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    EXCLUSIVE: No Google TV For OZ - Smarthouse (click for full article)

    "EXCLUSIVE: The much acclaimed Google TV will not be launched in Australia in the short term according to several sources.

    According to executives from three Companies that will launch the new platform in the USA, the issue centres on regional coding and the supply of local content.

    At the CES Show in January LG, Samsung and Sony were tipped to launch a Google TV offering in Australia in the second half of the year.Category Marketing Manager Ryan Hodder said that his company was concentrating on a new line up of Smart TVs for 2012 and that a Google TV was not among the range that will be launched in Australia.

    Executives at Sony and Samsung also confirmed that no Google TV was planned."
     
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    Is Google TV Back On For OZ As Google Chase Big Sport Content Deals - Smarthouse (click for full article)

    "Google who some people are claiming is attempting to ink a $300 million five-year deal for the international digital rights for Australia's V8 Supercar series up against the Ten and Seven networks is believed to be keen to launch their Google TV platform in Australia 2013 despite issues over content.
    SmartHouse has also been told that the search Company has seriously considered pitching for future NRL football rights.


    V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane who has a reputation for pumping up the value of the rev head sport confirmed that he has held discussions with Google, however it is not known whether Cochrane approached Google or Google approach V8 Supercars.


    Last two month two major TV brands LG and Samsung said that they were not going to launch a Google TV platform in Australia due to a lack of content and issues with configuring the TV's to run in Australia.


    The winning of of a major sporting event such as V8 racing which would be run on its Google TV service, would be a major win for the Company who want to expand the sale of adverting wrapped around premium in demand content which in Australia is primarily sport."
     
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    Samsung Tipped To Show Google TV Next Week - Smarthouse (click for full article)

    "Samsung Australia is believed to be close to launching Google TV in Australia with the real possibility emerging that the dual-core TV will be shown next week when Samsung reveal their new range of Smart TVs.

    Two major retailers have told Smarthouse Samsung is set to reveal a Google TV offering that will include access to content not previously available in Australia. The retailers claim the new TV will go on sale in the second half of 2012.


    Initially Samsung, who failed to show their Google TV offering at the recent CES Show in Las Vegas, despite announcing they were working with Google, said that they had no intention of launching a Google TV in Australia.


    A Samsung source said today "Watch this space, next week will be an interesting week".


    A mass retailer who recently met with Samsung said "There is definitely a Google TV coming, Samsung has been talking to retailers about sizes for the device".


    A senior AV executive at LG said today "There is definitely a buzz among retailers that Samsung Australia is set to launch Google TV shortly. We have heard the rumour and so have other suppliers".


    If Samsung does launch a Google TV in Australia they will be the first Samsung subsidiary in the world to show a Samsung TV running the Google TV offering."
     
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    Interesting that it appears Samsung is going to launch a GTV soon in Australia - apparently before they launch a GTV in the USA.

    The good news is that appears likely they will indeed launch a GTV in the USA also (by the end of the year) - and the article mentioned a dual-core processor (which would be a step up from what GTV currently has).

    My only concern is how much the TV will cost. I had read that Samsung was planning to market it as a "high-end" television.
     
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    Well now the latest news out today is that Samsung has flat out denied that they will launch a GTV in Australia. Judging from the comments made by the head of Samsung's Australia TV division (about Samsung having their own line of Smart TVs - thus they have no desire to make a GTV to compete with their own brand) - I hope that they are still planning to launch a GTV in the USA. They didn't show a GTV at CES - but they did announce that they will launch a GTV television in the USA by the end of the year. Hmmm.


    Samsung Say NO to Google TV Launch - Smarthouse
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    "The head of Samsung Australia's TV division has said there "will categorically be no Google TV" launched in Australia. He even went as far as saying "why should we?"Philip Newton, Director of Audio Visual at Samsung Electronics Australia, dismissed trade rumours the Company was set to launch a Google TV at the same that they introduce their new Smart TV range on the 17th of April, one day in front of the LG Smart TV launch which is taking place at the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.


    "Why would we launch a Google TV? It only takes away from [what] Samsung is already offering with their new range of Smart TVs" said Newton.


    The move by Samsung Australia to snub a Google TV offering could be a major blow for Google as LG Australia has also said they will not launch a Google TV offering this year in Australia.


    "We did not show a Google TV at CES and we see no point in introducing another content platform when we already have an excellent platform" Newton said on choosing not to launch a similar Google TV model in Australia."
     
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