More google sticks – this time a google TV box in the format of a dongle from Sony. This is a different approach than the chromecast HDMI dongle from Google. It has it’s own remote control and has a full google TV environment, including text entry on the remote and pointer functionality in the UI, an app environment etc.
It can control a settop box via an RC blaster. It ingests the HDMI from the settop box, presumeably overlays it’s UI, and sends it to the TV. Cableoperators may not like this, but given the chances of any market success they will not loose any sleep over it.
Interestingly: here is the manual on the Sony website: it will answer almost any detailed question.