Google TV Price Cuts Might Mean Trouble for Internet TV
Everything seems to get cheaper around Black Friday, but that may not be a good thing for Google TV.
In fact, prices for Google TV devices have been dropping dramatically because it's just not selling well, which is a worrying sign for a new product only weeks after its launch. Best Buy and Sony Style have both offered steep discounts on the Sony Google TV, offering as much as 25 percent off.
It's remarkable but also not quite surprising given the hurdles Google TVs have had recently. Sony's TV , with built-in Google TV capabilities, is much more expensive than standard HDTVs of the same size, which is obviously a deterrent for many customers.
But there have already been other problems that turn consumers away: sub-par interface design, a monstrous remote control and lack of content because providers have been shunning Google TV. With those problems, even the $300 box from Logitech that turns a normal TV into a Google TV seems too expensive.
So far, Google TV has been the largest push for Internet-connected TVs, and faltering sales may mean it will be a while before the content we find on our computers will be readily available on our TVs.