Coming Soon: Search Your TV With Google And Android?


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Dish Network are working together on a set-top box that will contain Google software, allowing users to search their local listings in addition to the web, directly from their television. Sounds like a neat idea… but imagine if you throw Android into the mix.


Press your dish network app, connect to your local TV and have your pre-selected favorite stations and recording history sitting right in front of you. Watching American Idol? Vote for your favorite contestants right from your phone. Know that your favorite team is playing in a big game but can’t find the channel? Search their name and in ADDITION to getting their game, pull up stats, recent game highlights, scores, schedules, rankings, chat rooms and more – all based on your Google search.

The entire last paragraph is pure speculation, but while a few years ago this was just a “concept” that seemed far away, today it is definitely a potential reality. Dish Network isn’t exactly the largest service provider of the bunch, so I imagine they’re attempting to use Google just as T-Mobile did: to improve and differentiate their service from competitors by taking an untraditional risk. In my mind it isn’t a risk but a calculated benefit at the cost of giving up a certain amount of control.

There are already a lot of Apps out there which help to integrate your Android phone and TV… and as time goes on that will be more and more the case.

Rob Jackson
I'm an Android and Tech lover, but first and foremost I consider myself a creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for ideas of all sizes. I'm a sports lover who cheers for the Orange (College), Ravens (NFL), (Orioles), and Yankees (long story). I live in Baltimore and wear it on my sleeve, with an Under Armour logo. I also love traveling... where do you want to go?

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  1. great ideas!!
    It would be ubber sweet if they go down the road of connecting to its slingbox tech and you could watch dvr/live tv on the android.

  2. I’ve been waiting for this ever since Motorola joined the OHA. They already make receivers for cable and satellite tv that have abysmally crappy software; why not just throw android on them and develop a “TV guide” app of sorts.

  3. Likin it. This could definitely turn into something huge. For both companies

  4. Where’s the google buzz link….. this is buzzable!

  5. Interesting project. I never really had a problem with search on my tv since if it’s not broadcasted, it’s not on. But if they include youtube, I guess that’s a different arena.

  6. Sounds like an interesting project.
    I can’t wait to see what they come up with :)
    I hope it will be global and not just in one place.

  7. Ya know, not to be a party popper, but if they really want to kick butt over cable then they need to bundle in boxee into their set-top box instead of android. I love android, but do I really care about search on my TV. I care about search on my laptop, my phone and maybe were applicable, but seriously Search? It’s not the search gold rush of the early 2000’s its all about New media. Focus on being an entertainment company and slap Boxee on your box and you’ll kill cable and your competitors.

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