Oh noes! No more Fox on Google TV! This will surely cause the Pleideans to finally overrun the earth. Clearly us humans are not capable of getting along. Hopefully the aliens above know that two of the world’s largest media conglomerates haven’t taken the same stance as Disney or NBC Universal. Both Time Warner’s and Viacom’s entire web library works just fine on Google TV and will… → Read More
Google TV Product Manger Rishi Chandra took the stage today to talk about Google TV, Google’s recent effort to integrate television and Internet browsing. Google TV has recently become the subject of much debate as networks like NBC, CBS and ABC have all pulled their content from the service. Cable companies are also viewing Google TV as a threat, as they are increasingly concerned with… → Read More
In my mind, Google TV is about the most interesting product idea in recent gadget history. It’s poised, ready, not to disrupt the TV industry, but rather provide consumers true on-demand options with no extra work on the networks’ part. There’s nothing particularly novel about Google TV, but the whole concept is wrapped up as such a nice package that’s it’s hard not to like it — that is, if you… → Read More
Google TV is a sad clown right. All dressed up and ready to have fun, but performing in a cemetery. Hulu is blocked, along with all the network’s sites. Comcast’s Hulu-feed Fancast video portal worked for a couple of days but then the almighty overlords shut that down too. Google TV Search, which could be Google’s most useful and novel 2010 product, is pretty much useless right now. But there is… → Read More
Sorry, folks. Someone clearly couldn’t keep their mouth shut and let it slip that Fancast.com was Google TV‘s backdoor to Hulu. The majority of the content no longer streams to Google TV units like it did just last week. NBC, ABC, Fox — it’s all blocked. Only Viacom’s content still works, but that’s too be expected considering the partnership between Google and the media conglomerate.
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Hold up. Google TV isn’t totally a lost cause and it’s all because of the generosity of Comcast. Fancast, or xfinity as Comcast would like it now to be called, streams just about everything to Google TV: ABC, NBC, Fox, all but CBS shows seem to work just fine. The ironic part is that the content seems to be provided by Hulu itself judging by the logo above all the videos. But let’s keep this on… → Read More
There’s a fair amount of misconceptions and fallacies circling about Google TV. Let’s put some of those to bed, eh? Both John and I are here to answer anything you might have about the system. Of course, you could always check out our full review along with our other coverage, but please use the comments below to shoot us your burning questions. We have both the Logitech and Sony… → Read More
Batten down the hatches, netizens! At a streaming media conference yesterday, Dish Network Vice-President of Online Content Development and Strategy, Bruce Eisen, said that sites like Hulu, which allow Internet users to watch certain television programming (and sometimes for free), may well destroy the television industry as we know it. That’s a bad thing if you’re Dish Network, but what if you’re… → Read More
A good chunk of Google TV runs inside a browser. Besides the main menu, everything else like the search, web apps, and a lot more are simply webpages and search queues. This means that you can essentially try out the service — or integrate some of it into your HTPC — right now. This hit me shortly after I posted our full review and I managed to grab the URLs of two of Google TV’s main products… → Read More
My family and I have been living with a Google TV for a few days now and since I first installed it, I’ve come up some clever titles for this post. They’ve ranged from snarky to just plain mean, and, well, since I can’t decide on just one, I went with the boring one above. I can’t let all these classy titles go to waste. That wouldn’t be fair, and so, here are some of the nicer ones:
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Google TV, more an internal project than a real business unit, has been moved under YouTube manager Salar Kamangar. This means little in terms of real change to the platform but it will give Google TV, thus far plagued with refusals by many content providers to allow streaming over the device, a bit more leverage with stations and studios. → Read More
Google TV is now out there in the wild. There’s no indication of how it’s selling just yet, but my hunch is that like early Android, it may be some time before sales really take off. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering that the platform is built on top of Android. But there aren’t a lot of apps and sites yet that are tailored for these new devices. They need more. And they know the way to… → Read More
Our buddies at iFixIt have torn down the Logitech Revue Google TV box and found what amounts to be a mini computer powered by an Intel Atom CE4150 1.2 GHz processor. Oddly enough, for a device with no storage space, it contains 5GB of NAND flash. → Read More
We had a special guest for this week’s episode of OMG/JK, the show I host alongside fellow writer Jason Kincaid: the new MacBook Air. If you’ve been waiting to see two guys endlessly fawn over something, watch above.
And once we wiped the drool off of our faces, we also discussed Kleiner Perkins’ new sFund, the $250 million fund to back new social applications. And we talk a bit about the Google… → Read More
Got Google TV? Well now you can get root. This isn’t a full root access, mind you, but it’s a start. AndroidForums user Apeman shows us how to access the GoogleTV’s recovery menu and there is a tempting entry in the menu allowing for USB uploads. This means, in short, that eventually someone will be able to figure out how to add homebrew apps to Google TV.
The title of this post is both a very old idea and a very new one. With the prevalence of fiber connectivity and pervasive broadband speeds, this year has been a hot one for bringing together the home computer and the living room TV. While companies like Apple and Google battle over share of TV viewers, they have left open and promoted the web for content distributors to control their own… → Read More
Today in “Old media versus the Internet,” the Wall Street Journal reports that major studios ABC (owned by Disney), CBS (part of CBS Corp) and NBC (owned by GE) have joined Hulu in blocking Google TV from accessing the available television episodes on their websites.
Various timeworn concerns such as lack of a viable business model for content owners, content being cannibalized by the Internet… → Read More
I’ve seen the future and it begins on my sofa with Google TV.
It isn’t uncommon among geeks to have your PC (or Mac) wired to your TV. A decent audio-out cable, an HDMI cable and you’re good to go. With this simple setup and a few tweaks to your TV’s input and display settings, you can watch YouTube videos (or anything else)—and that’s pretty cool.
The first Google TV-powered HDTV is here. The Sony Internet TV line drops at four different sizes, 24, 32, 40, and 46, but all come packing the Google TV goodness. The whole package is just about as you would expect it. → Read More
You can’t see it, but I’m tapping out over here. Why? Because for the life of me I cannot understand the hype surrounding Google TV (and by extension, the Logitech Revue and other, similar items). It’s not that I’m anti-Google TV—that would be silly—it’s just that I don’t “get it,” for lack of a better phrase. → Read More
We got our first big blast of Google TV retail goodness today with Logitech’s Revue media blitz. But just because they’re the first doesn’t mean they’re the only ones with GTV power. No, far from it. We’ve been looking forward to Sony’s sleek-looking in-TV set for some time now, and although they’re not going to be officially detailed until the 12th, the juiciest bits have just been leaked: price… → Read More
As I said, it’s Logitech‘s day today, and now it’s time for other companies to piggyback on all the goodwill. Dish Network has two main bits of info for us this afternoon: one, that it’ll be selling the Logitech Revue, and two, that if you’re a subscriber you’re potentially looking at a nice little discount. Nothing wrong with that. → Read More
Logitech has won the afternoon~! It’s showing off the Revue, and it seems to replicate many of the features of the device I’m currently using: a computer. (I suppose the blame there lies with Google TV, not Logitech.) In any event, there’s a number of accessories that will be available alongside the Revue that may interest you. They’re all available to pre-order right now. → Read More
Here it, ladies and gents. The Logitech Revue. The device’s minisite just went live ahead of the official unveiling at 3:00 PM EDT today and that’s fine by us. The site itself doesn’t talk all that much about Google TV — at least there isn’t anything here that wasn’t on the Google TV minisite — rather it’s devoted to Logitech’s Google TV… → Read More
Remember the Phantom gaming console saga? You know the gaming system that promised the world and eventually turned into vapor besides the clever lapboard? Well, the company is still around and actually have a chance to make a comeback thanks to Google TV. → Read More
I am very excited for Google TV. There is no question that I’ll be getting one of the units (probably the Sony Blu-ray one) as soon as it’s available. I know it’s not the full-on cable-killer I’m looking for, but I see it as a potential way to help wean people off of cable and move beyond the cable companies. We need to kill those guys and their crap service — we’ve been addicted for far too… → Read More
Google launched the Google TV minisite yesterday ahead of the official launch. It answered a bunch of questions, but not all of them. In some ways, it brought up some topics I previously hadn’t thought about as well like if it will playback content from local network shares and what content partnerships are in place.
While it’s clear that Google is on the right path, I’m not entirely sure Google… → Read More
Until now, Google TV has somewhat been a mystery. Capabilities were announced and some screenshots made their way onto the web. But there really hasn’t been a solid demo or informative site about the upcoming platform. Thankfully Google just launched the Google TV minisite that actually reveals a bunch of details including that Twitter, Pandora, Netflix, and a bunch of other apps are on their way… → Read More