Google TV to be Pulled from Consumer Electronics Show

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David Hasselhoff isn’t the only TV act in town facing rapid-fire cancellation. While the A&E Network yanked the former Baywatch star’s reality show off the air after only two episodes, the New York Times is reporting that Google has asked three of its partners to pull their Google TV-enabled TVs and set-top boxes from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

According to the Times article, Toshiba has confirmed that it won't be displaying any Google TV products at this year’s world-renowned show. LG and Sharp will also hold off on unveiling the product line. While the Times reports that Samsung still plans to go ahead with its own Google TV-enabled accessory, Google has requested that its TV partners hold off “so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception.”

In late November, TechZone360.com reported that less than a month after its launch, Sony slashed the price of its Google TV platform by an eye-popping 25 percent over the holiday shopping weekend. Black Friday mania aside, some tech insiders are pointing to Google TV as the real turkey as publications, including the New York Post, indicate sales trouble.

Sony reduced its 46-inch Google TV to $1,000 from $1,200 and its 40-inch set for $898 down from $1,000. Sony has never before cut prices on a new product, the Post points out.

Popular tech blog TechCrunch was quick to chime in on Sony’s price slashing: "This doesn't smell like a Black Friday sort of deal," read one post. “No, the price cut is everywhere from Best Buy to even the unit's product page."

Google TV has had a rough go. Earlier, News Corp., opted to block Google TV devices from accessing full-length episodes of its TV shows when searched from Google TV’s Web browser. News Corp., joins a growing list of major broadcasters including ABC, CBS and NBC that have decided to block access.




Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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