Ashlee Vance and Claire Cain Miller, reporting for the NYT:
The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google’s new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets. Although Google already has a deal with Sony for its Internet TVs, other television makers — Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp — were prepared to flaunt their versions of the systems.
But Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard.
Perhaps a version 2.0 will be the catalyst. I think the boneheadedness and anti-competitive nature of content providers will have to be overcome.
And, while the Kevin Bacon commercial is genius, it really does portray Google TV users as borderline obsessive and crazy – the opposite of cool that Apple products provide.
Meanwhile, Apple TV makes the top 10 for electronic gadgets. At Amazon, it is number 23 in all electronics. The Logitech is number 110. Does Apple even have an ad for its Apple TV? And it is still outselling the others?