Google TV not that great?
I have already lamented the fact that major TV networks have gelded Google TV before it was even on the market well. The blocking of network program streaming and Hulu makes the Google TV a non-factor in my book. I wanted that programming specifically and it will take a lot to convince me that Google TV is worth the time/effort/money until that programming comes back.
Google TV and I may not see eye to eye, but I am not the only geek that thinks there is something wrong with Google TV. Major reviewers David Pogue and Walter Mossberg have both posted up their takes on Google TV. As many reviews as I do I am but a Padawan to the review masters that these two guys are. Reviewers of their caliber can single handedly make a break a product. Both Pogue and Mossberg found reason to suggest folks stay away from Google TV for the time being.
The first problem is that Google TV is not the only game in town when it comes to streaming video. We already have hoards of Hulu capable boxes, IP TVs and web connected Blu-ray players. I can even stream much of the same content right over my Xbox and PS3.
Pogue reckons that tech geeks are the folks that will be interested in Google TV and goes as far as to say that Google TV is not appropriate for the average consumer right now. The main issue for Pogue is that the interface is very complex. I can’t say one way or the other since I haven't been able to get my hands on one to try for myself.
Mossberg feels much the same way about Google TV. He says Google TV is a geek product, not for mainstream users. Mossberg says the set up took about 40 minutes and if you use certain cable or satellite boxes things will take even longer to set up. He also found the search and viewing process frustrating. it sounds like even geeks might want to wait a while before jumping in. Perhaps Google can hammer out the issues with the interface. The big problem for me will continue to be that the content I want most is blocked.