Google TV. Xbox. Apple TV. Roku. All these gadgets promise to make television more like the web. There’s just one hitch: None of them are ready for primetime.
ByJessi Hempel, senior writer
I had great expectations for Google TV. When the brick-size plastic box that powered it arrived at my home, I was able to hook it up in less than 10 minutes — I didn’t even need directions. I scrolled through specially built apps for YouTube and CNBC, pulled up the Chrome web browser to check my e-mail, and logged on to Twitter (@jessiwrites: tweeting from my TV). Then, the novelty of the Net having worn off, I decided to check out the ABC sitcomModern Family.
It was no easy feat. I scrolled through my cable guide, but couldn’t watch old episodes. I toggled back to the apps, but ABC didn’t have one. I found my show on Amazon (AMZN), but I’d have to pay $1.99 an episode on top of the $99 per month I’m paying for cable. I pulled up the browser again to search for Hulu, but the site was blocked. And so I spent my first night with Google (GOOG) TV cross-legged on my couch watchingModern Family … on my laptop.