More recently we have seen TVs with built-in support for specific online services, but that can cause discontent if only Brand X is supported but a potential or actual owner favours Brand Y.
Building a standards-based and extendible browser such as Chrome into a modern flat-screen TV has the potential to get around these issues. You can use virtually any web site, or playback practically any kind of digital media.
It seems quite possible - perhaps even probable - that Google TV was the motivation for building Adobe's Flash into recent builds of Chrome, a move that caused disquiet in some circles.
Google TV's not just about web content - please read on.