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Google TV Suffers Setback 202

An anonymous reader writes "Google TV has now been around long enough for the geeks to play around with it. And they have come back with disappointing reviews. While most were excited at the concept of wedlock between the TV and Internet, the marriage itself looks destined to be challenging."
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Google TV Suffers Setback

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  • Re:Geeky devices (Score:4, Informative)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday December 21, 2010 @07:11PM (#34635556) Homepage Journal

    Except you don't need to play around with it to work. It does what Apple TV does, plays more.

    It's just not the global plug to free crap some people want.

    And Apples TV s not selling like hot cakes. They've sold a total, since inception, of 1 million units.

  • by Nyeerrmm ( 940927 ) on Tuesday December 21, 2010 @07:19PM (#34635616)

    Thats not a normal person solution. I have boxee on a home media server, used to do mythtv but I moved out of a place where I had provided cable and without cable it wasn't worth the hassle. Its certainly possible, and its great once its set up, but it requires active maintenance.

    My personal desires are for a single, low-power, easy-setup box that can:
    - Stream from Netflix
    - Stream from Hulu/Hulu Plus (to be legit it probably requires hulu plus)
    - Stream from Pandora
    - Run local/LAN-shared video and audio with good codec support
    - Extensible to help future proof it (i.e. easy to integrate some new streaming service)
    Additionally, I'm sure there are those who would appreciate some kind of DVR functionality in it as well.

    So far the Boxee Box is supposed to be that, but between the hideous hardware, and the fact that they screwed up the interface and that it doesn't work with Hulu or Netflix anymore., its just not quite there. Maybe the next iteration. The Wii with a few more apps would do a decent job too (although the resolution might annoy some).

    Sadly, its impossible to have a good, easy to use solution at this point, not due to technological challenges, (I think Google TV, Apple TV and Boxee all have a lot of potential), but because the content providers are scared to death of us not tuning in 8 eastern/7 central with everyone else. I suppose in time it will turn around, but for now its very frustrating for those of us who dont want to have to hack together 'creative' solutions.

  • by The Good Reverend ( 84440 ) <michael.michris@com> on Tuesday December 21, 2010 @08:24PM (#34636232) Journal

    I was shocked to find that, apparently because of their business model, the Roku will not play the free Hulu content, even if you buy a Hulu Plus subscription (and there is a lot on regular Hulu that is unavailable on Hulu Plus).

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Roku, and everything to do with Hulu's licensing agreements. Hulu has the rights to show their non-plus shows on the internet, but NOT on set-top boxes or via streaming (to Roku, Internet-enabled TVs, game systems, or anything else). Agree or disagree with the pay model that Hulu+ is using, but the "+" refers to the ability to watch it on your television via these devices. They can't show the non-plus material because they don't have the rights to do that.

  • by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Tuesday December 21, 2010 @08:41PM (#34636386) Homepage Journal

    We own both Apple TV and the identically priced Roku XD|S. The XD|S's far superior connectivity, huge advantage in variety and depth of content, and wider range of supported display modes over Apple TV make it a no-question win. The open source channel kit itself serves as incontrovertible evidence that the XD|S isn't intended as a port into a walled garden.

    I wish we had found the XD|S first. Would have saved us $99. Oh well. The Apple TV, meanwhile, has found use here as a more-or-less dedicated Internet radio station appliance.

    My only connection to Roku is as a happy customer. My connection to Apple is similar, just not quite as happy.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982