Canada to Get Interactive Google TV in August

9:47 AM PST 06/25/2012 by Etan Vlessing
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Canadians will be able to use their existing TV set to surf online and use apps on the screen after purchasing Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, first introduced at CES 2012.

TORONTO – Google’s interactive TV service Google TV is set to launch in Canada, via the Sony Internet Player.

Canadians will be able to purchase the Internet player from Sony Canada, allowing them to turn an existing TV set into a receiver of the online giant’s TV and app service, beginning in August 2012.

Google TV, to be introduced in the UK in July, will enable Canadians to surf the Internet on their TV set and play with apps on the screen.

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"We are proud to continue our relationship with Google and be the first manufacturer in Canada to introduce a product powered by the Google TV platform," Hideki Ito, senior director of marketing for home network products at Sony Canada, said Monday.

Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV, first introduced at CES 2012 last January, will go on sale at Canadian retailers nationwide in August 2012, priced at $199.99.

Besides the UK and Canada, the Google TV platform will also be rolled out in Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico as part of a global release strategy.

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