How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

Summary: Companies seem to love to ask their customers how much they'd pay for their products. In recent weeks, the New York Times has been asking subscribers how much money they would drop to get access to content behind its forthcoming paywall.

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Companies seem to love to ask their customers how much they'd pay for their products. In recent weeks, the New York Times has been asking subscribers how much money they would drop to get access to content behind its forthcoming paywall. Now Dish Network is polling Internet users as to their interest in shelling out for Google TV.

Engadget has taken screens from an online survey that finds the satellite TV provider asking, among other things, how much people would pay for a Google TV device, how much per month they'd pay to get advanced functionality through Dish for that device, and just how interested respondents are in Google TV to begin with. A number of pricing points are dangled, such as nothing upfront for the device and a $15 monthly fee or $299 upfront and no monthly fee -- and seemingly every combination in between.

Perhaps most interesting are the questions that gauge the pricing level that consumers would feel is a "great deal" for a Google TV device or would "begin to look too expensive." Part of those answers would be dependent on what else comes with the device, and Dish Network does ask how appealing a $300 Google TV unit would be if it included a Blu-ray player.

Much of the "advanced integration" that Dish is offering would seem to be what the standard features for a Google TV should be -- the ability to watch online content and access email and chat on your TV, receive recommendations for shows based on what you're watching, and download an unlimited number of apps for the device.

Frankly, I'm not convinced that I would pay anything for those features, though I wouldn't complain if a Blu-ray player I purchased came with Google TV built into it. And I certainly wouldn't pay an additional fee on top of buying a Google TV device. Unfortunately, I was not invited to participate in the survey.

What would you pay for Google TV? Anything? Let us know in the Comments section.

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Topics: Hardware, Google, Mobility, Networking

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  • It appears that they left out one choice

    "Not interested."

    Maybe they where afraid it would be the most chosen choice?
    Tim Cook
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      look look http://ta.gg/4or
      lincc240
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      @Mister Spock Exactly. so I just didn't answer?
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • Where's the none option?

    It forget to add the "none" option.

    I bet 90% of the people would chose it; that's why Dish left it out.
    illegaloperation
  • What in tarnation is Google TV?

    I've had Internet access, DVR, and media library on my TV for years. The web stuff gets used almost never, since I don't enjoy sitting on my couch typing and mousing.

    I watch TV (as opposed to playing games or surfing the web) as a mostly passive and immersive experience. This is something that the "brains" behind interactive TV never manage to understand: we don't want to flip to a webpage in the middle of watching "Ben Hur" to check out fantasy football ranks, or watch a Youtube clip of a loser dressed in a tutu surfing in a kiddie pool.

    So it sounds like Dish is engaged in the same practice of "seeking feedback" without even understanding the concept.
    terry flores
  • what does it cost

    BOM for such a device is:
    CPU $10
    RAM $15
    Flash $30
    Power $5
    WLAN $10
    Box $10
    Misc $15

    that adds up to around $100 to manufacture w/o HDD
    anything more than $200 would be exagerated should be around $150.
    s_souche
  • Nothing

    I tend to agree with others, I don't want it.
    NoAxToGrind
  • Not a dime

    Thanks for asking
    bobiroc
  • I would pay as much as Google asks for

    if they GPLed the code.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      @Linux Geek And this is important why?
      statuskwo5
  • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

    $0.00
    1djk1
  • I'm behind the times again; what's "Google TV"?

    I'm a Dish subscriber now, but without knowing what Google TV does, it's impossible for me to predict what I'd pay for it. Is it up and running as an established service, or another of Google's unsupported 'permanently in Beta' apps? Is anyone here using it? How else is it available; DirecTV or cable providers?
    CharlieSpencer
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      @Palmetto My thoughts exactly. Maybe we were not show but what I saw was asking me what I was willing to pay for something when I don't even know what I get in return. How about the include it in their services to gain subscribers, thus making more money. You know, like the old days when companies offered value and service if they wanted to get paid let alone charge a premium.
      non-biased
  • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

    I wouldn't pay a dime. I unplugged my Dish and have only had movies/Netflix for the last year and a half. It has been great!! No commercials, no depressing news. If I want news, I just go to the web for the most pertinent information.
    transluc
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      That probably works if all you watch is movies. Sports fans, on the other hand...
      CharlieSpencer
  • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

    I'm good with Fios... thanks...
    athynz
  • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

    Seems like the early responders are all negative about Google TV. I bet they - and everybody else - will be constant users of this sort of function five years from now. What we are going through now is the early adoption phase of something which, far from being "of no interest" is such an obvious idea that people will refuse to admit that they ever said anything negative about it.

    If you have a Dish 722 and know how well it does its job. If you have tried various ways to get your home network to play with your TV. If you have enjoyed the supreme simplicity of Netflix and Amazon On Demand via a Roku. If you have benefited from the integration of Harmony remotes. Then the proposition of having all those things (and more) integrated into one architeture and one box would be such an obvious and beneficial product that rejecting it would be like saying "happiness is of no interest".

    I am hoping for a Dish VIP 922 with Google TV built in and a Harmony-like remote. Or a Logitech box for Google TV which integrates well with my Dish service. And, I am ready to pay for it.

    Three years from now, neither I nor anyone else, will have to pay for such obvious function or pay extra for the boxes which integrate all those functions. However, by being prepared to pay as an early adopter, I will have enjoyed three years of enhanced entertainment, reliably showing slideshows and videos to the family on my 73" screen instead of a 22" monitor, pausing a TV show or movie to take a video conference with friends or relatives on my 73" screen while sitting comfortably with my wife instead of standing behind her at the computer.

    If you choose to wait until it is commonplace, don't visit my house or call me on a video conference - because it will piss you off!

    Keith
    keith.manning@...
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      But what is it? If I haven't done any of those things you describe (or even heard of many of them), if all I do with my television is watch cable or satellite, what benefits does Google TV bring me?

      I won't belittle it until I've seen it, but I also can't be interested without knowing what it does.
      CharlieSpencer
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      @keith.manning@...
      To tell the truth, I have been watching internet over my TV for more than five years now; do not have to look at the computer screen. Current looking at the company's wireless equipment. Im currently tethered to my TV with a 50 Ft. S-Video cable.
      eargasm
    • RE: How much would you pay for Google TV? Dish Network wants to know.

      @keith.manning@...
      only problem is, Satellite TV is so artifacted i.e. (.jpg) as to be unwacthable.
      ccutright