So my hiatus was brief... but I will keep this short to stay in spirit!
Today I got the Google TV (Sony's Blu Ray product). It's remarkable. Quick thoughts:
1. Set up is very, very easy.
2. This is truly a merging of internet and television. The 'picture-in-picture' functionality is the most clear example.
3. The UI is super intuitive. No instructions needed - I am sure there are tons of things to discover, but usage is obvious.
4. The ability to integrate with all providers AND use it without changing TV inputs is game-changing.
5. The Sony remote looks clunky... but it isn't. It is intuitive, easy to hold and great to for browsing / content input.
6. It's bad news for universal remotes (like Logitech): this is bluetooth and controls television, cable and Google TV. Unless you buy Logitech's Google TV product, there isn't a need for an expensive supplemental remote.
7. It's a ton of fun. Can't overstate this.