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Samsung says it's close to deal to make Google-ready TV set

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Samsung may make a new television outfitted with Google software.

Talks are in their final stages, an executive with the South Korean company told reporters in Seoul. But the TV will not be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January when Samsung competitor LG Electronics takes the wraps off its Google TV.

The two largest TV manufacturers are looking to boost sales and prices in the TV market.

Last year Google formed a partnership with Sony to launch a TV that let users surf the Web but users dinged the TV for costing too much and being too complicated to use.

"Samsung is a very important partner of Google's and we announced a Google TV partnership earlier in the year. We're excited about working with Samsung on Google TV in the months ahead, and we look forward to bringing great products to consumers in 2012," a Google spokesman said in an e-mailed statement.

Google is looking to boost its advertising business and increase viewership of YouTube by expanding to TV.  But the search giant has yet to win over ABC, CBS or NBC, which continue to block TV programming on their websites from being viewed on Google TV. Google does have partnerships with Time Warner Inc.'s HBO, Turner Broadcasting and others.

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Google employees on the company's campus in Mountain View, Calif., in 2004. Photo credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

 
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