Google TV goes international. The world sighs.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Oh, Google. How you try and try and try. It’s like the puppy dog that continuously relieves itself on a brand new carpet. Or Carly Rae Jepsen performing “Call Me Maybe” at the Great Frederick Fair in 15 years with a cigarette hanging from her lips. You know it wants to do better than it’s doing, but you just have no idea how to take it seriously.

So … Google TV, meet Canada, Britain, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil. From the Vancouver Sun 

“In the latest product that can turn your television into an Internet-enabled device, Sony’s Internet Player with Google TV will let you surf the Internet on your TV as easily as you can on your computer and it will deliver up apps from Google’s Play Store,” the paper’s Gillian Shaw blogged on Tuesday. “Sony becomes the first manufacturer to release a product in Canada powered by the Google TV platform with its new player — priced at $200 and due to arrive on store shelves in August. According to Sony’s release pre-orders start this Wednesday (June 27) although when I checked on the web site, it appears you can pre-order now.”

Oh, but that’s not all. According to both Shaw and Jane McEntegart at the website Tom’s Hardware, Sony is also planning on releasing an updated Blu-ray player with the upcoming Google TV incarnation that oh, sooooooo many powerful people at the Super G hope will do better than its previous sisters. The disc device, the NSZ-GP9, will accompany Google’s much-anticipated set-top box that Internet television types just can’t stop talking about.

What was that about all your eggs and a basket, again?

Adding to the hype: Vizio’s Co-Star. And what’s Co-Star, the disembodied voice says as it makes its triumphant return to this blog? From what else … a news release the company put online earlier today …

“Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience. With VIZIO’s new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities-via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support-and the best in streaming entertainment,” the release stated. “Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box. This allows viewers to enjoy live TV along with the web, apps, OnLive cloud gaming, and other streaming entertainment without interrupting what they’re already watching. This integrated experience along with the universal touchpad remote with keyboard eliminates the need to switch TV inputs or remotes to access alternative content and provides viewers with a truly smart TV experience.”

We now pause for the geeks to regain their composure.

All told, this is a pretty impressive outing by everyone involved. Google TV needed a perfect storm of accessory-related publicity and international intentions to remind everyone that it’s about to release a product that will ultimately be its last chance to make a positive impression on the masses. Because let’s be honest: Remember the initial details regarding the upcoming reboot of the product announced a few months ago? Yeah, neither did anyone else.

The heads at Apple might want to get on that Apple TV sooner than they planned. Google isn’t letting this all go down quietly and lest we remember how important it is to be the first great thing in a world that eventually fills up with similar knock-offs of said initial great thing (cough, iPod, cough).

The Co-Star device will be available for about a hundred bucks when it hits stores. The Google TV set-top box and the brand new Blu-ray player, meanwhile, will be on sale for 75 cents in about 10 years at a rich person’s garage sale.

We kid. We kid.


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