Some Slightly Better News on Google TV

By  |  Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

Last week, there was much discussion on the Web of one specific tidbit from Logitech’s dismal first-quarter financial results: more of the company’s Revue Google TV boxes were returned to Logitech than got sold.

Logitech has issued a press alert with a few notes:

  • The Revue price reduction to $99–it was originally $249–goes into effect today.
  • “Google TV 2″ is “expected” to come out this Summer. (Google hasn’t said much at all about it so far–the platform was barely mentioned in the keynotes at May’s Google IO conference.)
  • Logitech wants to be sure that people understand that the Revue’s “negative sales” didn’t mean that more consumers were returning the boxes that buying them. Consumer returns, the company says, were comparable to those of other products. “Negative sales” means that more distributors and retailers were returning unsold units than buying additional ones. (In other words, it wasn’t that people have been trying and disliking Google TV–they haven’t been interested enough in the idea to buy it, period.)

I still think that the concept of Google TV has promise. But at this point, its future is entirely dependent on version 2 being more usable and less buggy than the original, with more big-name content that doesn’t get blocked by the big media companies that own it.  And if version 2 turns out to be a disappointment, I suspect that Google TV will end up not being one of the arrows that Google chooses to put wood behind.

 
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  1. Tom Ross Says:

    Wait, you didn’t actually believe that this was about consumer returns, did you? For 9 out of 10 people, if they truly dislike something they just bought, they’ll put in the closet and prefer to never think about it again.

  2. technologizer2 Says:

    Naw, I didn't think it was consumers–but Logitech's clarification suggests that some people did.

    –Harry

  3. nicholascontramundum Says:

    Actually I think most people's first thought went something like this,
    "Wait a minute, are people returning fake models? How can there be more returns than sales."

    Then the brain kicked in and it made sense.

  4. Paul Says:

    ""Wait a minute, are people returning fake models? How can there be more returns than sales." "

    They reported sales over multiple quarters, so they are talking about 2 different sales periods (like Q1 versus Q2). Returns over Q2 can incorporate the items sold in Q1. In other words, even though they sold X units in Q2, the quantity sold is less than what they did in Q1.

    At least that's how it makes sense.

  5. dholyer Says:

    I'm still waiting to get up the nerve to buy one. The money I had set aside for it I used to buy a 4 core HP PC to upgrade my dual core HP system. And I upgraded from Win XP to Win 7. And the price was $200 less

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    Plus the economy being so negative lately does not help. I've been saving for one for x-mas at full price but the savings account keeps getting diverted to other pressing things. But it is nice the price is around one third the full original price.

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