LG, Samsung, Vizio build Google TV devices
After struggling for two years to gain a foothold with its interactive TV platform, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will look to jolt its Google TV service at the Consumer Electronics Show next week through new products from LG (NYSE: LPL), Samsung (OTC: SSNLF.PK) and Vizio.
LG said Thursday that it will introduce a new line of TVs at CES that combine its 3D and smart TV technologies with Google's Android operating system. Google also announced that Samsung and Vizio will introduce Google TV devices, and that chip makers Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) and MediaTek (Taiwan: 2454.TW) will also unveil new chips designed for Google TV.
Sony (NYSE: SNE), which was the only consumer electronics manufacturer that had built TVs integrated with the Google TV platform, also plans to introduce new Google TV products, according to Google.
Google unveiled Google TV in December 2009. The platform gives viewers a user interface that allows them to surf Web video content from YouTube and other content suppliers, in addition to live TV programming delivered by their cable and satellite providers.
Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) had been manufacturing standalone set-tops that offered viewers the Google TV platform, but announced in November that it would stop making its Revue set-top because it was losing money on the device. Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH), which has been a Google TV partner since its inception, continues to market the Logitech set-tops to its subscribers.
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