By: MarkJ - 27 August, 2011 (6:41 AM)
google tv ukgoogle tv ukGoogle has confirmed that its Google TV service, which interfaces with your existing broadband ISP connection through special Set-Top-Boxes (STB) and similar systems in order to deliver internet content onto your television, will finally arrive in the UK during early 2012.

The service, which hasn't done so well in the USA (i.e. complaints about a lack of content and poor user interface design), will enter a market where similar IPTV solutions have found it difficult to establish themselves. Google will also face pressure from YouView (Project Canvas), a near identical UK subscription-free and broadband ISP based video-on-demand and catch-up TV service that will launch within a similar timeframe (H1-2012).

Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, said:

"Google TV is a case in point. When it launched, some in the US feared we aimed to compete with broadcasters or content creators. Actually our intent is the opposite. We seek to support the content industry by providing an open platform for the next generation of TV to evolve, the same way Android is an open platform for the next generation of mobile.

Just as smartphones sparked a whole new era of innovation for the Internet, we hope Google TV can help do the same for Television, creating more value for all. We expect Google TV to launch in Europe early next year, and of course the UK will be among the top priorities."

The fact is that, even without Google TV and YouView, there are already growing numbers of Internet Connected TV's and similar services/devices becoming available. Schmidt claims that "even if YouView meets its revised timetable of launching in 2012, you’ll still have thrown away several years when the UK could have been in the lead." Ironically Google TV is also similarly late to the party, not to mention how weak some of the country's broadband infrastructure is. YouView has at least got some major backing behind it from broadcasters.

A new report from analyst firm Digital TV Research (DTVR) recently suggested that the UK pay IPTV market would reach less than 1 million homes by 2016 (i.e. pretty poor considering that BT has 600k today).
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Comments: 12

asa logoBob2002
Posted: 27 August, 2011 - 8:39 PM
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The journalists I've heard talk about Google TV in the US really weren't very impressed with the hardware, but they also have other Internet TV alternatives. baffled
asa logoEssex Guy
Posted: 27 August, 2011 - 11:20 PM
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I've had a Samsung LED internet@tv for 9 months and feel let down by the lack of a browser.

It's got loads of film rental and games apps, but the only useful one is BBC iPlayer.

I'm looking forward to Google TV or any other box with a fully functional browser.
asa logoBTSUCKS
Posted: 29 August, 2011 - 1:08 AM
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My sammy smart TV has a web browser app built into it, cant remember if it came installed or i downloaded it though, but it is a full web browser, obviously not as good as PC stuff like Opera, Firefox etc, but does the job fine, can browse this site, search in google etc etc. no problems.

I think it depends what model you have, previous gen just had the basic Smart interface without downloadable apps.

Either way google TV doesnt look too bad, its still a way off but certainly looks better at doing the job of a combo net/tv device than youview and things we currently have. Probably wont offer anything revolutionary enough for me personally, its about a year too late, if we got it when the USA did id had considered it.
asa logoMarkJ
Posted: 29 August, 2011 - 8:06 AM
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Same, Samsung with internet connectivity. But they do make the web browsing really tedious to find. I often have to check the manual just to recall where they put it :) . In any case it's hard to type web addresses on a remote.
asa logoHermes
Posted: 29 August, 2011 - 12:54 PM
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Your quote above flags Schmidt as Google's CEO - he's not. Larry Page is Google's chief executive, Schmidt is just their executive chairman now having stood down as CEO in January (http://www.thehermesproject.com/2011/01/google-head-honcho-steps-down-replaced.html).

Just thought I'd point out - hope it helps.


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asa logoCarl Anthony
Posted: 29 August, 2011 - 5:40 PM
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I would think internet tv is the way forward giving more diverse choice,and the opportunity for home made programmes.I only hope the broadband is fast enough otherwise you will just keep getting buffering. Finally I hope we don't keep getting more of the same repeats and rubbish we get on cable and satelite tv.Can't believe TV content and access was being denied to Google and a format type war has begun like the old vhs /beta dispute.Why does progress have to be so complicated.
asa logoFred
Posted: 29 August, 2011 - 5:56 PM
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Meaningless. Until Google negotiates content rights with all sources, it will just launch another failed product that no one will use.
asa logoBTSUCKS
Posted: 30 August, 2011 - 11:51 PM
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Who should google and other device makers be getting content rights from Fred?
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