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GoogleTV Giving Networks the Jitters

by November 12, 2010
GoogleTV Giving Some Studios the Jitters

GoogleTV Giving Some Studios the Jitters

In our recent review of Logitech's Revue Google TV Box, it was apparent that a lot of people, most notably Hulu, aren't exactly excited about the prospect of bypassing set top boxes with GoogleTV. ArsTechnica has an interesting article that taps into the discussion further by looking at how Google TV is attempting to calm down studio execs and arguing that people aren't really turning off cable and satellite because of set top boxes, merely that they are adding these things to enhance their TV viewing experiences.

From Ars:

Google is trying to calm the fears of TV execs by disavowing cord-cutters. The company says it doesn't believe that cord-cutting is a real phenomenon, adding that traditional TV is still where it's at and the Google TV is largely meant for content discovery, not replacement.

Cord-cutting is simply "not happening," Google TV lead Rishi Chandra said at the NewTeeVee Live conference on Thursday. He added that the Google TV is meant to help users access the content that they already watch the traditional way, and that cable TV already does a "pretty good job of delivering content to users."

It appears to be true that cord-cutters (those who ditch their cable or satellite subscription to go broadcast- and Internet-only) tend to be a small group in the grand scheme of content consumption. A Nielsen study from 2009 said that 98.8 percent of all video is consumed on a TV, while 1.1 percent is consumed on the Internet and 0.1 percent on a mobile device (which is really just a subset of the Internet).

Our experience has been a bit two-sided. On one hand, we've seen the economy drive a lot of peple we know to put up antennas and drop cableTV in favor of Netflix and now Hulu Plus. On the other hand, our personal experience is that connecting GoogleTV (a Logitech Revue) to a DISH Network DVR yields one of the most interactive and powerful TV experiences we've yet seen.

What are your thoughts? Be sure to post in our forums and let us know.

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discokachina posts on November 17, 2010 17:23
Best Buy Has Them

jamie2112, post: 765798
I want to buy one. When can I get it????

Saw it on display in BB today!
krzywica posts on November 16, 2010 11:00
BoredSysAdmin, post: 766788
Well, speed issues aside, I can see your point re: incorrect identification of same content on multiple clients… Centralized scan and ID definitely solves this issue.

Also NOT being able to change the content from the front end is a plus for me. When other people come over and use my stuff they are much more comfortable using it when I tell them that they can't break anything, not to mention my peace of mind knowing that they are not able to modify anything. But to each his own.
BoredSysAdmin posts on November 16, 2010 10:52
krzywica, post: 766781
Even with the update frequency set to the max it still doesn't show immediately. And if I keep it powered off for several days it has a lot of content to update, which takes longer. Also it puts more load on the machine needlessly as I already have all my YAMJ batch processes running on the server. Its nice to run 1 update on the server that takes 2 minutes and every client that connects gets update content with the same cover art, movie info, ect. Where as with Boxee/XBMC there is no way to do that. If a movie gets scanned in wrong and selects the wrtong movie you have to do it for each client that is connecting to the server. This gets old very fast.

Well, speed issues aside, I can see your point re: incorrect identification of same content on multiple clients… Centralized scan and ID definitely solves this issue.
krzywica posts on November 16, 2010 10:39
BoredSysAdmin, post: 766776
Huh? You can have set Boxee scanning frequency to very frequent and it'll update on the power on. I have tons on content on remote server, connected thru vpn tunnel (hard limited by router at 5Mbps) - works fine including scanning and updating. If you updated it from older boxee build, it helped me a lot by full uninstall, wipe all old data and do a clean install. With newest Boxee builds scanning is no more problem.

PCH are ok, but without 3rd party tool like YAMJ it's not much…

Even with the update frequency set to the max it still doesn't show immediately. And if I keep it powered off for several days it has a lot of content to update, which takes longer. Also it puts more load on the machine needlessly as I already have all my YAMJ batch processes running on the server. Its nice to run 1 update on the server that takes 2 minutes and every client that connects gets update content with the same cover art, movie info, ect. Where as with Boxee/XBMC there is no way to do that. If a movie gets scanned in wrong and selects the wrtong movie you have to do it for each client that is connecting to the server. This gets old very fast.
BoredSysAdmin posts on November 16, 2010 10:18
krzywica, post: 766773
I pawed at the option of getting a Boxee Box for my bedroom, until I cam across a used Popcorn Hour A100 for $50, couldn't pass it up. Not to mention I had a laptop in there for a few months running boxee and while it would be great for a stand alone system, having to keep it on all the time just to stay updated with the content that gets added to my server every day was kinda stupid.

Huh? You can have set Boxee scanning frequency to very frequent and it'll update on the power on. I have tons on content on remote server, connected thru vpn tunnel (hard limited by router at 5Mbps) - works fine including scanning and updating. If you updated it from older boxee build, it helped me a lot by full uninstall, wipe all old data and do a clean install. With newest Boxee builds scanning is no more problem.

PCH are ok, but without 3rd party tool like YAMJ it's not much…
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