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Can Google TV on the Logitech Revue Turn You Into Kevin Bacon?
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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. 

Disney Still In Google TV Talks

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.

Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon Fox Jumps On The “Block Google TV” Bandwagon
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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 …

Google Announces 10,000-Unit Google TV Giveaway
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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.

Former Google Employee: Flying Easier Than Using Sony Google TV Remote
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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.

ABC, NBC, CBS Block Content from Viewers Using Google TV
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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. 

15 Reasons Google TV Will Make a Huge Impact on the Web
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Connected TV isn’t a new concept anymore, but it’s about to get way more interesting, courtesy of Google TV. WebProNews was there for the unveiling of the product at Google I/O back in May, and having seen it in person, I can tell you it’s pretty cool. 

Here’s What a Google TV Remote Looks Like
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ABC Nightline ran a story last evening about Google’s plans to take over the living room with Google TV. As you may know, Sony is one of the launch partners and will launch HD TVs and Blu-ray players supporting the service. 

Twitter, Pandora, and Netflix on Their New Google TV Apps

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. 

Everything You Want to Know About Google TV
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Google has set up a new site for Google TV, with a "quick tour" spotlighting the features. Many of these were on display at the product announcement at Google I/O earlier this year, but it’s still nice to be able to look at the details in one place. 

Dell Evaluating Google TV Tech

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.

Google Hires Netflix VP To Pursue Content Partnerships

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.

More Google TV Release Date Confusion
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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 Talks White Spaces, Google TV Coming 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. 

"If it gets the rules right, the Commission will have taken a huge step to put better and faster Internet connections in the hands of the public," says Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel.

 

Google TV to Arrive This Autumn
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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. 

Google TV Not A Hit With Major Networks

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.

Yahoo Expects Millions of OEM TVs/CE Devices to Ship with Yahoo in 2010 and 2011

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 Launches Contest to Find Help Promoting Google TV Device
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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).

Watching Netflix on Android is Only a Matter of Time
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A job listing for an "Android Video Playback Expert" under Partner Product Development has been spotted on the Netflix job listing page (via BGR > Nerdcast).

New Video Shows How Google TV Works
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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.

Watch here:

Forrester Analyst Lauds Google TV

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."