LG’s Google TV set debuts this month — but will anyone care?

After announcing that it’s jumping into the Google TV fray at CES in January, an LG executive said today that it will begin building and shipping the sets later this month. But, with Google TV’s lukewarm welcome by consumers, and a non-existent Apple television set grabbing headlines, will LG fare better than Google’s first round of partners?

Smart TV’s sell big globally, not so much in the U.S.

More than a fifth of all television sets sold in 2010 were smart TVs, according to the research firm DisplaySearch, which says the numbers signal that “a quiet revolution in TV viewing” is gaining a foothold.

“European Netflix” Lovefilm comes to the Playstation 3

Lovefilm, the “NetFlix of Europe”, has just announced that its streaming video subscription service will now be available on Sony’s PlayStation 3 video-game consoles in the UK. Lovefilm currently has 1.4 million subscribers in Europe. More than 3 million households in the UK own a PS3.

GameTree TV will bring casual games to your TV (video)

Blake Lewin, the president of Transgaming Digital Home, showed off a new TV-based GameTree TV game platform at the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco. Transgaming has teamed up with Intel to create a smarter TV. Intel makes the code-named Sodaville chips — which are highly integrated consumer electronics processors — for set-top boxes. Those set-tops can link to the internet and download applications to the set-top box.