Google TV Not Ready For Prime Time
Google is basking in the glow of its successful Android smartphone pandora necklace for men platform.
The same can't be said of Google TV, the search giant's attempt to forge an Internet TV experience that opens up new worlds to the giant HD flatscreen in your den.
Over the weekend, the NYT reported that Google has asked Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp to hold back from introducing their Google TV devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The Times says that Google wants to refine its software, which has "received a lukewarm reception."
Also confusing is Google TV's home screen, which has overlapping categories. For instance, there is a Queue, for some of your favorite podcasts and sites, and a Bookmarks for others. There is an Applications menu that takes you to specially designed apps that spare you from navigating the regular Web, such as the Netflix video service or Pandora Radio. But there is also a Spotlight category that has customized, simplified websites that, to an average user, amount to the david yurman jewelry same thing. And, so far, you can only search for the names of most applications, not any content they contain.
Not only is it lacking a certain ease of use, it has also been blocked from accessing the Web content of ABC, NBC, CBS and Hulu.
While Google isn't saying what it plans to do to address Google TV's problems, Janko pandora beads cheap Roettgers at GigaOm has outlined "5 Ways to Save Google TV." Step number 1 is "simplicity." But it's step number 4, advising Google to be a "disrupter" and not an "appeaser," that will resonate with people looking for a new big screen experience:
This is a biggie. Google TV is all about enhancing your pay TV experience, and as a resultthe company has ignored cord cutters. Instead, it's tried hard to play nice with broadcasters, only to see nearlyall major networks block Google TV devices from accessing catchup episodes online.
Well, guess what: Google hasn't gotten where it is now by appeasing, but by disrupting.
And from GMail to Google Voice to Google Docs, undercutting other company's price points has always been a big part of this strategy. So why not offer TV for free? Here's what Google should do, together pandor charms with one of its hardware partners: Develop a DVR capable of recording over the air HD programming as well as accessing the web, and then offer the monthly service for free. A product like this mightput Sezmi out of business and accelerate TiVo's demise, and it would help people to understand why they need to invest $300 in a Google TV box when Apple TV goes for $99.
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