Anthony Rose, current CTO of Project Canvas, has a few things to say about Google TV, and they are not very nice. While speaking at Intel’s ‘Shaping the Future of TV’ conference in London, Rose spoke about Google TV being an intriguing idea, but with several fundamental flaws.
“Google has opted for an open platform [for Google TV], so they are giving you web functionality on your TV, including searching the web. While this is good, maybe Google is a bit too open for consumers.”
He also went on to discuss the idea of sitting in front of your TV with a keyboard searching for what to watch as being rather impractical. During a bit of shameless self promotion, Rose spoke about Project Canvas, which is an attempt to create an open, internet-connected television platform built on common standards. He feels the concept of ‘linear TV’ is essential to optimum TV viewing, something Google TV will not be able to provide
Another benefit of Project Canvas, according to Rose, is the lifespan of the hardware. Thanks to Intel’s new Atom chip technology, an old Project Canvas hardware box will function exactly the same as a newer model.
Project Canvas is slated for a 2011 release in the UK, with no information about additional markets at this time.
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