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Google TV hits network roadblock over content piracy concerns

Google TV hits network roadblock over content piracy concerns

Google is facing ongoing problems accessing streaming content through Google TV, according to the WSJ, with networks ABC, CBS and NBC all confirming that they were blocking the system.  No official reasons for the block have been made public, but sources familiar with the matter are partially blaming studio concerns over the presence of pirated content showing up in Google TV searches.

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Sony Says TV Prices Will Decrease by Year’s End, Thanks to Increasing Inventory

Sony Says TV Prices Will Decrease by Year’s End, Thanks to Increasing Inventory

TV prices range pretty dramatically, depending on the features in the TV, the size, and the manufacturer. But, it looks like Sony is expecting to watch the TV prices overall start to decline. In a way to stay competitive, if the majority of companies involved in the TV market begin to drop their prices, then other companies will immediately follow suit to stay relevant, especially as certain sized models reach price points of interest for the general consumer. But, Sony's Vice President also points out that just because the prices drop, the market may not see an expansion of sales.

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Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony is reportedly looking to outsource production of its high-end LCD HDTVs, with Foxconn tipped to take responsibility for the Japanese company's frameless sets and Wistron the recently-unveiled Sony Google TV range.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the decision is primarily a cost-saving one, with Sony looking to outsource 70- to 80-percent of LCD TV production having just managed to turn around six years of consecutive financial losses by the division.

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The Daily Slash: October 12th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 12th 2010

As we march on through October, we're having to keep up with companies all over the globe announcing something new. Today we saw the release of Sony products with Google TV, and we even got some on-time analysis of the upcoming products. In our story from around the Web, we'll take a look at how Intel is doing, as they've just announced their third quarter results. And then to end the night, we'll take a look at what's been going on around the R3 Media Network. Welcome to the Tuesday edition of The Daily Slash.

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Google TV – An Early Analysis

Google TV – An Early Analysis

I had a chance to get some hands on time with Google TV from both Sony and Logitech. Let's start off and agree that re-inventing the TV experience is a necessary but also incredibly difficult task. Necessary because with the exception of the DVR, television simply has not changed that much in the past 50 years. Yes, we got color, then we got HD; but the overall experience has not drastically changed. Re-invention is in essence what Apple desired and still desires to do, and what Google is now putting a stake in the ground in order to attempt as well.

I say re-inventing the TV experience is difficult, because it is controlled by the service providers like DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, COX, etc. These service providers offer their customers a completely closed system in which to access their content, or premium content. So for a company like Apple or Google to make inroads with a TV experience that is as tightly integrated with a customer's service provider is an uphill battle.


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Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced, Costs $399.99

Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced, Costs $399.99

Sony's announcement about their upcoming Google TV effort didn't revolve solely around the release of HDTVs integrated with Google TV. They decided to go one step further and also release a Blu-ray disc player with integrated Google TV, too. Not only is the Blu-ray player the first to feature Google TV, but it also features a very unique design, with a fan on the back that no one will be able to ignore.

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Sony NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 & NSX-46GT1 HDTVs with Google TV Unveiled

Sony NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 & NSX-46GT1 HDTVs with Google TV Unveiled

October 12th has finally rolled around, and Sony took some time out of the late afternoon (on the East Coast) to officially unveil their brand new line-up of Google TV products. While everyone knew that at least one TV would be unveiled today, Sony officially took the stage with a small supply of products: HDTVs ranging in size from 26-inches to 46-inches, and their proprietary Google TV remote control.

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