New Google TV sets and companion boxes from Toshiba, Sharp and LG will be delayed from launching at the Consumer Electronics Show upon Google's request, the Times said.
Google TV continues to take its lumps and it looks like the Internet TV
endeavor will hit a bump in the road at the Consumer Electronics Show next
is the search engine's effort to wed Web
surfing with channel surfing by putting its Chrome Web browser on TV sets and
making all TV broadcast and Web content searchable.
The effort is one of the dozen or so in the last decade, including plays by
Microsoft and Intel, to put Web browsing and applications on TVs. All have
When the Android-based service appeared on companion boxes from Logitech and
TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony in October, it immediately faced criticism
from reviewers, who found the software half-baked
and the hardware too expensive for the value.
companion box costs $300, while Sony TVs
integrated with Google TV ran from $600 to $1,400. The Blu-ray player was $400.
Google has also found its service blocked
from accessing Websites from CBS, ABC,
NBC and Fox as the networks are leery of allowing Google to serve their content
With that considerable opposition as a backdrop, the New York Times said
Google has asked Toshiba, LG Electronics, Sharp and other TV set makers to
delay introducing Google TV-based products at the 2011 CES so that the company
can improve the software.
Google has not responded to eWEEK's request for comment, but a spokesperson
declined to confirm the request for the Times
"Our long-term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of
consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next-generation
TV-watching experience, and we look forward to working with other partners to
bring more devices to market in the coming years."
added that Samsung, which has enjoyed great success selling
Android-based smartphones and its Galaxy Tab tablet, will have two new
appliances running Google TV. It is unclear whether those will be a TV and/or a
If Google is indeed concerned about improving the Google TV software, it
hasn't shown it publicly. The company Dec. 15 unveiled
a few upgrades to the product, including improvements to
Google TV's search and dual view features, its Netflix app.
Google also launched a Google TV Remote app to the Android market to let
users control the service via their Android smartphones. These changes are
slated to roll out soon.