No. 4: Google TV
Price: $300 and up
Internet on the TV -- a dicey affair until this year -- happened in a big way with the help of some huge players. It's still dicey, but leaps and bounds better thanks to Google, Apple, Sony (Stock Quote: SNE) and Logitech (Stock Quote: LOGI).
Using Logitech's set-top Revue box and keyboard remote, Google has brought its Chrome browser to TV. As a milestone, this is big. As a user experience, it's not bad, although pulling actual shows in from the Net is troublesome. Hulu blocked the service; Netflix (Stock Quote: NFLX) videos couldn't be made to happen.
Still, it puts the Internet on the biggest screen in your house. What you do with it is a whole other thing. Google hasn't finalized its video rental business, but Amazon offers streaming videos.
Sony has integrated the Google TV box into a few TVs. A 46-inch Sony Google TV is offered for $1,400 at Best Buy (Stock Quote: BBY). And Apple's little puck of a set-top box is available for $99. This will be known as the year the Net met TV, but the bigger question is whether this is the year that consumers will care?