Google TV to expand to Europe in near future

Google is still trying to make its Google TV product. The software, which is attempting to merge Internet services inside a television or put inside a set top box launched a year ago here in the US but so far the reception has been tepid with low sales and poor reviews for the few Google TV products that have been released. Now, Reuters reports that Google is not yet done with Google TV. At a television festival in Edinburgh on Saturday, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google TV will launch in Europe sometime in early 2012.

So far only two hardware partners have put in the Google TV software in its products. One is Sony which has released TVs with Google TV built in. The other is Logitech which has created a set-top box that can allow Google TV to be used on other televisions. Schmidt said on Saturday that he expects more hardware partners to offer Google TV based products but would not give names of specific companies. He added, "We're absolutely committed to staying, to improving Google TV."

One of the problems with Google TV is that a number of TV networks here in the US have blocked access to watching their TV episodes online while using a Google TV device. Schmidt said that the company is in talks with UK TV networks to avoid those kinds of problems in that country. He said, "We certainly have talked to them about reversing their position and we certainly hope that won't happen here."

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yeah lets take a failed product and expand it to a new country.... good thinking google.

I usually like google stuff but the google TV was such a massive disappointment.... they kept promising updates and an android market and to date, we have nothing.

Yeah there's no point of it here. The US get's the benifits from all their online services and what not including Netflix. We have Lovefilm and even that's not widely used.

The only thing you could really get is iPlayer/iTVPlayer/4oD/5 Player which are available on games consoles and TVs anyway. I'm happy with a laptop and Sky+HD Box.

Even TiVo is not doing so well here as most of the country does not have cable.

And doesn't Google TV allow you to view Live TV from it, I doubt we'd allow that here unless they partner up with Sky or Virgin Media as we don't have all the services America have.

TiVo is just being introduced by Virgin Media and it has internet etc on it.
Soooo there's really no point for Google to come here.
But TV providers here are likely to be more accepting to allowing Google.

Like the Apple TV I don't see the Google TV taking off here in mainland Europe. Digital television is really picking up momentum with cable companies already offering basically the same thing. I have no idea why I would want to purchase a second piece of hardware if my digital TV box is already giving me access to shows, movies and on top of that actual tv channels.

.Neo said,
Like the Apple TV I don't see the Google TV taking off here in mainland Europe. Digital television is really picking up momentum with cable companies already offering basically the same thing. I have no idea why I would want to purchase a second piece of hardware if my digital TV box is already giving me access to shows, movies and on top of that actual tv channels.

I'd definitely rather want Google TV than what the TV providers are currently offering with their silly tv boxes.

i do not want paying rent for a card where the monthly rent likely exceeds the cost of making it, i do not want to rent a tv box that is paid off in less than a year, i'd like a tv box i can buy and maintain myself, while having access to not just one content provider but several.

I don't think the vast majority of non-tech-savvy users are looking for yet another device they have to maintain for just watching tv.

.Neo said,
I don't think the vast majority of non-tech-savvy users are looking for yet another device they have to maintain for just watching tv.

I'm not looking for yet another device, either. I'm looking for a single stand alone device that i don't have to pay for throughout its lifetime with more features and more freedom.

FISKER_Q said,

I'm not looking for yet another device, i'm looking for a single stand alone device that i don't have to pay for throughout its lifetime.

The Google TV won't give you access to television and/or radio networks. Not to mention the fact quite a few networks are actively blocking it. So in that case you're still left with a lacking experience.

.Neo said,

The Google TV won't give you access to television and/or radio networks. Not to mention the fact quite a few networks are actively blocking it. So in that case you're still left with a lacking experience.

I'm not saying there won't be problems and restrictions from day one, i'm just hoping somewhere down the line this kind of device will not be vendor locked to your TV provider who decides what you have to pay for the content.

As such i'm not actually using a TV box, so for me it will still be a single device nomatter what they want to do to try and keep Apple and Google out of the market, eventually these devices may become common and TV providers will have to allow integration or be left behind.

Likewise the device already have some features i already want which are usually not in most tv boxes, and if they are, usually very poorly integrated like the web browser, or when applicable the games you can get from the market.

FISKER_Q said,

I'm not saying there won't be problems and restrictions from day one, i'm just hoping somewhere down the line this kind of device will not be vendor locked to your TV provider who decides what you have to pay for the content.


I don't see that happening anytime soon to be honest.