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Sony claims Google TV sales fine, admits poor early response

updated 02:25 pm EST, Mon December 20, 2010

Sony says Google TV sales in line with hopes

Sony TV lead Hiroshi Yoshioka on Monday defended the early adoption of his company's Google TV series. He wouldn't give numbers but said the Android sets' sales were "in line with expectations." However, the company's overall TV's business will fight to turn a profit and should fall short of its 25 million March target.

More of an uptick would come with the early 2011 Google TV update to add Android Market and other major features, Yoshioka said. The executive remained committed to the platform and noted that it had as many as 16 team members working full-time with Google to develop its sets, devoting more time to the TV framework than to Android phones. Most of Sony Ericsson's Android phones are now two versions behind.

Yoshioka did recognize that Google TV hadn't received a uniformly positive reception and had received some negative reviews. It could "take a little longer for users to really start having fun," he said.

The platform has so far been dealt a number of setbacks versus rivals like Apple TV, Boxee or Roku. Google is thought to have delayed most manufacturers' sets in a surprise delay that has led them to miss CES. Many of the sites Google had been counting on to drive its vision for web-based video have also blocked Google TV access. Without much support for content on the local network, the platform is largely locked out of commercial media where its frequently cheaper competitors still have more material. [via New York Times]

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But that remote!

    Lol, I used one this weekend in the SonyStyle store. I picked up that remote and accidently hit a button. I don't recall what I hit but it went to some status screen and I couldn't get out of it. The sales person eventually came by and just reset the entire unit! She said it was easier than trying to figure out the system.

    It's pretty ridiculous to have a remote like that. Why not just throw in an iPod Touch and a pre-installed version of their BluRay remote app? At least they can use the iPod Touch. :)

    That Google TV requires a few hundred buttons and AppleTV requires what, 6? speaks volumes about their two approaches.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: But that remote!

    That Google TV requires a few hundred buttons and AppleTV requires what, 6? speaks volumes about their two approaches.

    The standard Apple remote sucks. Not being able to fast forward or rewind without figuring out how to hold the button down 'just long enough' is plain stupid (not to mention the fact that hitting the 'forward' button does different things depending on the content you are watching).

    But it's your standard apple product. Dumbed-down to the lowest common denominator because, apparently, Apple users are just too stupid to figure out anything but the most simplistic of devices.

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