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In the unfortunate event that you have not seen that Kevin Bacon commercial advertising Google TV you may not be aware of the product. Google TV is a software platform that combines the web and tv. Recently, the Logitech Revue (Google TV's set top box) was blocked from tv networks contents and now Google is telling manufactures to delay launches of their Google TV devices. Most likely this means that they will not be able to launch at next months Consumer Electronics Show. Wired stated that:
A delay is unusual coming from Google, whose usual M.O. is to release new products rapidly (sometimes with the “beta” label still prominently displayed) and then iterate them on the fly with software updates...Some extra time could allow Google to work with third-party software developers on making apps for the Google TV to offer additional functionality and more content, said Ross Rubin, lead consumer electronics analyst at NPD Group.
Read the rest of the article here at wired.com: Google's crippled tv could be limping into the market
I hope that Ross Rubin was right in stating that they may be holding off in order to create more functionality. Google has some large obstacles in their way such as the tv networks preventing their content being viewed from Google TV. Google can be using this time to figure out how to overcome this obstacle. As of now Google TV serves as a glorified web enabled tv. If not just for their commercials alone, lets keep our fingers for Google TV's success, and in hopes to turn into Kevin Bacon.