TV maker LG is hesitating to commit itself to support the Google TV initiative. CEO of the display division Simon Kang said it was wary Google could come to dominate the TV software market, leaving CE vendors as hardware-only providers.
Kang told Dow Jones: “Google TV could spark strong interest in the market, but the reason we are deliberating is because Google may one day dominate the software space and we don’t want to end up as just a hardware provider.”
LG has developed a line of internet-connected TVs based on its own Netcast software. Google meanwhile has struck an agreement with Sony to develop connected TVs based on Google’s platform, while Logitech is developing a set-top box for the platform.