Logitech Halts Google TV Revue Shipments: Report
Logitech has called for a freeze on Google TV components from Gigabyte Technology, marking the second instance where Google requested hardware delays so it can refresh the software.Logitech has told Taiwan's Gigabyte Technology to freeze shipments of the Logitech Revue companion boxes that power Google TV from December through January, according to Digitimes. The publication said Logitech made the request to allow Google to finish upgrading the Android-based Google TV software, which felt unfinished to many reviewers. Logitech declined to confirm the report for CNet when asked to verify its validity.
If true, it marks the second piece of evidence that Google is asking its Google TV hardware partners to postpone shipping new appliances so the search engine can improve the product.
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 for free. The Netflix application, for example, was just a dumb movie server, lacking the controls to let users add new titles to their instant queues, or otherwise manage their content beyond removing titles or fast-forwarding and rewinding. Google has markedly improved this app, eWEEK found in testing this past week.