Internet Player with Google TV
Impressive, with some (temporary) drawbacks
As a first time Google TV owner, I have to say that overall, I'm impressed with this device. The new voice search works extremely well, and the new PrimeTime app is a breath of fresh air in discovering live content. The remote control is also refreshing to use in that in addition to using traditional remote control arrow keys, I can now use a touch track pad, backlit keyboard, or my voice to search for, and interact with new content on my device.
As for cons, the initial device set-up takes (by it's own menu’s admission) a solid 20 minutes to complete, which seems unusually long for such an advanced device. I also wish the Google Play app store had more compatible apps for the NSZ-GS8, as so many apps currently in the Google Play store are only compatible with mobile Android devices. However, at the very least, I wish for now this player would gain support for the HBO GO and Hulu Plus apps. Integration with Facebook, and especially its new Graph search tool to show Google TV users what's trending inside of their own social networks would also be a welcome addition down the road...
Also, as for the three free movies Sony offers, well you only get to choose from 15 movies: Anonymous, Battle Los Angeles, Colombiana, Friends with Benefits, Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Jack & Jill, Just Go With It, Men In Black, Men In Black 2, Moneyball, Smurfs, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- This isn’t exactly the most robust or most desirable collection to choose from. So for future Google TV customers, I hope Sony expands their offerings.
In conclusion, even with the limitations listed above, this is a very impressive device, if for no other reason than because its Google TV voice and PrimeTime user interfaces make accessible a new world of content to users that in my opinion have essentially been “locked away” behind poor user interfaces for years. This device is a true game changer that I have no doubt will only improve in the months to come.
July 10, 2013
It is going back!
My wife and I were so excited to get this player. We had a RoKu, and we were happy with it, unless we wanted to watch something that was not on our little magic box. For that we plugged in our laptop, and streamed on the 70 inch. It was apparent, since we were hooking up our laptop a lot we needed to get a device that would allow us to access the internet with out hooking and unhooking the laptop.
We walked into BestBuy, and my wife went right to the device. It looked great, the box was compact, the sales rep told us it has a QWERTY keyboard and voice control. We were excited. that and a HDMI cable and we were ready to go.
We hooked up the device, and it was really easy to hook up, but then things started to go south. The device was slow. We have Fiber Optic Cable Internet, so it is lightning fast, but the device kept spinning. The shows we were watched were harder to find. We had to sign up for PlayOn, so we could watch Hulu and not even Hulu plus (which we have a membership for). It became clear to us, after three hours of work, this was not the device for us.
It was the consensus of this family unit, we hate this device. It is going back to BestBuy and we are going back to our RoKu. My daughter did find one thing about this device (she is the optimist of the group): The remote is cool.
February 21, 2014
This this sucks! The fact that Sony refuses to update their software in this it is in Android 3.2. It should be on software 4.x I love if Sony carried from their customers then we would see updates. You can't even watch Hulu. What type of "smart/android" TV is that?
January 16, 2014
web browsing is disappointing
I've tried to open a few pages while web browsing and they ask for a newer version of Adobe Flash, I tried downloading it but it doesn't allow to install. Can't catch up with some TV Shows using the networks websites to watch last episodes.
December 23, 2013