Google TV Said to be Announced for the UK, Lands Within Six Months


It seems Google’s finally ready to get over this Google TV hump as Eric Schmidt is rumored to be announcing the service (and hopefully some hardware partners) for a UK launch within six months. Google TV’s launch here in the US hasn’t exactly been an easy one for Google.

It looked promising from the start, but a lack of support from television networks and applications (namely ones from the Android market) seemed to keep consumers at bay when considering units at retail. With Honeycomb/Ice Cream Sandwich coming, it should appeal to a lot more people one they see all the great things they’re enabled to do.

Internet TVs are great, and with the flexibility Google TV provides for OEMs, there’s a lot of excitement for it. Instead of an OEM having to deliver and maintain their own apps, Google TV provides a pool of developer-created apps and content, meaning the possibilities for OEMs’ users are almost endless. That’s an important factor when it comes down to marketing.

It seems Google’s happy with where Google TV is going and will be making a very big push, and that will especially be evident if a forthcoming announcement is indeed set to go down. Any of you UK folks jumping in once Google brings Google TV to your shores? [Daily Mail via EuroDroid]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Is it just me that still doesn’t really get what Google TV is meant to be? The most important thing it apparently isn’t is a DVR. If I can’t record anything on it that means it’s an additional box under my tv so really needs to be providing a service I want, like I say I still haven’t worked out what that service is, so I guess I don’t need/want one.

    1. I’m the same, I’m not actualy sure what it does! My understanding is you can watch a TV through a set top box connected to the internet? So it would pull BBC, ITV and so on altogethe rin one place? This would be ideal in my study as I don’t have sky or a tv point in the study so plugging it to my internet and turning my tv into a well tv would be great!

      Am I on the right lines?

      1. the idea is you search for any programme you like and you’ll find it, however, BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5 are already making a similar service

  2. I think it depends what the hardware is. If you can get this built in to a satellite/dvr receiver then it could take off but as an extra set top box I think it’ll be one box to many for the vast majority of homes

  3. Any word about Australia?

  4. I don’t like the additonal box under the TV, so if I go Google TV, it will be built into my television most likely

  5. For me this would ideally be a Freeview+ HD PVR set up. I’m toying with the idea of quitting Sky as I currently pay around £60 a month for it and only watch the occasional Premier League game so the cost doesn’t really justify the outlay. So, a Freeview+ HD PVR with built in GoogleTV services would certainly make my switch a lot easier.

    1. I’m waiting for UKTV to join Freesat, then I’m getting Freesat+ with Google TV

  6. A DVB-S Box would be amazing with Google TV!!!!

  7. I’ve just bought a top of the range Panasonic TV and I’ll be sticking with this TV for a while! so, a set top box with Google TV would be the only option for me.

  8. people nowadays are not contended by plainly watching local tv shows. With the outburst of internet, people now wants to watch tv shows from all over the world. no wonder more and more people are into online tv to quench their tv needs. I am not spared by this change of mind. I recently subscribed to tvhook so that I can watch tv shows from thousand of channels available.

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