Originally Posted by bartfat
To be honest, I don't see much point in Google TV. Sure, people watch Youtube and Hulu, but the problem is that Hulu would probably block Google TV from watching its shows, because that would make it too easy for people to drop cable.
So, watching stuff on the web and watching cable is something that's already been done and solved on your TV.
How has watching web content on your TV been done and solved? Certainly not the AppleTV with it's sole access to web content being YouTube.
Making it a centralized experience where you have to have Google spy on your TV watching habits and possibly offer adverts in the future doesn't sound too appealing to me.
As opposed to Apple spying on you instead via iTunes and iAd? Same problem, different source.
Besides, how hard is it to switch sources on your TV? Two clicks on the remote and you're there.
You're where? AppleTV and it's extremely limited functionality? All it does is provide access to iTunes content and YouTube videos. All things Google TV will do and more.
Personally, I believe Apple TV is an extension of iTunes onto the TV.
Which makes it a really expensive one trick pony.
The problem is, why have Google TV if you could watch the same content already? Are you really willing to spend $300-500 for a device that makes you type in stuff to get to the content you want? I don't think Apple TV has to worry, Google TV will implode, as few people will buy something that seems rather built in search of a problem.
How can you get it on your TV already? With an expensive HTPC? The GTV demo video shows it having a lot more sources than AppleTV. And if you're going by sales, ATV sales haven't exactly set the world on fire. Is that considered imploding as well? How is ATV not something "in search of a problem"? If you have a lot of iTunes content, chances are you have an iPod and the most cost effective way to watch that content on a TV is via a much cheaper A/V cable rather than ATV.
EDIT: Other people commented that Amazon and Netflix would be possible contenders as well for content. What's to stop the content providers from saying Netflix and Amazon can't stream to Google TV or Apple TV unless they have a deal? And such a deal would be unprecedented, because that would eat into cable subscriptions.
Because if you look at the number of devices those services are on, it seems pretty clear that studios don't have control over what devices they go onto. It was probably part of the original contract. The only reason Netflix isn't natively on the PS3 and Wii is because Microsoft paid for it not to be.