Google tried to jump into our living rooms with their Google TV platform and Logitech jumped on board. Google TV failed to offer a compelling user experience and fell flat on its face. Google TV was set for failure when the biggest entertainment providers blocked it from accessing their websites and online content those publishers include: Viacom, Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC.
The Logitech Revue was created to bring Google TV into the living room but failed to do so only because of the software. Logitech claims the Revue was an expensive mistake:
The Google TV platform and the Revue misadventure cost Logitech over $100 million in operating revenue which also includes EMEA regions. Logitech plans to drop plans to make a second Revue and will not incorporate any more Google TV boxes until it is fixed. A major competitor Boxee has been doing quite well with providing content to the set top box.
Google plans to release a major revamped Google TV service in the future with Android Honeycomb at the core with the ability to run Android Market apps on the device. Google may have to struggle a bit to regain some of the lost consumer confidence.