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Google TV takes on the couch potato

Tuesday 23 November 2010 | 12:29 CET | Author: Tim Poulus | Market Commentary
Google TV, an operating system for connected TVs, has received negative reviews in the US since its October launch. Now Google TV, because it is a software product, is dependent on hardware partners to bring it to the market, but it has nonetheless been confronted with severe criticism. Logitech has a box on the market, while Sony has four TVs, a Blu-ray player and perhaps Google TV on PlayStation 3 soon. Motorola and Samsung have also hinted that they want to introduce hardware on the market, with Google TV as an OS. The upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (6-9 January) will

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Google / Logitech / Motorola / Samsung / Sony
Countries: World
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Another aspect of interactive TV viewing is that it may not be a 1:1 experience, that is, TV viewing is oftentimes a social activity with multiple persons sitting in front of the television. Today's interactive experience on a television usually means that one person is in control of the remote control or keyboard and making the decisions. With a PC that approach is totally suitable, but it may not transition well to a group television experience.
Frank Bulk @ 25/11/2010 - 18:19

Hello Tim, thank you for this commentary. Tim, in our view there is an assumption that the Internet can scale to television size audiences. Wired.com reports that 2% of Netflix users consume 20% of the Internet bandwidth. So doesn’t this mean that 10% of Netflix users would consume 100% of the Internet’s capacity? Also, if “edge cache” is the proposed solution to this problem, doesn’t it seem logical to assume the infrastructure required to edge cache the content will cost a fortune? Furthermore, won’t this “edge cache” solution leave the mother of all carbon foot prints behind? Worldcast has a solution for streaming that can reduce our carbon foot print while accommodating a vastly scaled television sized audience. There may be others working on this problem - that we are unaware of - but, we humbly invite you and your readers to investigate. Getting this right is critically important to a) the planet and b) the ability to scale and create a business model for Internet television. Thanks again Tim for the carefully crafted article. Ian A. Stewart Worldcast
Ian Stewart @ 24/11/2010 - 22:03


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