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Google TV is indefinitely delayed in the UK

Somewhere, over the rainbow
Thu Dec 16 2010, 14:00

NOBODY KNOWS anything about when Google TV might tip up in the UK and that is official.

Despite much hoopla and a launch in the US, along with the first software update yesterday, the search engine company is no closer to bringing the Internet Protocol Television product to Blighty.

Despite predictions of the end of this year or January 2011, with two weeks to go before the new year Google TV is nowhere near storming the white cliffs of Dover.

Speaking to Google and Logitech, the manufacturer of a Google TV set top box, both said they had no information whatsoever about when their IPTV products might reach our shores. Sony, which is also signed up to offer Google TV through its tellies and Blu-ray players, was not available for comment.

Logitech had told The INQUIRER in May that developments would be seen from January 2011, but now those developments seem somewhat distant.

In the meantime, the Sony Playstation 3 can already stream ITV and Channel 4, and D-Link's Boxee Box, with its Channel 4 and 5 programming, is already on sale.

In the US Google TV has been available since September, but it has suffered a number of setbacks with major television networks and programme makers having rejected the product. Yesterday Google TV's first update provided a picture-in-picture while browsing the web feature, and an Android app that turns a mobile phone into a remote control was released. µ


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