Originally Posted by palehorse
You may be able to watch The Office on your Google TV, but perhaps not on demand -- ABC, CBS and NBC are barring Sony and Logitech's web-infused TVs and set-top-boxes from accessing full episodes of streaming video conten
I'm watching The Office right now. Unfortunately, it's an even worse experience than having a plain old HTPC. And that's ALL streaming shows, not just the networks above. It's taken me a couple of hours to decide Google TV is absolute garbage. As excited as I was, I now have absolutely no reason to believe any amount of development is going to make it a good piece of software. From the ground up it's just very poorly designed.
1) The keyboard is absolutely necessary to do anything worthwhile. It's not like an HTPC where you can use the keyboard when you like and a universal remote most of the time.
2) Streaming content from online sources is miserable. I choose the show I want to watch, and the screen flickers, a web page comes up, a crappy embedded video player loads and then I have to use the finnicky touchpad on the keyboard to maximize the video. Want to pause? Gotta use the trackpad. The player controls on the keyboard are worthless for streaming content.
3) My entire movie library is missing. Music shows up. But even when I figure out why the movies don't show, the interface is horrible. It has all of the elegance of the Xbox 360 media player circa 2005. It doesn't even list my TV shows separately from my movies, and doesn't integrate them with all the rest of the available content. Unified my ass.
4) Can't get my Harmony remote to work -- not that it'd be useful with this thoughtless UI.
5) The remote app for Android won't find my GTV. Again, not that I really care because I absolutely will not use my phone as a remote. Unlock my phone, kill the battery and have absolutely no tactile feel on a remote? No thanks.
6) Dish DVR integration is clunky as hell. Instead of allowing you to use the DVR as normal or having GTV handle everything itself, it's caught in no man's land and mysteriously throws you in to one method or another completely unpredictably.
7) "Dual view" inexplicably doesn't work with streaming content.
8) Watching live tv? Push the navy button and it stops playing and goes to the home screen. Press the home button and it goes to the home screen, but tv continues to play in the background. Press the back button in Pandora and music continues to play in the background. Careless inconsistancy. Start watching tv while Pandora is playing.and now you're listening to both. How could they possibly think that's what I want?
My Boxee experiment, for all its problems, made watching TV a lot more enjoyable than this. A purpose-built device somehow manages to have more of a PC feel than my HTPC did. It blows my mind that Google got the software to this point and decided "YES! This is what we want to release!" Now, I'm 95% sure I'll be buying a Boxee Box.
Edit: It's back in the box and ready to be returned tomorrow.