All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google TV’
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins next week, and you can expect a bunch of new Google TV-related offerings to be showcased. Google just announced new offerings to be unveiled by a handful of partners. For one, LG has become Google’s fourth major TV manufacturing partner. The company will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running …
As the array of Apple devices has broadened, Apple has continually looked for ways to keep them connected to one another. One of the most recent examples of this trend is AirPlay, a feature that allows users to stream content from one device to another. For example, a video being played on an iPhone could be sent via AirPlay to …
Back in October, Google announced a big update for Google TV. Only now has it come to the Logitech Revue – the original device that Google TV launched on. Last month, Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca reportedly called Google TV “a big mistake,” and said the company would stop producing the Revue. “The initial version of Google TV wasn’t perfect, …
Google Music launched to the public this week, as you probably know by now. The company has now launched the Google Music App for Google TV. “The app syncs with your Google Music account in the cloud, so there is no need to stream from a computer or download songs to the TV,” explains Google TV Product Manager Jurek Foryciarz. …
Google announced a new software update for Google TV aimed at reaching four goals: keeping things simple, making it easier to find something worth watching, making YouTube better on TV, and bringing more apps to TV. “We look forward to announcing more hardware and chipset partnerships in the months ahead and shipping new devices at new price points in 2012,” …
Google announced the launch of a preview of a Google TV add-on for the Android SDK, which means that Google TV devices will be Android compatible, with an upcoming update to Android Honeycomb. That also means that developers can create Android apps designed for the television experience, or simply optimize existing Android apps for the bigger screen. Google TV hasn’t …
Google has acquired SageTV for an undisclosed sum. SageTV is a company that builds media center software. It is expected that the company’s efforts (which include DVR technology) will find their way into Google TV. An announcement on the SageTV site says: We’re thrilled to announce that SageTV has been acquired by Google. Since 2002, we’ve worked to change the …
Among numerous other things, Google announced at Google I/O today that Google TV will get Android 3.1 and Android Market soon (as in this summer). This would make total sense, as one of today’s announcements was the launch of movie rentals in the Android Market. Perhaps this is just what Google TV needs to get going. Yesterday, the company announced …
DISH Network and parent company EchoStar have agreed to a half-billion dollar settlement with TiVo over litigation regarding DVR patents. A couple weeks ago, a federal appeals court decision ordering DISH and EchoStart to shut down DVRs due to their infringement upon TiVo patents was upheld. It’s worth noting that this would have only affected older models of DISH DVRs, …
Google announced the launch of an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod (those running iOS 3 or higher) that turns the device into a remote control for Google TV. This is a capability that has been available for Android, but Google wants as many people using Google TV as possible, and this should at least reduce some potential friction …
Google TV got off to a rough start, but its fortunes may soon improve thanks to Samsung Electronics. A new rumor indicates that the organization, which is the largest electronics company in the world, could start to integrate Google TV software into its products.
Popular products are almost always difficult to get around Christmas, with high demand causing stores to run out of bestsellers. Unfortunately for a certain search giant, it’s starting to sound like a lot of items incorporating Google TV tech were allowed to collect dust. Rumors indicate Logitech even asked a supplier to stop shipping Revue units.
Apple announced that it expects sales of Apple TV to top one million units later this week.
Apple TV has a few things working to its advantage. The main one is the price. It’s only $99, compared to the first Google TV set-top box – the Logitech Revue, which is on sale (at Best Buy) for $249.99 with a regular price of $299.99.
Today, Google began pushing out its first software update for Google TV. The update fixed a few bugs, and added some other new interesting features.
Logitech has a new ad for its Revue device (the set-top box/Blu-Ray player with Google TV) that has Kevin Bacon playing a guy that is a huge Kevin Bacon fan in what quite possibly is some of Kevin Bacon’s finest work to date.
Maybe this ad is just what Google TV needs to pick itself up after a disappointing launch.
Don’t hold your breath, and skip crossing your fingers, too, since you’ll likely need your digits for something else before an agreement’s reached. But it looks possible that Google TV will still be able to strike a deal with at least one major network, as a Disney exec has admitted that discussions are taking place.
Much like its competitors (ABC, CBS, and NBC) Fox has decided to block Google TV from accessing its website to stream video content. Currently if you go to any of the networks website you’re met with an error message that reads, “This content is not compatible with your device“. Does it make any sense that networks are blocking content from …
Developers with an interest in Google TV might want to start clearing space in their dens for a set-top unit. Google’s announced that it intends to give away a whopping 10,000 Logitech Revue devices in order to spur interest in the Google TV ecosystem.
We should note that Google’s not just trying to get apps built; this promotion is designed more to encourage the optimization (or creation) of websites for Google TV users.
It’s no secret that Google TV is having a rougher launch then some might have envisioned. (Some users have even said that it’s the first Google product that needs the "beta" label but doesn’t have it.) Mark Cuban has even blogged about how Google TV could hand Netflix the entire streaming universe.
Not only is Hulu being blocked on Google TV, but so is the content at network sites like ABC, NBC, and CBS. Essentially, the TV stations are just blocking people from watching their content on the web (via their own sites). I’m having a hard time figuring out why this makes sense for a variety of reasons.
First of all, Google TV is simply providing a web browser for users to access web content on their TVs. With regard to the content, it’s no different than if you were to hook up your computer to your TV and go to these stations’ sites.
Google launched a new Google TV site today, and announced some new content and app partnerships. A few of the apps that will come pre-installed on Google TV devices are Twitter, Pandora, and Netflix.
Each of these companies is talking about their respective Google TV experiences today. From the sounds of it, users are going to be in for some cool things.
Dell and Google have worked together a lot over the years, from the time they partnered on a toolbar in 2006 to when Dell’s CEO flashed an Android-powered tablet earlier this week. As for what’s next, it seems possible they’ll coordinate something related to Google TV.
One of the people responsible for Netflix’s jaw-dropping selection of content now works for Google, according to a new report. Indeed, Robert Kyncl should even hold the important title (and position) "Vice President of Content Partnerships" at the search giant.
Google said right from the beginning (Google I/O in May) that Google TV would be available in time for the holidays. They were never specific about the when, however. A week ago, Eric Schmidt confirmed that Google TV would be out this fall. A day or two later, Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly said that Google TV devices should start shipping as soon as this month.
Google has a post on its Public Policy blog talking about moving forward on white spaces. As the company notes, the five current FCC Commissioners will soon meet to set final technical rules for white spaces.
When Google unveiled Google TV at Google I/O in May, the company said it would be out for the holidays. CEO Eric Schmidt is now saying more specifically, this autumn, according to Reuters. It’s unclear whether this is ahead of the originally planned schedule or if it was always intended to be Autumn (as opposed to Winter), but Apple’s release of Apple TV may provide a little motivation to get Google TV on the market as soon as possible.
When Google TV launches, don’t look for all – or maybe any – of the major networks to throw parties or send fruit baskets. A new report indicates that Google’s had little luck convincing the networks to partner with it.
Jessica E. Vascellaro wrote earlier this morning, "In recent weeks, Google has met with officials of TV networks including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to encourage them to work with the service, according to people familiar with the matter." Which is kind of good news, since it at least shows a dialogue is taking place.
As the world waits for Google TV to be unleashed this holiday season, Yahoo is doing its best to remind consumers that it already has a foot firmly in the space. The company did so when Google made its announcement, and now on the heels of a survey released by iSuppli last week, they’re at it again.
Logitech has started a contest to promote Google TV, the upcoming service for which Logitech is a launch partner. The contest is called "Host with the Most", and asks if "you have what it takes to be a ‘host with the most’ for Logitech Revue with Google TV?"
Logitech Revue is the company’s set-top box that will help the Google TV service launch (alongside TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony).
Google has posted a new video showing off Google TV. Those who watched the keynote at Google I/O won’t see much new here, but it does show some of the different things you can do with it that previous videos didn’t show. It shows actual footage, rather than animation, anyway.
Google TV made something of a splash when it was first announced, earning bloggers’ approval and even some early commitments from would-be buyers. Then everyone moved on to the next big news story. But today, a Forrester analyst returned to the subject, claiming Google TV "is a bigger deal than you think."
Apple CEO Steve Jobs thinks Google’s television efforts with Google TV are going to fail. At least that’s the impression he gave earlier in the week, speaking at All Things Digital’s D8 conference when an audience member asked him about TV.
Do you think Google TV is destined to fail, or does its outlook look better than its predecessors? Tell us what you think.
While there are other mobile operating systems that shouldn’t be ignored (Blackberry for one), there are two that seem to get the most attention, and that may end up competing most for user and marketer attention above the rest in the foreseeable future. These are of course the iPhone OS and the Android OS.
Which will you place more focus on: iPhone or Android? Let us know.
Last week at Google I/O, Google TV was announced by the company, along with its launch partners DISH Network, Sony, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, and Logitech. Just after the unveiling presentation was given, WebProNews spoke with Ashish Arora, the Vice President and General Manager of Logitech Digital Home, about Logitech’s role in the service.
During the final day of Google I/O last week, we saw Google unveil Google TV along with its launch partners Adobe, Logitech, Intel, Best Buy, Dish Network, and Sony. The CEOs of each of these companies made their appearances and spoke with Google CEO Eric Schmidt on stage about what Google’s offering will mean to the future of television, as well as what each of their respective offerings would bring to the table.
During the keynote at Google I/O last week, in which Google introduced both Google TV and the latest version of Android (Froyo), VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra talked about advertising with regards to mobile (and this was before the AdMob acquisition got the green light from the FTC).
A few days ago Google unleashed Google TV upon the world, and got a lot of people talking. Not everyone has been impressed initially, as Google is certainly not the first company to blend television and the web. However, having been present during the keynote presentation in which Google TV was introduced, I can tell you, there was a lot of excitement in the room (despite Google’s connectivity problems during the demonstration).