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Canada: late to get Google TV (US first)

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Canadians lead in web use, lag in Internet TV

    December 30, 2010

    Country leads in availability of Internet access


    Citizens of Canada reportedly spend more time browsing the Internet than any other country, according to data released by the research firm comScore. Over two thirds of Canadians frequently take advantage of their Internet connections, averaging 42 hours each month. France and Britain share the second spot with 62 percent, while 60 percent of Germans report similar habits.



    The research suggests only 59 percent of Americans surf the Internet very often, however the same group is the most likely to view web-based television content. The discrepancy has been explained by the early establishment of Apple TV, Google TV and Netflix in the US market before arriving to the northern neighbor. It is unclear if the prevalence of broadband usage caps also serves as a deterrent to video consumption in Canada.

    Despite lagging behind in Internet TV usage, Canadians are also the most likely group to engage in social networking. Over half of the country's citizens have Facebook accounts, while Twitter is also particularly popular.




    Read more: Canadians lead in web use, lag in Internet TV | Electronista
     
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    lol, it's so cold up there not much else to do during the winter months :) I know.. I lived in Toronto for a while!
     
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    You mean the 9 Months or so of Winter ! Eh ! :rolleyes:
     
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    Google Canada head wants Canadians to beta test for the world

    December 31, 2010





    Canadian Google users have long been frustrated by having to wait until new features are implemented north of the border, and reading about cool online toys they can’t try.
    But if Chris O’Neill has his way, Canadians could eventually get first crack at some of the web leader’s exciting new innovations.


    O’Neill, who took over as Google’s country director for Canada in September, said he hears all the time from Canadians who wish they could use features like Google Voice or Google TV, which are currently only available in the U.S.


    “My vision for Canada is that we reverse that trend altogether, meaning, Canada becomes a hotbed for innovation and we actually test things here first,” O’Neill said in a recent interview.


    In terms of population and a potential user base, Canada is a much smaller market than the U.S., so we’re often overlooked when products are first rolled out. And while Canada’s web users have proved they’re incredibly engaged and eager to embrace new technologies, the Canadian business world has been slower to adapt, O’Neill said.
    “The consumer side continues to amaze me and on the business side we’re starting to see advertisers catch up ... but not at the rate that consumers are changing at, so the gap continues to grow,” he said.
    “My first observation was the opportunity in Canada is far bigger than I expected — and I expected it to be huge. I think there’s just an enormous amount of upside in terms of businesses catching up with consumers, and unleashing a little more creativity on the web.”


    O’Neill said there’s a clear difference when comparing the U.S. and Canadian business markets and how technology innovation is happening.
    “There’s a dearth of e-commerce sites here, or the depth of the quality of e-commerce is pretty shallow,” he said.
    “We’re far behind here in Canada, so I’m underwhelmed by the actual experience.”
    He said businesses can keep pace with tech savvy Canadians by helping them make the most of the technology they love to use.


    “I’d like to see retailers think more in (new) ways, rather than fearing and trying to avoid the experiences and the behaviours that consumers aren’t just experimenting with, (but) are becoming mainstream,” O’Neill said.
    He noted that giving shoppers access to free Wi-Fi would be a great selling feature to get consumers in stores, even if it does mean they could use it to check out the competition.
    “Guess what, consumers are going to do it anyways, so you might as well engender that trust and deliver to the consumers what they expect.”
    As for when Canadians might get to try Google Voice, O’Neill can’t say.
    The free service has proven to be very popular in the U.S. It assigns you a special phone number and allows you to direct calls to your different lines — home, work or cell, or they can all ring for each call — depending on who’s calling or the time of day.
    You also get your voice mails automatically transcribed and emailed to you, have access to cheap long distance, free text messaging, and different custom greetings depending on the caller.


    But for now, Canadians can only read about it, not use it.
    “The product managers are very aware there’s adequate demand” in Canada, O’Neill said.
    “I get asked this question (about availability) all the time, I just don’t have an answer.”


    Google Canada head wants Canadians to beta test for the world - thestar.com
     

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