Oct 21, 2010 at 1:15am ET by Danny Sullivan @searchengineland.com Google TV has finally arrived, not just for pre-order but as an actual device you can get in a retail store. And so I did, hitting Best Buy yesterday and walking out with a Sony Blu-ray player that is Google TV-capable. Here are my impressions, after my first day - well, first evening - with Google TV. What Google TV Devices Are Out There? If you're interested in Google TV right now, or in the very near future, you have one of three options: Sony Internet TV (24" through 46" and $600 to $1,400) Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Player (a set-top box, not an actual TV, $400) Logitech Revue set-top box (a set-top box, $300) The Sonys can be ordered online or are being sold through Best Buy. The Logitech Revue is still only available for pre-order. At some point in the future, you should also be able to order Dish TV with a Google TV-powered DVR. But that's not even pre-order option, right now. In short, if you absolutely must have Google TV today, check a local Best Buy and see if there's a Sony device in stock. Since I already have a perfectly good TV, there was no reason for me to buy a Sony Internet TV itself. Instead, a set-top box that could work with my existing TV (coincidentally, it's a Sony) was all I needed. My local Best Buy had about 10 of the Sony Blu-ray players in stock, so I picked one up. Had the Logitech been in stock, I'd have gone that route. I still plan to try the Logitech in the future. Yes, it is confusing to have Sony call its Google TV device both a "Blu-ray" player and a "Sony Internet TV." It's not actually a TV. It is a Blu-ray player, but it's also a Google TV device. Surely Sony could have come up with a more descriptive name. The Setup: Hardware In the box, you get the Blu-ray player itself - a box only slightly bigger than a typical Blu-ray machine. You get an absolutely horrid remote control that I'll explore more further into this article. There's a power adapter, a set of IR blasters and a short HDMI cable (about a foot long, I'd say, but I didn't measure it). The HDMI cable is a nice inclusion, and there's probably no need to buy an additional one for the absurd prices Best Buy will try to push on you (seriously, do a search - you can get perfectly good HDMI cables out there for around $8). You'd only need to buy a longer cable if your TV is going to be much further than a foot away from your Sony box. In my case, I have a Direct TV tuner/DVR. I have a long HDMI cable that runs from my Direct TV box and up to my TV. With this new Sony player, following the instructions, I unplugged the cable running from my DVR to my TV and instead inserted it into the "out" HDMI port on the Sony. Then using the new short HDMI cable I was given, I ran that from my DVR's out port to the Sony's in port: Next, about the IR blasters. For those not familiar with them, they allow a television accessory to change channels on your TV or DVR as if it was using a remote control. That's all your remote control does - blasts an IR (infrared) signal to a receiver on your TV or DVR. Effectively, this is how the Sony Blu-ray player "talks" to your other equipment (and that equipment, by the way, can't talk back). I've dealt with IR blasters in the past, and it hasn't been pretty. I had a TiVo years ago that used IR blasters to talk to my Sky TV DVR in the UK. It was a sluggish mess. Similarly, I had a Windows Media Player computer that used one to control a Sky TV tuner. It worked, but it was also slow. So, I groaned to see these. But I set them up near my Direct TV DVR hoping they were pointed the right way (I couldn't tell where the Direct TV's IR receiver was). After that, I put batteries in the remote, plugged in the power to the player and switched it on. Google TV time!