Earlier today, we told you that Samsung was showing off two unannounced Google TV devices here at CES. Well, they are no longer unannounced, as Sammy has issued a press release formally announcing their foray into Google TV. No real concrete information has been released, other than the fact that it will be available sometime before the end of the 1st half of this year.
Continue after the break for the press release and for our photo gallery of Samsung’s Google TV set-top box and Blu-ray players.
While Samsung has yet to give out any official word on releasing any Google TV devices, the Samsung booth on the show floor at CES is telling the world that they’re heading in that direction. Samsung is currently showing off two yet-unannounced devices running Google TV, and the company is saying that they’re “experiments” that are made to gauge feedback from their partners concerning their interest. The devices being shown off were a standalone set top box and a Blu-ray player.
Although Samsung had a press conference yesterday, they declined announcing these devices, or any other Google TV related devices. Seems Samsung is taking some serious consideration before making any type of move into the GTV market, which is understandable at this point. Hopefully, once CES is over and done, they’ll have the feedback they were looking for, and can start into the announcement and manufacturing stages.
Be sure to check out the pictures after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Details were revealed earlier today about Sony’s line of Google TV connected devices. Joining the new line of televisions will be a Blu-ray player with a price tag of $399. Joining the previously mentioned 46-inch television will be a $600 24-inch model. The new products will be available Saturday at Sony’s retail outlets, shortly followed by Best Buy.
We brought you a story last week that Logitech was rumored to begin shipping the Revue on September 29, which just so happens to be today. DigiTimes is now reporting that Logitech has in fact begun to ship the Revue to large retail chains like Best Buy, and is expected to move around 500,000 units by the end of this year. This, in combination with Sony’s Google TV powered Internet TV and Blu-ray player, puts an estimated 1 million Google TV units out into the wild this year.
With all the information swirling around about release dates, and which products are going to be available, it’s starting to look like the rumored October 17. release date is going to hold true. Furthermore, with Sony’s Internet TV being demonstrated at Best Buy’s holiday preview event yesterday, along with this new information about the Revue, it is also likely that both the Sony devices and the Logitech Revue are going to be available in Best Buy retail locations beginning October 17.
Again, no official announcement has been made by either Logitech, Sony, or Best Buy, so take this information with a grain of salt. However, the evidence is very compelling, and we will certainly be surprised if it doesn’t hold true.
We have been hearing rumors of a premium Hulu service for some time now, and have been speculating as to whether or not it would end up on Google TV. The rumors have now been put to rest, thanks to today’s announcement of “Hulu Plus.” For $10 dollars a month, customers will gain access to entire seasons of shows that are currently available in limited numbers on the free service. So far we know there will be apps for iPod and iPad (and surely iPhone as well), Samsung and Sony connected TV and Blu-ray devices, as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The inclusion of Sony, makers of the first HDTV with Google TV built in, leads us to believe that Google TV will eventually be supported as well, although no official announcement has been made at this time. We will continue to bring you more on this story as it develops, for now you can visit the official Hulu Plus page, and see a video from Hulu after the break.
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