GigaOm's Janko Roettgers agrees. "Google TV is designed to work with existing DVRs, not to replace your DVR," he writes. "Sure, eventually, we may see a DVR that runs Google TV software. But adding DVR functionality to the next version of Google TV would duplicate existing functionality and make the devices even more expensive." What, then, could Google want with SageTV? "SageTV's place-shifting software, which is essentially a Slingbox for your PC or media set-top box," Roettgers explains.
"SageTV place shifting makes it possible to watch live and archived TV programming on computers either in your home network or remotely. Third-party developers have already been able to port this functionality to iOS devices, and I expect that SageTV's engineers will be working on releasing an Android client as soon as possible."