Google TV delayed to avoid disaster

Google TV was set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, but from a recent report from the New York Times, Google has pulled its lineup of supported HDTVs to avoid a major disaster, simply because the software isn't ready for the mainstream.

CES brings hundreds of thousands of technology enthusiasts from around the world every year to Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest products, but Google has told vendors to pull their displays from this years show. After poor reviews of the Logitech Revue, Google has made a wise decision to not show an unfinished product and reveal it at a later date.

After the release of the Logitech Revue, many of the major networks including NBC, CBS, ABC and Hulu all blocked streaming content to Google TV users, rending a majority of the content on the device useless.

Television manufactures like Toshiba and Vizio will not be demonstrating their lineup of Google TV compatible devices. However, Vizio will still be holding a private, off the show floor demonstration to a small group of viewers, according to a source.

The delay of Google TV isn't a bad thing, judging by the reviews of the Logitech Revue, the software still needs a lot of work before it's absolutely ready for mainstream. This move could be to avoid a major disaster and the possibility of scarring the Google TV name before it was ever given a fighting chance.

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I think these companies with the HDTV boxes need to actually sit back and see what people want, not what they dont need.

GTV needs to support full HD, play music, browse photo's and be able to do a little surfing, and thats about it, a couple of widgets people may use once or twice, and then forget.

The average home has a network via wifi, and the files on a smb share, why not just give people want they need at a good price, not bloatware. The addition of this and that just boosts the price and makes justifying buying this pointless.
There are plenty of boxes that do what people want but for gtv to actually work is to bring a device thats competitively priced under 100$ and do what people want.

HDMI from pc to tv. sound enabled on pc thru HDMI. Bluetooth wireless keyboard and trackball. No issues what so ever and I can use whatever dang browser I want and watch whatever I want.

I wonder why Hulu decided to pull from the Google TV. You still need a subscription to see a large portion of their content and that content still has commercials, I don't see how it would effect them negatively in any way.

At what point can we discard the idea of Google as an unstoppable wonder company? Will this be enough evidence? Probably not.

smot said,
At what point can we discard the idea of Google as an unstoppable wonder company? Will this be enough evidence? Probably not.

Orkut, wave, checkout, and a myriad of other smaller Google services already proves this.

I have to wonder if anyone who call it a disaster has even tried one. I have the Logitech revue and I love it. Yes there is some bugs and some UI improvement can be done, but hardly a disaster. By the way, just got the new update yesterday, so several quirks has been fixed already.

Many networks blocked it (not all) exactly because they are scared to death that it will work.

Disasters can occur in terms of launch effectiveness, not just design. The product design could be amazing, but the launch can still go badly.

I have the sony google tv blu-ray player. The funny thing is most people state the logitech revue when they say google tv.

The sony one is still a blu-ray player if google tv flops.

Also most people underestimate the USE of HDMI IN that all google tv devices have. Just doing a quick search and not having to change sources to do it or having a laptop on my lap next to me.

I think the marketing and reviews are off on this device. Its much more usefull if you think of it as an internet device and NOT a media device.

majortom1981 said,
Also most people underestimate the USE of HDMI IN that all google tv devices have. Just doing a quick search and not having to change sources to do it or having a laptop on my lap next to me.

Unless they use it for something other than a feed-through, it is hardly a feature.

The problem with MediaRoom and Media Center both, is that nobody knows about them. In addition, they aren't pushing the envelope of internet-enabled content like Google is trying to. Having been in the space for so long, it amazes me that more and more stuff seems to pass MS by while others make up for it. There's no doubt media center is a great product, and if it was properly utilized and pushed, and integrated, people could start simply having PCs be the hub of their entertainment world as seems most logical (and I already do). But people continue to rely on Xbox and a combination of SD cards on their TV to get any multimedia, it's just sad that's the route they are going when so many better things can happen on a computer.

MS just simply isn't driving that conversation at all.

Amazing to me that MS has been in the TV space for years and not accomplished even a bit of what Google is setting out to do.

Steve Ballmer needs to find another job. He's a complete disaster for MS.

Hercules said,
Amazing to me that MS has been in the TV space for years and not accomplished even a bit of what Google is setting out to do.

Steve Ballmer needs to find another job. He's a complete disaster for MS.

You have never used Microsoft MediaRoom based STBs have you (e.g. AT&T U-Verse)?

MediaRoom is a fantastic product full of awesome features.

Hercules said,
Amazing to me that MS has been in the TV space for years and not accomplished even a bit of what Google is setting out to do.

Steve Ballmer needs to find another job. He's a complete disaster for MS.

I use Media Center with the Ceton 4-tuner for cable card - it is the best tv experience out there today.

The problem MS and others have run into is getting content. The media center system is genious, central media server/tunner, and using extenders to send the content around the home. But, if you cant watch your TV on it it becomes useless. Just recently have they fixed this at least on the cable card side (and alot of bullying cablelabs). So, as of now, its really a good experience - everytime someone sees my setup they want it.

GP007 said,
Disaster is pretty spot on, you could also call it a flop. Actually I think it'll still flop regardless.

Or they could do what Steve Jobs does and call a failure an "experiment" that they are curious about seeing. (See: Apple TV)

Trueblue711 said,

Or they could do what Steve Jobs does and call a failure an "experiment" that they are curious about seeing. (See: Apple TV)

Don't misrepresent your opinion as fact. Reports on Apple TV sales state growth not failure.

Shadrack said,
Don't misrepresent your opinion as fact. Reports on Apple TV sales state growth not failure.
He's talking historically ... Apple TV was pretty low key for a long time.

Probably a shrewd move - not to release something to the masses that isn't completely ready. I'm sure when they've finished ironing out bugs, etc it'll be another fine Google product!

i11usive said,
Probably a shrewd move - not to release something to the masses that isn't completely ready. I'm sure when they've finished ironing out bugs, etc it'll be another fine Google product!

It's pretty much a disaster... Sony already has a TV out for it and Samsung already as a google tv box you can buy... at least in the USA on the market... and they flopped, had horrible reviews, and almost every content provider out there that has good content, has blocked them