Open thread: Will Google TV change your viewing habits?

Summary:Every tech giant---Apple, Microsoft, Google and others---wants to change your TV viewing habits. And they all have failed so far. Is there anything different this time?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt detailed his plans to conquer TV. In a nutshell, Google will be in your living room and allegedly change your viewing habits.

Sound familiar? Well it is. Every tech giant---Apple, Microsoft, Google and others---wants to change your viewing habits. And they all have failed so far. Your living room is a country that's continuously invaded by superpowers. However, you still resist.

The big question: Will Google's TV efforts be a hit? Or is it just another WebTV? Finish this conversation between Sam and I. I'm the cynical guy sitting on the couch drinking a beer while watching the Philadelphia Eagles. Sam is the Apple Google fanboy.

Larry Dignan: “Once you have Google television, you’re going to be very busy,” Schmidt said via this Wired story. “It’s going to ruin your evening.” Larry Dignan: he's smoking crack Sam Diaz: no he's not. Sam Diaz: google tv is gonna rock Larry Dignan: PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO INTERACT WITH TV Larry Dignan: THIS IS WEBTV Sam Diaz: yes they do Sam Diaz: my wife is constantly yelling at those bimbos on the new jersey housewives Sam Diaz: HAHAHA!!! Larry Dignan: exactly Larry Dignan: she's not searching for their bios Sam Diaz: once google gets past the set top box... they're rule the TV Larry Dignan: and there's the fallacy Sam Diaz: nope... but she is looking for all the related s**t Larry Dignan: you'll never get past the set top box Larry Dignan: because we're lazy Larry Dignan: and as jobs says we have computers Sam Diaz: the technology is already on the way. embedded broadband in the set Sam Diaz: no no no... the days of computers are numbered Larry Dignan: I don't know I've got a bunch of widgets on my set Larry Dignan: tried em once or twice Larry Dignan: you see tv you want to veg Larry Dignan: screw the interaction Larry Dignan: none of these nerds get that Sam Diaz: old guy alert! old guy alert! Sam Diaz: east coast old guy alert! east coast old guy alert! east coast old guy alert! Sam Diaz: you gotta start thinking a bit more silicon valley, pal


Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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