What Do You Think of Google TV?

There's a slick new Google TV site live today, and it does an excellent job of highlighting what's new and different about gTV when compared to other connected set-top boxes. The fact that Google TV needs a guided tour, however, is indicative of the kind of uphill battle Google is faced with when trying to turn the so-called "idiot box" into something decidedly more intelligent. Here's their new video spotlighting apps on TV:

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This begs the larger question, however, which is: do you want your TV to stay as it is, or do you want it to become basically another computer in the home?

I can only assume that most people will respond with the second option, but I'm curious what people think about it. Because in one corner you have the new Apple TV, which I see as Apple basically throwing in the towel when it comes to making anything more advanced than a streaming box (though the video version of AirPlay, still "coming soon," is a sort of a stealth killer app). And in the other corner you have Google TV, which is going whole hog with apps, cable box integration, and a full web browser.

In fact, the new Google TV site goes out of its way to differentiate itself from Apple TV; the site itself runs on Flash, which is famously unavailable on any iOS device. On the developer's page the tagline reads, "The last screen has been liberated. Anyone can develop content for Google TV's open platform through made-for-TV websites, and, starting in 2011, Google TV apps." And because Google TV will have a full web broswer, there's a whole page live for how to optimize sites (and video) for gTV. Google certainly seems excited:

Regardless, I can't help but think it's going to be a challenge to pull off exactly what others have failed at (Microsoft with WebTV, and to a certain extent, Apple with Apple TV). While I'm still excited about the possibilities, I'm curious to know what others think about it. So please take the poll above and let me know any thoughts you have on Google TV.

[via AppleInsider]

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If I needed a new TV, I'd get one the day it came out. Instead, I'm wondering what other boxes will come out than the Logitech.

October 6, 2010 at 1:24PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I was was excited about Google TV, and anxiously awaiting the details of the Logitech Revue, but I'm sorely disappointed at the $300 price (just announced). That's just... insane. My money is going to go to one of these, in this order of likelihood:

1. Roku: $60-$100
2. Boxee box: $200 (still waiting for more details though)
3. Home Theater PC: Under $300 if I pick the parts right.

In other words, no Apple TV or Google TV for me, not in the foreseeable future anyway. Google TV (in the form of Logitech Revue - we will see if others release cheaper Google TV boxes) is way too expensive, and Apple TV is way too limited.

In the end, Roku is the most likely to get my money. Go Roku!

October 6, 2010 at 1:43PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I think that looks pretty awesome. I'm already sitting in front of the TV with my laptop all the time. Now I can just use the TV.

October 6, 2010 at 1:55PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Chad Hugghins

I voted for the "I don't want newfangleds aps on my TV", but only because THAT IS NOT ENOUGH

I want to do on my TV anything a PC does

actually, I've been doing it for two years now, thanks to a not-small-but-really-silent full-blown PC and a logitech wireless mediaboard (best wireless keyboard ever, as it comes with a very decent touchpad, and at a definitely reasonable price)

anything less won't do

October 7, 2010 at 12:59AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Uh, my Blu-Ray player already does all this, minus the picture in picture junk (didn't they get rid of that on tv's in the 90's). $300 for the box is stupid, I'd build a media center PC for that...and it would also play Blu-ray. Amazon movie is awesome, I've used it on my player, but at $5 a movie, it can't beat the $15 for 8 or more a month on blu-ray from netflicks. Google, I wanted so bad to like this since Apple Tv is only $100 now. You can't let that little twerp Jobs trump you. Add something to make this worth it...like free cable (^o^)

October 8, 2010 at 12:48PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM