The Consumer Electronics Show is quickly coming up next month in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2011. Among the exciting new products and technologies that have been expected to make news at the show is Google TV. Simply put, this new web-based TV product brings Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets.
The aim is to offer a product that enables consumers to watch any show or movie at any time, streamed over the Web. Google also has plans to bring its brand of search to the TV, so consumers can enter 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.
As can occur with any complex software system however, Google has recently asked TV makers to delay their introductions incorporating the technology to allow for software refinements. Google spokespeople have stated that the company’s long-term goal is to “collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next-generation TV-watching experience.”
Great strides have been made around connected / Internet TV offerings. For instance, people can pay to watch shows or movies on demand using Netflix or Amazon, as well as watch regular TV programming. However, there are still some challenges. For example, some of the major networks are not providing their shows to Google TV, and Hulu has blocked people from watching full-length shows from its site using the service.
Connected TV devices will no doubt be a hot topic of discussion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. With Google’s recent delays however the question is if this presents an opportunity for other electronics companies.
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