ARM may be the only way for GoogleTV to get a foothold in the living room.
That didn't make sense to me. Samsung was developing its own high power chips that are almost as fast as the standard Intel Atom processors that are inside GoogleTVs, except they are based on the ARM architecture and are extremely low power and cheap to make. GoogleTV is based on Android and Samsung's ARM chips have had a great deal of success in Android devices. In fact, Samsung builds Apple's (AAPL) ARM-based A4 chip which has seen considerable success in mobile devices, but also AppleTV. Here were my observations at the time:
- Recent reports have Orions powering Samsung phones due at the beginning of next year.
- GoogleTV runs on Android 2.1 and Android runs really well on Samsung's processors (seen the Galaxy S sales figures?). Samsung's new Dual Core Orion chips, expected in phones in H1 2011 would be a perfect fit. ARM processors are cheaper (especially for Samsung), run cooler (no fans needed) and use much less electricity. Those are also differentiators that consumers can appreciate.
- Apple's AppleTV runs on a Samsung-built ARM Cortex A8 processor that also live inside the iPad and iPhone. Smartphone processors perform very well in smart HDTVs.
- Orion Processors can deliver multiple 1080P video streams and what better way to showcase its new processors than have them in a high end HDTV?
Samsung does use Intel chips for some of its Windows laptops. But overall, its own chips are way more suited to running a set top box than Intel's.
Today, Bloomberg did a follow up story saying that it believed that Samsung was in fact going to use its own chips for th GoogleTV.
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Logitech is having some issues with its GoogleTV.
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The updates are interesting but aren't likely enough to mainstream the product...yet.
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$299 now buys you a GoogleTV with a Blu-ray player
Best Buy (BBY)and Sony Style are now offering the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player with Google TV for $299. That's $100 off of the launch price and the same as the Logitech Revue which is Blu-ray-less.
GoogleTV (GOOG) has recently been plagued with defections by major TV networks, most recently Viacom so some aggressive pricing may sway some buyers on the fence.
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OK, that one really hurt.
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In the never ending flux of content providers that are enabling their content on GoogleTV, the product lost a major network but signed a movie studio.
First the bad news: Fox took its content off of GoogleTV today, telling users that "This content is not compatible with your device". Fox was the only major network to leave its content on GoogleTV (GOOG). No more Simpsons or Glee!
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The move, similar to its Android phone practice, would bring more developers on board.
Google gave away 3,000 GoogleTVs yesterday at the AdobeMAX (ADBE) conference. The search giant plans on distributing 10,000 GoogleTVs overall in the coming months, according to a post on Google's Code blog. At least 2,500 of those are going to be given away to developers who submit an interesting website idea for GoogleTV. The rest, around 4,500 by MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 27, 2010 8:49 AM ET
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