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After a series of stumbles, Google TV has asked several television manufacturers to refrain from introducing their versions of the system at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, the New York Times reported.
Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp were set to tout their versions of the systems next month in Las Vegas, but Google has asked for a delay so it can refine its TV platform, which has had an underwhelming reception since its introduction in October.
The Times reported that the late request caught some of the TV makers off guard.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment to the Times about “rumors and speculation,” saying only that “our long-term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next-generation TV-watching experience, and we look forward to working with other partners to bring more devices to market in the coming years.”
The news follows several recent reports about troubles for the fledgling TV platform.
The Big 4 broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox — as well as Viacom, which owns a slew of cable channels including MTV and Comedy Central, have blocked Web versions of their shows from Google TV users.
In addition, Sony slashed prices for its Google TV hardware by 25% over the Thanksgiving weekend, which some tech insiders attributed to sales trouble.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster