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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 are blocking access from Google TV. Fox has not yet decided whether or not it will block access... 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 play. According to the WSJ, they were told by sources that at least Disney (ABC's parent company)... 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 be for everyone. Sony has designed an entire television to work with Google TV, with this line of... 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 box that ships with a Logitech Keyboard Controller; the other devices are optional accessories.... 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 https://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 created for Google TV. Among the partners announced on Monday were: Turner Broadcasting, including... 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 were presented.  Intel's highly integrated Sandy Bridge CPU is looking strong and on track... 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 and how the PC market has changed in such a way that the conversation is no longer centered on the “one... Read more...
In a bid for attention (and money) from high tech couch potatoes, Google TV might be launching sooner than you think. According to comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, Google TV devices will "start shipping this month," though it's not entirely clear if he meant consumers will actually be able to purchase these devices this month or if hardware vendors are starting to shuttle their devices to retail partners. Either way, Google TV is coming and things are starting to heat up in the living room. Apple recently unveiled its refreshed Apple TV platform, which mainly consists of a $99 set-top box that's available for purchase now and ships in 3-4 weeks. Regardless of what Otellini meant, Google... Read more...
Did Google miss a critical opportunity? Some might say they did. Google has obviously capitalized on quite a number of market openings, paving the way for true smartphone competition with Android, putting Yahoo! and MSN on their toes with Google search, and putting Yahoo! Mail as well as Hotmail on guard with Gmail. And that's just the beginning. Google is also doing their best to bring cloud applications into the mainstream, with the Google Document suite putting serious pressure on Microsoft's Office suite. But no one needs to tell you that Google is on top of their game. Google is even looking to revolutionize the television industry and content delivery business with Google TV.  In fact,... Read more...
Sony and Android, just like two peas in a pod? Sony Ericsson has been known to install Android on select phones, but that's really the extent of the relationship up until now. But after Google's Google TV announcement last week, it seems as Sony and Google are now signed up to be buddy-buddy in a lot of respects. What we're looking at here is quite possibly yet another tech shift that'll have a ripple effect throughout this decade. Outside of storing files for access elsewhere, the "cloud" really hasn't had a second purpose worth focusing on. But with names like Google, Microsoft and now Sony getting behind it, we could very well see an explosion of cloud-enabled applications and devices. Both... Read more...
Google managed to score quite a few big partners with their Google TV launch, with Intel and Sony being two key partners in moving the technology forward into the mainstream. But for those who don't want to purchase any entirely new television this fall with a CE4100 processor and the Google TV app onboard, they'll need a set-top box to connect to their existing setup. For that, there's Logitech. This whole situation feels a little bit like when Microsoft first launched "Extenders for Windows Media Center" at CEDIA a few years ago, but those boxes eventually failed and are pretty much relics today. Google's hoping to have a lot more success with their own STB, with Logitech selected to be the... Read more...
Yesterday, Google's biggest reveal at Google I/O was Google TV. It's still sort of a fuzzy product, and it's hard to aptly describe in just a few words. It's definitely aiming to be the "next big thing" in television, and the only way it will ever have a huge impact is to join up with known names in the industry in order to get into more homes. Teaming with DISH Network at first is a wise move, but there's no Google TV without an Intel CE4100 processor to run the custom Android app/Chrome browser. You can either buy a set-top box for this and connect it to your existing television, or you can get the functionality (and hardware) built right into your next TV. Sony hopes you'll go for the latter... Read more...
Google's own I/O conference in California is wrapping up today, but not before the company goes out with a serious bang. To our knowledge, Google is about the only technology company out there today that is big enough to throw their own party and get people to come, aside from Apple of course. One of the major announcements from today's keynote speech was something that had been rumored for awhile: Google TV. Unlike what we had heard earlier, there's not going to be a special Google TV set-top box, at least not yet. Basically, Google is taking the Apple TV concept, but going way overboard by introducing apps, screen customization and channel searching. Google is really, really good at two main... Read more...
We've been joking for years now that Google is taking over the world. Slowly but surely, our laugh is growing dim, because it actually does actually look like Google is doing their best to achieve global domination. First it was search domination, then it was e-mail domination, then it was breaking into the clean energy market, then announcing a 1Gbps Internet service, and now they're planning to invade your TV set. It's not quite 2012, but boy if it doesn't feel like it.According to new reports, Google has teamed with Intel and Sony (two obviously huge names in the media and technology industries) in order to develop a platform, which is rather unimaginatively named Google TV. The goal is to... Read more...
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