Google partners with more OEMs for second gen Google TV boxes priced around $100

Google’s first go at a TV-internet box didn’t gain as much acclaim as intended, but perhaps a cheaper and revised version may capture a bigger audience this time around.

Google’s first go at a TV-internet box didn’t gain as much acclaim as intended, but perhaps a cheaper and revised version may capture a bigger audience this time around.

 Google partners with more OEMs for second gen Google TV boxes priced around $100

As far as partners go, Google has already gotten Vizio, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Hisense to hop on board.  Hisense in particular will be manufacturing a Google TV box that’s right around the USD $100 mark, adding to the already competitive price of $99.99 set by manufacturers like Vizio.

Many of the features that were present in the first-gen Google TV box will remain a part of the second-gen version, but Google reports that the second-gen has improved blending of broadcast TV and internet media experience—which the Google TV software failed to do in the first-gen boxes.

 Google partners with more OEMs for second gen Google TV boxes priced around $100

Apple, among other manufacturers, have been working for a while on their respective set-top boxes, so Google has quite a long to go before it can hope to dominate the TV-internet experience like it does the smartphones. 

Like the Apple TV, Google’s TV boxes allow users to stream media from various online outlets such as YouTube and Netflix to an HDTV.  However, one of the gripes from many regarding the Google TV is that people cannot stream videos from the popular Hulu service—unless the box is modified from its factory condition.

It goes without saying that there are still limitations to the various TV-internet combo boxes that are on the market, but we’re expecting Hisense along with other manufacturers to prove to us (@ IFA, Berlin?) why enthusiasts should abandon the homemade HTPC movement.