Google TV Faces Delays

Google TV

Now maybe it’s just because I write about television shows and entertainment in general, but infinite possibilities danced in my head the first time I heard about Google TV. I pictured being able to watch nearly anything from my laptop on my TV set, making my job a breeze.

According to The New York Times though, it looks like I’m going to have to wait a little longer for that to happen. Google has asked many TV makers (including, Toshiba, LG Electonics and Sharp) to hold off on presenting their versions of the new system – originally set to debut at next month’s Consumer Electronic’s Show in Las Vegas. Samsung now appears set to be the only new entrant to the Google TV market at the show. Vizio will also demonstrate its take on a Google TV, but will do so in private demonstrations off the show floor.

The request caught some of the TV makers off guard and illustrates the trouble that Google has faced while trying to expand into the new and unforgiving territory of consumer electronics, looking to garner interest in a Web-based TV product that consumers will be vying for.

Google is not unknown for putting out new products only to revise them on the fly later. But timing is everything when it comes to electronics and most companies look for optimum placement, for instance choosing to attract holiday shoppers or back-to-school shoppers. This year Google missed out on getting their ChromeOS Software up and running for Web-based laptops as well as its Android software for tablets in time for the holidays.

Gina Weakley, a Google spokeswoman, declined to discuss “rumors and speculation” about unannounced products.

“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.”

The Google TV products on the market are close to full-fledged computers. Being able to watch any show or any movie at any time is still a long way away, but with Google TV we’ll be able to do things like watch shows or movies on demand using Netflix or Amazon and, frankly, that’s the part that I’m looking forward to the most. Other features they’re looking to offer, like watching Youtube videos or seeing photos on a bigger screen, are not nearly as important to me, but I could see how they might be to others.

Though knowing that Google promises to apply its main expertise – search – to the TV, is pretty exciting too. Instead of the current cable and DVR programming menus that us viewers search through today, Google TV will allow you to search for the name of a show and see when it’s being broadcast and where it’s available online, in addition to viewing links to Web sites about the show and its actors.

It all sounds great, but with Google TV not quite ready for prime time, it looks like we’re all going to have to wait a little bit longer.

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Michelle is a freelance writer, editor and blogger who is a self-proclaimed geek and fangirl. She has always loved tv, especially action driven dramas and sci-fi. It all started when she was a little girl with shows like Tales From The Gold Monkey and the original Battlestar Galactica. She and her friends used to act out their favorite episodes using lawn furniture and stuffed animals as props. These days she still loves action driven dramas and sci-fi, with a little bit of comedy and horror thrown in the mix as well.