Sony TVs have Google TV: Streaming without a media player

Sony TVs have Google TV: Streaming without a media player

Sony has announced new premium TVs that work on Google TV. This software will also control TVs of other brands and make a media player like Chromecast with Google TV unnecessary. Here’s what you need to know about Sony TVs.

Continue reading after the announcement.

Google TV on new Sony TVs

Sony announced new TVs in a variety series at CES. Formats, technical specifications and suggested retail prices vary widely. All TVs run on Google TV, Google’s new smart TV program.

Google TV is the successor to Android TV, the software installed on older TVs from Sony, Philips, and Xiaomi, among others. Google TV looks more modern, and should run smoother with more focus on watching movies and series via streaming services.

It’s helpful to know that the Google TV home screen displays personalized ads in the form of movies and series that you may find interesting. You cannot simply disable this form of advertising.

Unnecessary media player

Having Google TV on Sony TVs means you don’t need a media player to use the apps. Google TV also has Chromecast support built in, so you can stream photos directly from your smartphone to the big screen. Easy to use, because a separate media player like Chromecast with Google TV costs 75 euros.

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Sony TVs with Google TV are also suitable for voice control via the Google Assistant.

Sony is coming to Holland

New Sony TVs will also be launched in the Netherlands. Models with LCD display, OLED display, and mini LED display come in different screen sizes. Some expensive TVs are also suitable for Apple AirPlay 2. Sony will announce retail prices and release dates for the TVs soon.

Google TV on more TVs

Sony isn’t the only brand that installs Google TV software on (more expensive) TVs. TCL is already doing this in the US, and also on TVs worth a few hundred euros. Philips is also expected to install Google TV instead of Android TV on new TVs.

More and more media players with Google TV are also appearing. It was recently announced that Realme will sell its 4K TV Stick in the Netherlands.

know more? We wrote a comprehensive Chromecast review using Google TV and made a video.

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