During this experiment, I was secretly harboring hopes of cutting my television cable. Using a mix of Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, and TV show websites, I did get most of the content available from my cable provider.
But with no way to aggregate those media sources, it was a chore to find, get, and manage what I wanted to watch. The requirement to pull media rather than receive an aggregated push left me yearning for my DVR. That's something Google should really think about as it pushes the notion of Google Play, Nexus 7, and the rest of the Googleplex as a media hub. That said, Apple needs to address the same issue with iTunes and Apple TV.
The Googleplex's potential is there, but needs more work
Can I live with just a Googleplex of Google computing devices? Not quite yet for the home and definitely not for work. But if Google sticks to it, it may get us there.
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