Way back in May of 2010, I attended Google's I|O conference. One of the highlights was the unveiling of Google TV--a superambitious effort to bring the Web into the living room in a way that nobody had successfully done before. I got all excited. But when I tried the Google TV-powered Logitech Revue box that fall, it was a major disappointment.
Google TV was still ambitious, but it was also confusing, buggy, and bloated. And the major TV networks (including CBS, CNET's parent company) quickly began blocking Google TV from receiving streaming-video versions of prime-time shows, … Read more