Google TV

In Edinburgh, Scotland today Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told listeners at a television festival that Google is fully committed to continuing and expanding the Google TV project, both with new content providers as well as new hardware OEMs. 

We're absolutely committed to staying, to improving Google TV. I believe that they're [Sony and Logitech] both going to be on board and I believe there are many more coming. Wait shortly for an announcement.

Schmidt also said Friday that he expects Google TV to launch in Europe early next year, hopefully without the issues they have seen with the US televisions networks.  Google is currently in talks with UK television providers, trying to keep the current stalemate they have with NBC, CBS, and ABC regarding content from happening for viewers in the UK. 

Additionally, the questions about Motorola and their set-top box division arose, and Schmidt said that he could not talk about those plans in detail at the moment, but they had "interesting ideas" about how it could help Google TV.

It looks like the questions everyone was asking were addressed, and Google is actually going to try the "big push" with Google TV.  Bring it, I say.

Source: Reuters


Reader comments

Eric Schmidt: Google is 'absolutely committed' to Google TV, expect more partners soon


If you can't get the network TV issue straightened out, there is no way this option beats a HTPC. Records TV, HULU, Netflix, Video Library, and can be streamed& Extended to other TV's. I don't see how Google TV even slightly compares.

What does network tv compliance have to do with anything? Google tv,imo, is pretty good and can only get better. I can see how it can get better, but I do not see how having network partners on board will make it better. Although they do have hbo, cnbc and etc. I still am not sure how that makes the experience better. Can you explain?

I'll answer that question with a question... how does Google TV beat an HTPC with Windows 7 Media Center on it? You can't share any of the content on Google TV with any other device in the home. This makes it inferior to a legitimate Win7 HTPC. Streaming & Extending are key to this experience.

Nothing says "this is a successful product" like asking a media to please develop an app for Google TV during the press conference... You'd think that would be something you beg for in private..or they did, and the media company said "thanks but no" and Google wanted to pressure them in public:)

It'd be GREAT if Sony eould either re-enable multiple OS on the existing PS3 or release a new PS3 with Google Tv built in! Come on Sony....