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Will Google TV be a blessing or a curse?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on October 22, 2010

As most of you know Apple came out with their new version of Apple TV a few weeks ago and at first I wanted it. Then after a few weeks of reading articles about it I found that the networks weren’t jumping aboard the Apple ship like a lot of people (myself included) thought they would. For people like me that only watch about three shows on TV it would be perfect. I could rent the new episodes on my schedule for only $0.99 each and get rid of my Direct TV. But now that it is looking like the shows that I want won’t be available Apple TV doesn’t look as hot anymore.

Enter Google TV. What?!? What the hell is Google TV. Yeah, I only found out about it yesterday myself. Basically, you connect some hardware to your TV (just like Apple TV) and now you are mixing internet with your TV experience. But on top of that you will soon be able to use Android Apps (which I never really loved on my Droid), and be able to use Google’s search technology to find what you want to watch even if that might be a YouTube video. But I’m not sold yet.

A year from now will GoogleTV and/or Apple TV be threatening to take over cable? And if so, what is Google’s model going to be? Free cable but maybe you will be blasted with targeted ads while you watch? And for those opting not to get the ads they can go the Apple TV route and pay to rent?

Or…the most likely possibility…the networks will come together to kill both Apple and Google TV by not dealing with them at all.

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