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March 18, 2010

Google TV


New York Times reports that Google has partnered with Intel and Sony to create a TV platform powered by Android.

"Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes. (...) The partners envision technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like the Twitter social network and the Picasa photo site, as it is to change the channel. Google intends to open the Google TV platform, which is based on its Android operating system for cellphones, to software developers in the hopes of spurring the same creativity that the consumers have seen in phone apps."

The idea is not new, as many other companies tried to bring the Web to the TV. YouTube already has a version for large screens, Google already sells TV advertising and there are many Google apps that could improve the TV experience. New York Times says that Google's software will include a new interface for YouTube, a browser and other Android apps that will extend the functionality.

"Google has built a prototype set-top box, but the technology may be incorporated directly into TVs or other devices, like Blu-ray players. (...) A person with knowledge of the Google TV project said that the set-top box technology was sufficiently advanced that Google had begun testing it with Dish Network, one of Google's longstanding partners in the TV Ads program."

43 comments:

  1. Wow. Another area Google wants to dominate. And will after while.

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  2. I think Google should follow what Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman point out in Manufacturing Consent when it comes to media. The US media is no better than China when considering the propaganda model.

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  3. Wait, I see someone running up to Google headquarters, he's yelling "I invented the TV, I INVENTED THE TV, STOP, it's MINE!"

    Yes, it's Steve Jobs.

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  4. Great news for the Dish TV or Satellite TV users. The TV users will become the internet users simultaneously. It will going to be a great experience . It will increase the internet use a huge degree. I think it will be not very complected using google tv and the use of set-top box .

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  5. Google itself is great service provider and it is incorporate with the company like Sony and Intel , the project will definitely successful. Now the Direct TV users will be able use Internet in their TV's while watching program.

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  6. Actually TV is an entertainment that can be accessed from all over the world with very ease , if google start taking interest in stuff like these i think entertainment like these will soon hit the limit of the skies.

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  7. As good as I think Google products generally are (and I do mean GENERALLY)I'm afraid of google's masive development/marketing engine crushing an already promising open source platform for viewing a variety of digital and analog content on the TV platform: MythTV
    http://www.mythtv.org/detail/mythtv

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  8. Google into TV broadcasting...this should be interesting. Wonder if it will be free?

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  9. I was about to ask why they wouldn't even consider using Chrome OS for this, it would be a perfect use-case for this, but then i read the end and saw that they already have prototypes built for it. Damn that was fast.

    With those 3, well, technically 4 with Dish Network, it has a lot of potential to work.
    I have used one of those internet boxes for TV before and it was an awful experience simply due to the awful browser.
    But considering Google has pretty much made their own browser now, it won't be much of a problem.

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  10. The Dish Network box they talked about, sounds like the new 922 that supposed to be released later this summer. It has Sling built into it, and a full web browser, and can be had with a wireless keyboard.
    As for Google being a major player in the tv space, it wouldn't surprise me if they can get manufactures and content providers on board. They could be the ones to help turn the industry around.
    You can read my ideas on tech and media on my blog;

    http://kennethlawson.blogspot.com/

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  11. Youtube XL is sweet, was not aware of this until now, many thanks.

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  12. Whatever google offer will almost certainly be ad-funded - which is exactly what the TV market is rejecting, moving towards on-demand and TV-on-your-terms. I don't really see it.

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  13. Soon Google will have complete control of every technology we use. Google has gone from being a simple searchmachine to a boss of everything. And they want more, and they can get bigger, as long as the ads pay for their projects and not the consumers, just like they do it today.

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  14. has anyone thought what the input device would be? Android is mostly a touch screen and is designed to work with a keypad when present.. but i want to sit back and be lazy on my tv.

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  15. I'd like to see a set-top box that lets me set up profiles, like a computer... (for individuals, couples, or families).

    Give me a chance to rate my commercials, so I don't have to watch the ones I don't need/like again... and Google could learn "what I like" and send me more cool ads (like Pandora does with music).
    If a profile was set up for my kids, they wouldn't need to be exposed to alcohol and "prophylactics"... and they could let the 18+ commercials come through to adult profiles.

    Google makes money off ads - so why not let me bookmark and rate them. I don't want to be able to put down my remote, just so I feel like I have control over what drivel is shoveled onto my screen during commercial breaks.

    I don't think the TV will ever replace a computer, but if it becomes more interactive and personalized - I'd rather sit back and control it with a remote than use a keyboard and literally spell out what I want to watch.

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  16. ek damm jhakkass!!(wonderful idea)..here we need some gesture recognition based input entity... then it will make exciting..

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  17. They can release this as an update on the PS3. That would be SO awesome!

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  18. Poor macbeach above doesn't seem to really understand history, recent or current.

    Apple did make many different interactive tv devices back in the 90s -- about 20 years ahead of time... here's a recent presser on one of them sold on e-bay: http://www.tuaw.com/2010/05/05/prototype-apple-interactive-tv-box-appears-on-ebay/

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  19. So excited! Expect the tv world to be shaken and stirred by this development. Watch your favorite tv shows on sites like ganzefolgen.de (this one in Germany only) and bypass networks woth traditional serial programming. Now we choose what to watch and when ourselves. I expect Google Tv to make the giant leap from internet to the tv set

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  20. So excited. I hope this comes to India :-)

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  21. Excited news! Hope it becomes operational ASAP! Throw that old cable away!

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  22. Why a "rich" TV device? Why not a stateless device? like a Zero-Client or "Zero-TV"? maybe is more strategical alliances instead Cloud innovation?

    Google TV doesn't need set-top boxes or complicated chips inside the TV. That's only make the TVs more expensive. Just only one Internet connection and Virtualized Chrome OS.

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  23. This would be a flop!!!!! All the set top boxes might be rendered useless, unless they provide a comprehensive tool which interacts with all the media at home.. It should have streaming option to stream music and videos from my other laptops or computers. I don't want to spend more money just for this one feature.. It should be a complete media center in on piece.

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  24. Is this a free tv ?

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  25. This will be great but will it be world wide?

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  26. GO GOOGLE!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Go gooooogle!!!!!!!!! Bring web tv back to life!!! And throw away cable!!!!! From, john Wilson in fairfield, ohio

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  28. Go googleee...... You are capturing the entertainment world.

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  29. Google will take over the world(of information). They will rule out our world, soon.

    You can see that Google try to tie their business in to your daily life.

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  30. this is the new era of technology. and google is the main actor!

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  31. When will google release google politics??

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  32. It is worldwide or region wide? and is it free?

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  33. The interesting question is if Google TV can offer movies for free. See Google TV, content for free.

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  34. I love it! Google and Dish Network together opens up so much for consumers. DISH has some great specials now and Google TV just enhances it.

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  35. When will Google allow the $80 Realtec powered Ethernet-connected set-top-boxes get access to the full Youtube API for up to 1080p Youtube streaming on such devices?

    When do we get Android on set-top-boxes?

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  36. Google TV is definitely opening a new segment offering with browser capability and flash to bring web to TV. But the current package with its additional cost and current backlash by major studio sounds trouble. Seems newer improved software in waiting, with Google asking TV vendors to delay their Google enabled TVs

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  37. If you haven't already, check out the Dish Network-Google TV special offer http://dishnetwork-dishtv.blogspot.com/2010/12/dish-network-google-tv-special-offer.html DISH customers will save $120 on the purchase of a Logitech Revue for Google TV.

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  38. Google TV rock!! I love it and I'm very happy I got the special deal with DISH.

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  39. I don't think web based TV will soon be catching up with conventional TV

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  40. I think NetFlix will be their biggest competition on this. I don't think companies like the idea of Google owning the world.

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  41. that will soo great actually the thing is that now a days most apps related to online tv are paid and if google is contributing than i hope it will be free :)

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