With 2011 coming to a close in under 3 weeks, it would be very hard to imagine that we will see OnLive in TVs and Blu-ray players before the start of 2012. However, this delay really can not be blamed on OnLive.
Steve Perlman told OnLiveFans. “We are actually in the flash, inside of TV sets that are available today. In other words, it works with the TV manufacturer, the OnLive code has been debugged, QA’ed. It’s a matter of flipping the switch and the icon will appear, like Netflix and Google, and so on.”
Much like when updates go out for the OnLive service itself, and we don’t see the results until sometimes months later, the TV app sounds as though it is ready to go. However, there are many aspects to putting OnLive on these new devices, that most of us have not even considered.
“There are a couple things you need to know,” explained Perlman. “Some of these TVs do not really have a good controller for playing games. So some of these guys were waiting for the Universal OnLive Wireless controller to come out. Then they have to go and get those controllers into the stores, get inventory. On top of that, they have to educate the different retailers, etc. They also work on a little bit of a different time schedule than we’re used to in the internet world. The updates that they do to their TVs, they tend to be infrequent because they don’t really want users to see the TVs updating constantly.”
Perlman went on to explain that the TV manufacturers have OnLive code from a couple months ago, so any last fixes with the controller must be sent to them. After they get the updates that include the new OnLive wireless controller, we must wait for the next update (on their part), wait for them to get the controllers, get the controllers to retail, and show their retailers how they work.
Perlman went on to say, “I know that everyone, myself included, would like these things to go a little bit faster but we are working within the infrastructure that’s in place for things that don’t change nearly as often, such as Blu-rays for example.”
Perlman didn’t give a release date, and we highly doubt that he even has one set in stone. The process is an involved one, but with the release of the universal controller, we are a lot closer to seeing OnLive on TVs and Blu-ray players than we were last week at this time.