“Google TV might be in a bit of a pickle if a Best Buy and Sony sale is any indication,” Matt Burns reports for TechCrunch. “The platform launched a few weeks ago with the Logitech Revue and Sony Internet TV. Both are loaded with the same system and so both are suffering the fate of Big Media’s blockade.”
MacDailyNews Take: Even if it had content, Google TV is poorly-conceived and just far too complex for the vast majority of consumers.
Burns reports, “[Sony's] $400 Blu-ray Google TV mash-up dropped in the middle of October with a $399 MSRP. Traditionally Sony employs a pricing strategy similar to Apple’s in that they price it right the first time and significant price drops only happen when a successor is ready. It’s strange then to see the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player’s price already cut by a whopping $100 bringing it down to $299. This doesn’t smell like a Black Friday sort of deal, either. No, the price cut is everywhere from Best Buy to even the unit’s product page.”
“Price cuts never speak well to a product’s success and so Google TV may be in some serious trouble here. I already stated along with most every other reviewer that the feature set is half-baked, the units are overpriced, and now this lower price seems to say that consumers aren’t biting even though there’s a commercial for the Sony units nearly every 20 minutes during prime time TV,” Burns reports. “Sigh. If Google can’t disrupt big media, who can?”
MacDailyNews Take: Apple Inc. They’ve done it before and they can do it again. Let’s see what happens when, not if, Apple TV unit sales hit the point where “Big Media” can no longer ignore Apple’s elegant solution.
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[Attribution: The Business Insider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]