Sony Google TV gets root, custom kernels

Sony’s Google TV hardware has finally succumbed to the folks over at GTVHacker, giving up root access in the process. The exploit isn’t necessarily quick and easy, but it will turn Sony TVs and Blu-ray players running Google TV 2.0 (Android 3.2) into custom kernel-running machines. Booting into a modified kernel provides users the ability expand the capabilities of Google’s internet TV platform. This includes streaming content blocked by network TV and cable providers. Instructions can be found over at GTVHacker, but they aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll need quite a few thumb drives and some knowledge of the Windows command line, and the experimental method will wipe any stored data on the device and could even brick it. In other words: process at your own risk.

[GTVHacker via GTVSource]

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  • Alek Tritt

    Hey, if you don’t need to tear the thing open it’s better than the review’s root method.

  • servo36

    yes it is less risky indeed.

  • JulianZHuang

    be careful, Sony dont like people to jailbreak their devices. 

    like PS3

  • reiththestud

    SO glad I ordered one of these on Saturday. Can’t wait for it to get here.

  • outkastz

    I did it with one thumb drive. Just format it in between. Really didn’t take long.

  • JohnEightyOne

    Will this make network streaming now possible?