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Report: Google Delays TV Introductions at CES

20 Dec, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

Amid poor reviews and a backlash from major networks, Google has asked several hardware partners to delay introducing new Google TV-enabled products at January’s International Consumer Electronics Show, according to a report in The New York Times.

A Google spokeswoman did not say whether the report was true, but did issue a statement touting current Google TV products.

“We are very happy with the launch of Google TV with our initial partners Sony, Logitech and Intel,” the statement read. “Our long term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufactures to help drive the next generation, TV-watching experience, and we look forward to working with other partners to bring more devices to market in the coming years.”

According to unnamed sources in the article, Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp were asked to delay the introductions of new products that would have included Google TV, which aims to unite a full Web browser with home entertainment hardware. Samsung will be the only hardware company to debut new hardware with Google TV, the report said. Vizio may also show off Google TV in its hardware off the show floor.

“We will not be announcing a Toshiba TV or Blu-ray player or demonstrating the products at CES,” said Jeff Barney, VP of Toshiba’s digital products division, told the paper. “We have an understanding with Google about the future product roadmap and will bring the right product out at the right timeframe.”

The first Google TV products — Sony HDTVs and a Blu-ray Disc player, and a Logitech set-top box — were first shipped in October.

Since then, several reviews have slammed the hardware as too expensive and failing to deliver on its promise, and most major networks, including Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as Hulu, have blocked Google TV owners from accessing their content.

“Google TV feels like an incomplete jumble of good ideas only half-realized, an unoptimized box of possibility that suffers under the weight of its own ambition and seemingly rushed holiday deadline,” wrote Engadget.com’s Niley Patel. “Had Google simply focused on a few key features — lightning-fast browsing and perfect search results, for example — we’d have readily excused the missing pieces with the assumption that they'd soon arrive in an equally polished way.”

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