There seems to be a ton of interest for Google TV in Canada, based on the traffic from my last post Google TV in Canada a Primer so I thought it would be good to give an update from a Google TV user in Canada.
Over the past few months Google has been busy making the product better with additional additional features and improving the overall experience.
No news yet on when the TV part of Google TV will be coming to Canada but I would hope that Rogers or Bell would take the initiative to use this as an advantage and get their content integrated. But the good news is that Chris O'Neill, Country Director for Google Canada, in the Star yesterday said that he wants Canada to be more testers for the US vs the position we are in now which is a follower (well after the fact most of the time - Google Voice anyone?). So we can hope that this might speed things up.
What is important to note is that Google TV is still a powerful product without the TV integration, you get access to all of the online video content from the networks still - unlike the blocking they are doing in the US. We can access so much of the content online that we are going to downgrade our pay TV packaging until it gets integrated just to see how much we can save and not impact the overall "TV"expereince. All in all Google TV is still a great product for Canadians.
What's New. Netflix now has a fully functional app and it works with the Canadian version - netflix.ca. Google TV is also working on an app marketplace and has launched a site for developers. Early in the new year we should expect a roll out.
They also have a really cool remote apps that not only lets you control Google TV from your smart phone but you can share content to the device.
In the end we are amazed at how Google TV has changed the TV viewing experience for us, we often find ourselves dual viewing searching the web on topics while watching programs or forgoing the TV experience all together getting lost in YouTube or some other source on online content. Google TV in Canada is real and will only get better with time. While you still have to purchase it in the US it is worthwhile purchase if you are looking for the convergence that Google TV gives you on the big screen. There are tons of rumors of big things coming in the new year for Google TV (so much so that it is reported that Google is asking manufactures to hold up shipments / production) so lets hope for us that the full Google TV in Canada experience will happen sooner than later.