Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM
"Offering unprecedented content aggregation via a consumer oriented federated search experience, the Google TV (GTV) platform is a fascinating product with incredible promise. Subsequent to its launch amidst high expectations, users have slowly come to terms with the capabilities of the software as well as the underlying hardware platform. Without doubt, the Logitech Revue was the flagship product for Google TV at launch. However, many of its users are finding it hard to justify a dedicated device for just the functionality provided by Google TV. A detailed review of the Revue will follow in the coming weeks. However, the unanimous opinion amongst the editors at AnandTech is that Google TV could only be justified as a bundled value add-on for already existing CE devices in a HT setup. Consumers would probably be willing to pay for Google TV on devices such as TVs, Blu-Ray players, media streamers, STBs or even AV receivers."
This was an expected move and one I am not surprised to see Sony do. Having dedicated devices purely for one function is no longer what consumers seem to want, and integrating this with a blu-ray player is the right move I believe. The review by AnAndtech is fairly comprehensive and does hgihlight the good and bad points of Google TV well. It's certainly not the cheapest blu-ray player out there and you would have to decide if having Google TV is worth the extra premium.