Google TV may already be doomed
Daring Fireball and MacNN are reporting that Google is telling TV manufacturers to not show their TV sets with Google TV built-in at CES. Oops.
Maybe Google is trying to smooth things over with the TV and movie studios who prevent their content from being streamed to Google TV. Or maybe Google is finally learning that hardware products are vastly harder to update than online software. And that they need to get past both the alpha *and* beta development phases before releasing hardware.
Or maybe Google has finally figured out why WebTV failed. Hey Schmidt - here's hint #1: it wasn't because we didn't have HDTV back in the '90s. And hint #2: it wasn't because we didn't have high-bandwidth internet connections.
What's that, Eric? You said something about internet complexity vs. TV simplicity?
And did you say something about browsing being private and individual. And big-screen TV viewing being shared and communal?
Getting red hot...
Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board. Let me know what you come up with for CES 2012.
- 12-20-2010, 12:02 AM #2
- 12-20-2010, 12:31 AM #3
I have to say Google is on the right track, but of course needs a lot of work. With Apple they went on the second generation of Apple TV all wrong. Rent TV shows? Why? If we just want to watch a episode of Fringe once, we could easy watch it on fox.com for FREE. Streaming? Its nice, but all your really doing is streaming your SD or 720p HD content over the air. Not as nice as getting 1080p quality for that 1080p TV of yours.
At least Apple did one thing right. and thats have HDMI. Two years ago I remember jobs saying "HDMI is dead, mini display port is the future" Ok, maybe not those EXACT words, but close enough. Hey jobs, guess what? Its 2010 and HDMI is still the standard.
Yet he refuses to put them on the macs. Go figure.
iTunes shouldn't be making money, if you can get content for free, but magically it is. And you know why? Because "simple" sometimes beats "free." That's all you need to know.
- 12-22-2010, 08:46 AM #6
- 12-22-2010, 09:51 AM #7
Bottom line...Google has the right idea. Just had really poor execution. I have faith they will eventually get it right...
The current Google TV devices were obviously rushed. I'd say it will be a year or so until we see some real competition from them.
- 12-22-2010, 09:19 PM #8
[QUOTE=SockRolid;1643432]iTunes shouldn't be making money, if you can get content for free, but magically it is. And you know why? Because "simple" sometimes beats "free." That's all you need to know.[/'quote]
But not everyone wants to RENT a TV show they are only going to see once. Not sure whats so hard about going to the networks website, navigating to the show page and click "watch episodes".
Speaking of your love for mini display. Name me 5 NON APPLE devices that use mini display port as the standard video connection. Make sure you include TVs and Blu-ray/DVD players as they both would need to work together over a single cable. No dongles or adapters.