LG Electronics Inc, the world’s No.2 TV maker, plans to launch Internet-enabled TV based on Google’s platform in the United States in the week of May 21.
Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from LG factory in Mexico and US consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.
Google TV allows viewers to access Google services such as searches and YouTube videos on their television screens. LG gave no shipment target or details of prices or screen sizes.
Research firm IHS iSuppli estimates the global Internet-enabled TV market will grow nearly 60 percent this year to 95 million sets, far outpacing the TV market overall, which is expected to expand by just 2 percent.
The second version of Internet TV by Google, which hopes to replicate the success of its Android mobile software in the TV market, comes after its previous model, unveiled in 2010, failed to catch on with consumers.
Google’s attempt to capture the living room audience has seen limited success so far due to a lack of web content or support from hardware manufacturers.