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The Free Google Tv That Wasn't

January 30th, 2011 19:55 pm | by Ed |

Not long ago, as part of a promotion, Google had this contest on youtube where they were giving away a "Google Tv" to a hundred people. It ran for a month or more and a boatload of people got involved in it.

The thing is once the contest was over that's when it became obvious that this "free" tv wasn't *quite* free. Oh, granted, the unit itself was free. But it was still necessary for the winners to get a high def tv, tv mounts, and all the other assorted little doodads that are needed to make such a setup work.

Then of course, since this thing basically puts the internet on your tv, there is also the consideration of how much bandwidth it's using. I haven't seen any numbers but I'll just bet that people in areas that don't have the faster broadband access available will end up finding that the Google tv eats up most, if not all, of their bandwidth really quickly. After all, High Def streaming video takes a LOT of bytes.

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