Google Announces 10,000-Unit Google TV Giveaway

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Developers with an interest in Google TV might want to start clearing space in their dens for a set-top unit.  Google’s announced that it intends to give away a whopping 10,000 Logitech Revue devices in order to spur interest in the Google TV ecosystem.

We should note that Google’s not just trying to get apps built; this promotion is designed more to encourage the optimization (or creation) of websites for Google TV users.

Otherwise, if you’re interested in getting your hands on a unit, here are a couple important details: a post on the Google Code Blog stated, "[W]e’ll be reaching out to thousands of web developers in the Google Code community to offer them a free device."

Plus, "[I]f you are a professional web developer who wants to help make the Google TV experience even better . . . please submit an entry to our Google TV Web Developer Promotion . . . .  We’re planning to select 2,500 winners from those entries to receive a free Google TV device."

This is an interesting and generous move on Google’s part.  Considering that Logitech Revue units sell for $300, the retail value of the promotion is $3 million (not counting sales tax and whatever it costs Google to get the devices to developers).

The timing of the giveaway just leaves a little to be desired, since it might have been smarter to have a bunch of happy developers and optimized sites in place before Google TV was offered to the public.

Google Announces 10,000-Unit Google TV Giveaway
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  • che

    I don’t even want it free. I don’t want anything Google and violation of my privacy. $300 when the big networks are pulling out anyway?

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