Originally Posted by AppDev
I watched the keynote and yes it does blow the Apple TV away. There is no need to hit input on your remote to switch to another input source. It works on the same source as your tv.
Could you elaborate on that? Are you saying that the Google TV and your Cable Box will both be connected to the HDMI-1 port on the TV? Does Google TV have an integrated HDMI switcher? So the cable box connects to the google box and somehow google auto switches between input based on if you turn the google box on?
That would be pretty cool...
Google TV box off... Cable TV HDMI pass-thru the GTV box unmolested to the TV
Google TV box turned on... Google TV signal gets fed to the TV instead.
Google TV box turned back off... Cable TV snaps back!
Great idea and something Apple should have done...
I've said it before and I'll say it again.... non-tech types will not use any form of VIDEO SIGNAL SWITCHER and implementing them is going to give you nothing but upset wives, inlaws, parents, etc.
*Nontech Home Invader: "Hey I've got this black screen when I turned the TV on"
Me: "Okay someone left it on the AppleTV input... just pick up the remote and keep pressing input until the cable box channel appears"
NTHI: "Keep pressing WHAT
ME: "Okay, I'm on my way just sit tight..." (over the years I've learned to give up while I'm .. only slightly behind)
NTHI: "Gosh I never knew it could be THIS difficult to just watch some TV"
*NTHI = Parents, inlaws, wife, aunts, uncles, insert your own favorite non-tech visitor.