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Is Google TV Doomed? Not Necessarily

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Is Google TV Doomed? Not Necessarily - TheStreet (click for full article & video)

    "NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When at first you don't succeed, you most often fail again. The rule of failure begetting more failure is neither scientific nor ironclad, but with exceptions -- like Apple's(AAPL_) triumphant move back into tablets -- it tends to hold more often than not.


    Enter Google TV. Reports abound that Google(GOOG_) is going right back at Google TV in a (repeated) attempt to establish a beachhead in your living room, maiming or fatally wounding satellite and cable companies like Cablevision(CVC_), Time Warner(TWX_) and Dish Network(DISH_) in the process.


    But to hear CNBC talk about it, you wouldn't know that Google has failed before and recently: in 2010. Said CNBC, full of unbridled promise: "Google has Google TV. They've made deals with most the major TV companies to imbed their software so the way you search for content, you navigate, you look for what to watch and even how you access YouTube on television set is going to be through their technology. They see that people are watching and they want to control that."


    In this case, failed history does not condemn their current efforts. Not by any means. But it does help inform a trader trying to weigh if this thing is a sure shot or not. ZDNet -- like many others -- gives us nuts and bolts facts about the coming Google TV, but no mention of the cautionary tale that is history.


    The New York Times(NYT_), to its credit, gets at the once-again nature of this move right from their headline: "Google Tries Again with Google TV."


    Remember: we are not always doomed to repeat history. But "doom" happens more often than not. That's why you need to factor in history, even when the media turns its back. "
     
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  2. jmroszczak

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    here is the ny times article Google Tries Again With Google TV - NYTimes.com

    Google, once again, is making a push into the living room.
    It is a destination the search giant tried - and failed - to reach when it first brought out its Web-enabled Google TVs in 2010. The goal all along has been to bring Google's search and YouTube services to Internet-enabled television so it could capture a share of spending on TV advertising, which still commands the biggest portion of ad budgets.
    But Google TV never lived up to its hype. Reviewers called it "chaotic," major television networks blocked their online content from streaming to Google TVs and consumers complained the system was too slow and flaky to justify the price tag. Less than a year after its debut, Logitech, one of Google's initial manufacturing partners, abandoned the effort, called the partnership a "mistake" and said it cost Logitech $100 million in operating profit.
    But with Apple widely expected to bring out its own full-fledged Apple TV - one blog reported that a prototype has been floating around - Google is not giving up. It is determined to replicate the success of its Android operating software for smartphones on television screens.
    This time Google has partnered with the set-top manufacturers LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio. It announced those partnerships at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but consumers were not told when they would become available or how much they would cost.
    LG confirmed on Monday that it would ship two Web-enabled Google TVs, a 47-inch screen (47G2) and a 55-inch screen (55G2), to the United States and that the models would go on sale later this month. The TVs will cost $1,699 and $2,299, respectively.
    John Taylor, a vice president at LG Electronics USA, said LG was unfazed by the failure of first-generation Google TV sets. "We think the next generation of Google television is the marriage of improvements from Google and enhancements from LG," he said in an interview on Monday.
    LG said the TVs would run faster than first generations of Google TV because of a new dual-core processor that improves loading speeds. Another improvement is LG's so-called Magic Remote. First-generation Google TVs were controlled by a clunky keyboard. Now consumers will be able to control their set-top boxes with gestures and voice-enabled search. Users can swoop the remote to change channels, the volume or play games. To search for content, they can tell the remote what shows they are looking for and search for things like "Clint Eastwood films."
    Google said it upgraded its TV software in October to simplify the user experience, enable more content and improve search capabilities. It says it aims to give television watchers "the guide of the future," an effort to allow consumers to search for television content - whether it be shows, movies, live concerts or Internet videos - regardless of whether that content comes from Netflix, live television or YouTube. Google TV will also harness consumer viewing histories to make content recommendations.
    In the future, Google hopes to use the TV sets to beef up the audience for its Google Plus social network. Google Plus will be integrated into future iterations of Google TV so viewers can recommend content to friends and do Google "Hangouts" - Google's group video chat service - with their friends via television.
     
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    How about deploying ICS in half time it took to get Honeycomb out there, say next month? It would show that Google has learned a lesson from the past. Roll out the new devices with ICS installed and show some love for the S1 owners by rolling out a simultaneous upgrade. Personally, that's what it will take for me to know that Google is serious about the platform. Delaying the rollout to Nov. shows the still have their head up their backside.
     
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    It has to be stable and work properly and that isn't going to happen by next month.
     
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    And you know that how?
     

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