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GoogleTV gets put on hiatus at several manufacturers

December 20, 2010: 9:34 AM ET

The poorly-reviewed TV platform is going to miss its coming out party at CES.

According to the New York Times, Google (GOOG) has massively cut back its GoogleTV product's planned releases from CES, which is to take place from January 6-9.  Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp were all set to announce products at CES running GoogleTV but will hold off until a newer version of the software, which will run apps, hits the market later in 2011.

Two manufacturers, Vizio and Samsung, will announce GoogleTV products at CES, however.  Samsung will announce appliances rather than TVs, while Vizio's announcement will be more low key.

Sony (SNE) and Logitech (LOGI) both currently carry GoogleTV-based products.

The scale back at CES is Google's doing, according to the report, and not the plan of the-manufacturers.  The search giant is re-tooling the software to address the concerns of reviewers and early adopters citing the complexity of the software, its inconsistent interface, and the lack of top content as problems with adoption.

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