Lead Google TV proponent Sony sees good times ahead

Sony (NYSE: SNE), the first and biggest TV set maker to go out on a limb with Google TV, is hanging in there even as the Web TV wannabe retreats from its aggressive plans to blend the Internet with TV. Sony started selling Google TV as part of its products in October and recently cut prices for holiday sales.

Sony Executive Deputy President Hiroshi Yoshioka, who heads Sony's TV business, said that despite what anyone might have heard, Google TV set sales were "in line with expectations." He didn't elaborate on what those expectations were.

He also said he expected sales to grow when more services become available for Google televisions. "It might take a little longer for users to really start having fun," he said.

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