Originally Posted by hoozthatat
Oh it's old news, I'm more disheartened by the fact that end is drawing nearer. Like you said people don't care about these features, Google TV has been an illusion of what Google, LG, Vizio and Sony tout it to be. The content was pulled before it ever existed.
I know, mediocre LCD's have been dominating the market for years, but now we've reached the point where we've been forced to accept needless features like gesture recognition instead of having a foundation of solid FP's that can reproduce accurate images top to bottom. And the worst part is that the manufacturers lie through their teeth about it.
Troubling times in the kingdom indeed.
I kind of wonder what we're going to even see at CES this year. Samsung showed off that nifty voice and gesture stuff last year; the demos were excellent. But as soon as I left the demo room I had two quick observations: (1) That wasn't very useful even though it was cool (2) No one is going to pay real money for that.
As 2012 went on, I learned that (a) in the real world, the technology didn't even work especially well and (b) in my own experience, the technology's analogue was frustrating. I have, you see, a Kinect -- which I suspect is much better than what Samsung has built in. While some of the games work OK, as a control device, it's actually really irritating. I certainly don't like it to navigate menus at all. It's slow enough and erratic enough that most of the time, I'd rather just go grab a remote or a controller.
GoogleTV -- for all its nifty features -- is certainly not the future of television. It's poorly integrated and hacky. It's in no way my vision of the future of TV. And let me be clear, nothing out there is. What we all dream of, some integrated, better than the best DVR, single UI across many sources, just isn't there. Something grafted on -- like GoogleTV -- is very far from it.
And the idea that you heard hashed out when GoogleTV first come out (every channel is an app) is actually among the most dreadful ideas of them all. That would be among the slowest, least searchable ways to watch TV imaginable.
I want one app, searchable. fast, that gets me what I want to see. Ideally it has a cloud DVR, integrated VOD, access to my Netflix, Amazon, pay per view, etc. all in one. Call me when someone offers that.