Despite today’s very unexpected and grim news that Google has asked manufacturers to delay the release of any future Google TV hardware until the software can be tweaked, Sony is saying that they are committed to the platform going forward. Even with the recent setbacks, Sony is going to stand by Google and is optimistic about future updates. “It might take a little longer for users to really start having fun [with Google TVs]” said Sony’s TV business Hiroshi Yoshioka when asked about the recent bad press.
Since its US release in October, Google TV has been largely plagued by bad reviews, and with Logitech, Sony, and Google withholding sales figures, we are left wondering exactly how many units have been pushed. Obviously we have a vested interest in Google TV’s success, but I also remain optimistic about the platform and we will continue to bring you the latest and greatest in Google TV news.
YouTube and Google TV have announced a pretty sweet contest which can earn you one of one hundred free 46″ Sony Internet TVs that will be given away on January 20, 2011. All you have to do is submit a video explaining why you’re excited about watching YouTube on Google TV, and you will be eligible to win! The contest is only running between now and December 22, 2010, so that gives you nine days to shoot your video and submit it.
A lot of our European readers have been eagerly waiting some kind of announcement as to when they might be able to buy Google TV in their respective country. Well, reports are coming in that Sony is planning on shipping their Google TV devices sometime in early spring of 2011. It also seems that there will be an exclusive period where Sony will have the total market until about April, when competitors will start selling their devices.
I know this isn’t the definitive date you were hoping for, but I think we’re very close to getting one, so stay tuned everyone.
No, that’s not the inside of your cousin’s computer that he took apart and put back together just for fun. That is in fact the inside of a Sony Internet TV, and what a mess! As you can see, the cabling is just absolutely horrendous, and although you never see it (unless you take it apart), it’s still a bit shocking to see. To be fair, I’ve neglected by fair share of cabling in the past, so maybe we shouldn’t judge Sony too much on this one. Or maybe we should, I’ll leave that one up to you.
A couple weeks ago, a source tipped us off that Dish Network had quietly begun selling the Logitech Revue to customers for $179. Well, Dish is no longer being quiet about it, and has formally announced the sale via a press release issued earlier today.
Dish customers who purchase a Logitech Revue get some enhanced features not accessible with other set-top boxes, including the ability to search across DVR content. The Revue is compatible with the VIP 622,722and722k HD DVR receivers. The Dish enhanced features are available on both the Logitech and Sony Google TV devices, but the discounted price of $179 is only available for the Revue and when ordered directly from Dish.
Continue after the break to read the full press release.
As it stands, there are currently two Google TV offerings to choose from: the Logitech Revue, and Sony’s Internet TV lineup which comes in the form of either an HDTV or a Blu-ray player. Both are running the same Google TV software, so you may be wondering what, if anything at all, is so different about them.
As it turns out, there are actually several differences, some related to hardware, and some related to software and the actual user experience. According to CrunchGear, Sony’s offering seems a bit more responsive, and offers a smoother interface. CrunchGear also reports that browsing the Web is much faster, and generally a more enjoyable experience than on the Revue.
We are getting ready to finally to publish our reviews of Google TV and the Logitech Revue associated hardware, beginning with a review strictly of the Revue hardware with a review of the Google TV software itself to follow. For now, though, here are a few of the reviews of Google TV from around the web:
Google TV review – Engadget
Google TV Review of Logitech Revue Box, Controller – eWeek
Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Player with Google TV review – BGR
Google TV review, part 1: setup and online – Washington Post
Google TV review, part 2: connecting to cable – Washington Post
Electronics retailer and Google TV launch partner Best Buy is upping the ante this holiday season by offering free Google TV setup to customers who buy a Sony Internet TV device. The move will see a Geek Squad Agent deliver the product to the customers home, install the device and connect any necessary equipment, and provide helpful tips and a tutorial.
Best Buy is currently selling all three Google TV devices: Logitech’s Revue, and both the Sony Internet TV and Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player. Michael Vitelli, Best Buy president of the Americas, had the following to say:
“We know that consumers are hungry for the type of connected TV experiences that Sony and Google are bringing to the table.”
It should be noted that this promotion appears to only apply to the Sony line of Google TV device, and not the Logitech Revue. After the holidays are over, the price for a Google TV installation will jump to $129.
I can honestly say the thought never occurred to me, but perhaps that’s because I only have one Google TV device to play with. The folks over at Gizmodo don’t have that problem, however, and have in fact connected one Google TV device to another.
The universe did not implode or anything, and in fact it worked as one would expect it might it would. They’ve posted a brief video clip, so hit up the source link below if you want to check this out for yourself.
11/09 – Update: Logitech Revue owners can try PlayOn
A few days ago, we brought you a story about a clever fellow who discovered how to watch Hulu content on his Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player by changing the user agent settings in the Chrome browser.
While testing out our Revue unit today, I decided to change the setting and test this out for myself. Unfortunately, I discovered that Hulu has now blocked Google TV entirely, regardless of whether or not the user agent setting is changed.
This is not entirely surprising, as Google and Hulu do not appear to be anywhere close to reaching an agreement to get Hulu working on Google TV. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. Continue reading »
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