Sony Cuts Google TV MSRP, Is Google TV Already Failing?

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Sony Electronics has cut the price of their Sony Internet TV/Google TV Blu Ray player by $100.  While this may be a good sign to consumers on the fence about new technology, it’s definitely not a good sign to those invested in Google’s future placement in living rooms everywhere.

A quick glance at the Best Buy price on the Blu Ray player may have seemed like a holiday or Black Friday sale price however even at the official site the price has been cut by $100 which means that’s the price. The Sony Internet TV/Google TV Blu Ray player came out in late October with an MSRP of $399 so now it’s $299.  The non tech-savvy consumer can pick up a Blu Ray player for less than $100 these days so getting them to spend the extra $200 on Google TV features is a hard stretch.

Google TV came out on a mission to get the Google experience on the biggest screen in the home, the television. The vision is clear, families gather around the Goog Tube and watch their favorite programs, interact with the shows and their websites, and enjoy an email or Facebook update during commercials. Who watches commercials, much less sits through them?  No more keeping your phone in hand during an ABC family movie, nope it’s all on the Google TV.

The interaction part was one of the best parts seen at the Google TV launch party October 12th in New York City (see video below). The idea was simple, take your favorite program, like Jersey Shore, look it up in an overlay search and you would have access to the live feed, website and archived material on the network site. Wait a minute, nope, not with Jersey Shore, owned by Viacom, or anything on Fox, CBS, ABC or NBC.


Android Tech Journalist Russell Holly speculated in a piece earlier this week that Google TV would not suffer because the networks were blocking access to their websites.

Holly’s theories definitely have merits but is Sony’s price slash an indication that maybe Google’s OEM partners don’t have the patience needed to see a successful run?

Source: Tech Crunch

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  • Anonymous

    What is this, sharks at a feeding frenzy? One blog posts this and now everyone else is passing it around like it’s their own idea?

    I have a GTV and using it and my Dish account everything works as was demonstrated. Unless you’re looking for GTV to replace you cable/satellite service, which is NOT what Google built GTV to do, the experience is great.

  • Anonymous

    What is this, sharks at a feeding frenzy? One blog posts this and now everyone else is passing it around like it’s their own idea?

    I have a GTV and using it and my Dish account everything works as was demonstrated. Unless you’re looking for GTV to replace you cable/satellite service, which is NOT what Google built GTV to do, the experience is great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rokas-Venslovas/100000341272397 Rokas Venslovas

    i would like to buy it and offer to my friends. uk is waiting for google tv, its like was with android low,slow but steady growth

  • http://twitter.com/Fone_Fanatic rami_

    i agree with eliett, you will be disappointed if you expect it to replace your sat./cable service.
    i’m pretty pleased with it and see the potential once gingerbread is released. now there are a few quirks with the sony system but i think a firmware update will take care of them.
    i bought mine last weekend the day they dropped it by $100 and use it all the time. the search function alone is great, and the “what’s on” feature has made finding something to watch a breeze.

    oh, btw this post is being written with my sony blu-ray googletv system :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid without Network participation any and all net TV projects are doomed. What the networks fail to understand is that it means more money for them by way of Internet ads. And the networks need the revenue, they are loosing money to the Cable co’s

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/G8zZZT8zk5kBclwjrxmxtYIpSHUwDQ--#b9417 sim_value

    This blogpost = not so much win, considering that three other great players will be JOINING the Google TV biz in February :)

    Maybe sony wants to be more competitive against the Revue…

  • Mrwirez

    No content… Whats the use. Until the networks are onboard, no dce.

    • http://www.androidspin.com Simon N. Walker

      There are still many benefits from using a Google TV product. I’ll be doing a continuing series of articles on what you can do with the existing software and it will just get better as Market access comes out early next year.

  • Anonymous

    Sony just cut the price of their $180 Blu-Ray player to $99. Does that mean that Blu-Ray is about to fail?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tompaynter Tom Paynter

    it’s a sale…expires the 29th. the sony website says it. check your sources. geez

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that Google TV will fail. I love my Google TV wish it would have come out sooner! I got the as soon as I could! Working at DISH it was a must have after playing around with it and getting first hand experience before I got it was a bonus! You get to watch Live TV, Schedule recording from your search on the internet, and just browse around. The Google TV is something I have been waiting for.

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