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Last month, we covered AT&T's decision to impose caps on its previous unlimited Internet service plans. An estimated 56 percent of Americans now pay for bandwidth-capped service, almost always at the same price point that once allowed them unlimited bandwidth. Now, toss in the fact that you can't swing a dead cat two feet without smacking into another company eagerly talking about 'cloud services.' The offers are varied, the promises inflated, and the terminology uncertain. In virtually every case, today's cloud services are nothing more than what we used to call 'web storage' or 'sharing content... Read more...
Google TV hasn't exactly been lighting up living rooms with Internet-enhanced television goodness, but an influx of fresh software might be in store. Google has just acquired Sage TV, which has been producing its own proprietary DVR software since 2002. Sage TV's software runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Google TV doesn't have DVR or placeshifting functionality, which Sage TV provides (placeshifting = Slingbox, basically). No financial terms have been announced. So far, it's only been announced via a post on Sage TV's website. However, although Sage TV has been reasonably successful on its... Read more...
You may have forgotten about Google TV. We can't really blame you, nor can we say that Google TV has really been able to gain traction in the market. Google has shown a willingness to push things out into the market without actually knowing how it'll turn out; Android has taken off and become a huge success, while things like Buzz, Wave and Google TV have faltered. That said, GTV is still around in some fashion, and some folks are definitely still using it. And if you're one of those people, this new development is for you. Early on, Google released an Android application that enabled one's phone... Read more...
As of today, Sony is the only company producing televisions with Google TV built right in. There's a Logitech Revue box for adding Google TV capabilities to existing television sets, but Sony is the only one out there making entire TVs based around Google TV. But they won't have that advantage for too long. While Sony's Google TV-based sets will definitely fly off of shelves this holiday season, Samsung will soon be giving Sony a lot of needed competition. Samsung stands as the world's largest TV maker, and they're planning to make an announcement in January (maybe at CES?) that they will be producing... Read more...
The Google TV craze is just now getting started, and while Google is battling with NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX to enable users to view content via Google TV devices, other companies seems more than eager to do business with the search giant. Many companies are optimizing their apps and websites for use on Google TV; it's a great way to get users to experience something that they otherwise wouldn't bother to try. By getting into the Google TV spotlight, it enables Google TV users everywhere to hop in and get started with an app or content portal. And while Google TV is obviously focused on television,... Read more...
Most of the major television networks—CBS, ABC, and NBC, as well as Hulu.com—have blocked Google TV's from accessing their online offerings, on the grounds that allowing users to watch videos at CBS.com damages the website's ability to earn revenue. The networks' stance almost guarantees that the question of what is and isn't blockable will end up in court—but irate Google TV owners and hackers in general aren't waiting for a legal decision. According to a recent blog post on the subject, the Google TV block isn't based on a browser string or on the technical capabilities of the... Read more...
With smartphones and iPods, game consoles and PCs, e-readers and tablets, Americans now spend a truly mind-boggling number of hours each week watching TV, even more than the mega-hours they spent as couch potatoes last year. Online viewing means far fewer commercials and broadcasters have begun to fight back and eliminate free TV shows on the Web. News Corp's Fox set off a firestorm when it blocked online access to popular shows like "Glee" to 2.6 million Cablevision Systems broadband Internet subscribers last weekend. This was part of a fee dispute over how much Cablevision pays Fox for the rights... Read more...
Networks may be blocking Google TV for now, but it should come as no surprise that Google is quickly working to try to negotiate with television networks in order to gain access to shows. According to Reuters, a source familiar with the matter said Google is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their websites on Google TV. As you'll recall, three of the nation's largest TV broadcasters have blocked the Web-based versions of their shows from being viewed through Google's Web TV service. Currently, Walt Disney Co (owners of ABC and ESPN), CBS, and NBC Universal... Read more...
With no deals in place, this really should not be a surprise. Networks are blocking those using Google TV to access their websites from viewing content, such as full-length episodes, which can normally be viewed on a browser. For example, you can go to CBS' website and watch full-length episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Not, however, if you use Google TV to browse to the site. Spokespeople for the three networks confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that they are blocking Google TV from playing the episodes on their websites, although both ABC and NBC are allowing promotional clips to... Read more...
Hello, beautiful! That's the first impression we had when Sony officially revealed their newest device, which is being introduced in concert with Google. The Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV (that's the full name) was sort of introduced back in May, but no pricing or details were available. Basically, that was just letting the world know that Sony was onboard with Google's "Google TV" idea. Now, the details are out. Logitech's Revue was first to debut, but that wasn't a complete package. It's designed to work with any television out there. Sony's Google TV solution is different, and it won't... Read more...
Google TV. It lives! While the world waits for Chrome OS to actually become a reality, Google TV is wasting no time getting into living rooms everywhere. Up until today, Google TV was still mostly a mystery. We generally knew that it would bring search to the television, but Boxee's user interface already does as well. Now, Logitech has fully revealed the first full Google TV kit, and it's all becoming a lot clearer. The Logitech Revue is only part of the story, with a full line of controllers, a TV Cam and a Vid HD video calling service rounding out the effort. The Revue is an HDMI-equipped set-top... Read more...
It's been about five months since Google TV was announced at Google I/O, and the company has been quiet since then. However, on Monday the hype machine spun up with more details, which pretty much points to a launch nearing (though we already were anticipating a fall launch). First, Google finally created a Google TV website which as you might expect, is at http://www.google.com/tv/. Also, in a blog post, Google TV product manager and developer Ambarish Kenghe announced a number of content partners, and the steps the partners have taken to optimize their content, and the Android apps they have... Read more...
In typical fashion, Intel kicked off IDF 2010 with a couple of keynote addresses headlined by the company’s President and CEO, Paul Otellini, and the GM of the Intel Architecture Group David “Dadi” Perlmutter. Topics of the keynote addresses included everything from Sandy Bridge to WiDi, and a myriad of others in between, but the main theme that permeated the entire conversation was how Intel is changing or plans to change moving forward.   Details on Intel's second generation Core processor, Intel's ongoing development efforts with GoogleTV and a host of other hands-on demos... Read more...
In typical fashion, Intel kicked off IDF 2010 with a couple of keynote addresses headlined by the company’s President and CEO, Paul Otellini, and GM of the Intel Architecture Group David “Dadi” Perlmutter. Topics of the keynote addresses included everything from Sandy Bridge to WiDi, and a myriad of others in between, but the main theme that permeated the entire conversation was how Intel is changing or plans to change moving forward.          Mr. Otellini began his presentation by talking about the huge growth in internet-connected smart devices... Read more...
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