Google TV’s Search for a Living Room Hit

Now that Google TV, the search giant’s shot at bringing the Web to the television, has been out for a few weeks in the form of the Logitech Revue settop box and Sony’s TVs and Blu-ray machine, all eyes are on how it’s doing. Truth be told, it’s still too early to know. But Rishi Chandra, Google TV’s product lead, offered some insights on Google’s thinking in a talk today at GigaOm’s NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco with NewTeeVee co-editor Janko Roettgers. Here’s what he had to say:

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The Long-Awaited Boxee Box Gets a Hollywood Preview

Few consumer electronics devices have been more widely anticipated, at least by the more geeky set, than Boxee‘s settop box for bringing Internet content to the TV–since Google TV debuted three weeks ago, anyway. The uniquely shaped Boxee Box will debut on Nov. 10 in New York, adding a potent new player to the rapidly expanding market for Internet-connected TVs and add-on devices.

Today, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen offered a preview at the Streaming Media West conference in Los Angeles, where such devices are viewed with much more wariness and even fear than in Silicon Valley. First, he offered his version of the landscape (paraphrased at times):

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Here Comes Google TV: The Fans (and the Skeptics) Weigh In

If there are many skeptics of Google TV, today at the Streaming Media West conference, a panel of (mostly) fans discussed the potential for the search giant’s newest obsession. On the panel were moderator James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research; Ashish Arora, VP and GM of Logitech‘s Digital Home Group; Christy Tanner, GM of TV Guide Online; Shalini Pai, group manager for partner solutions for YouTube and Google TV; and Jim Lanzone, CEO of Clicker.com. (For more from Google itself, check out my post on Google TV lead product manager Rishi Chandra’s keynote this morning at TechnologyReview.com)

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