. If the box is in a cabinet, then you plug in the donle and put the blaster end against the receiver on the TV.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I own one of these and, for the price, you cannot beat it. It gets OTA updates every few months, it will most likely get the upgraded Google TV based on Jelly Bean, and it's overall just a really good box. I'd recommend jumping all over this.

    • kassie

      is it like the the apple tv where you can look a tv and cable and movies

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Yes. It's basically like having Android hooked up to your TV. It has an HDMI in port for your cable box, then an HDMI out port that goes to your TV. At that point, you do everything on your TV via the Google TV box. Watching cable is just another app. You can watch cable TV, watch Google Play Movies, Amazon Prime, whatever it may be. You can stream Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. Spotify doesn't work on it though because their Android app sucks and it doesn't support Google TV.

    • duse

      Have you used a Co-Star or other ARM-based GTV boxes for comparison?

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I have.

        • duse

          Can you specify how it's better than a Co-Star?

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Well first off, the Sony box uses the stock GTV user experience whereas Vizio's is very customized. I think the stock GTV interface is far simpler, less cluttered, and generally easier to use. I also thought the GS7 was faster. Both boxes had stutter, but the GS7 seemed to have a slightly easier time switching between apps. I will say, though, that I like the Co-Star's remote better.

          • duse

            Thanks! Can you comment on start-up time at all? I read that the Sony has a quick-start mode, I don't think the Vizio has that. I've only turned the Vizio on a couple times, but I think it took a bit. Is the Sony pretty much instant if you leave it in quick-start mode?

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Yeah, the Sony box has a quick start mode, which is basically the equivalent of "sleep" mode on a laptop when you close the lid. It sleeps and wakes very fast. The Sony is the only box I've seen in its price range that has that feature.

          • duse

            Great to know, thank you.

    • Mr E

      Thanks for all the replies -- very helpful.

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