Google TV Becomes a Reality


It seems like we have been talking about Google TV for years. The project showed its head, fell off the radar, and then came back in a new rally of rumors revolving around the involvement of Sony and Intel. And now it is all official, the Google TV has been unveiled. Well let’s be clear, at least on Sony’s prodcuts it will be branded as “Sony Internet TV with Google” similar to how it works with handsets.

Google TV Home

Google TV Quick Search Results

This new initiative is aimed at making the TV and internet experience seamless, allowing for easy access to both television and internet content through a unified Google search. It’s built up around both Android and Chrome, so you’re getting the Android Market and all of its apps. The few they demoed looked good without any modification, but Google will be making some guidelines available for developers to use in creating apps that look great on big screen TVs.

Website developers can also get in on the game, and NBA.com was at the keynote to show off their new TV-geared site, which directly integrates future game schedules into your TV programming guide to set recordings straight from the website. You’re also getting full access to any Flash content you could want, thanks to some help from Adobe.

Google TV is bringing some really cool features to the home entertainment experience, but we have to wonder if it will really catch on when it is released in Fall 2010. Other companies have tried (and mostly failed) at making the web and apps available on televisions, but Google was quick to note that, and perhaps their take will be the one that succeeds. They have the right hardware partners lined up in Sony, Logitech, and Intel, and with Dish Network allowing deep integration with their service the big push may be enough to get it into households.

Google TV will be available in a line of TVs and a Blu-Ray player from Sony or as a set top box from Logitech that interfaces with your current cable or satellite box. Now who is ready to switch over from the standard remote to a nice bulky keyboard? Oh wait, you won’t have to because this one can be controlled directly from your Android handset. Coolest feature? You can push video and websites directly from your phone to your TV.

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  1. I will get the top box if the price is good. Internet on your tv is great. I have netflix, youtube, hulu, and a few more on my LG. It is difficult to do searches using a normal remote though so I can see this being really great.

  2. This is like a dream come true for me. I have been waiting for such a thing for years. I can’t wait till I see on sale. Great job Google.

  3. Any possibility of the PS3 which I already own being able to function as the set top box? probably not since you can’t run other OS’s on the PS3 anymore but hey it’s worth wishing for.

  4. Christ_oh_fur,Sony said they “don’t have any plans yet” for putting GTV on the PS3. I hope they do.

  5. I wonder if that GoogleTV search functionality will also display .tor results and manage your TV-related torrents a la Boxee?

  6. I wonder if we will be able to control GTV with an android phone?

  7. It would be incredible if via a firmware update my PS3s could be turned into google boxes, I would even pay a small fee for it. The feature would be greatly welcomed, although maybe difficult as there is no HDMI in for the cable box.

  8. @Dave, that would make perfect sense.

  9. @Dave, I heard from some site that is what they are talking about (engadget maybe). So you have an android, and word is iphone, app that can use the voice to text for your gtv.

  10. @Dave In the keynote for today, they show the use of phones as remotes. It can even support multiple phones at the same time, though how good of an idea that is I don’t know.

    If reasonably priced, I will definitely be getting this when it comes out.

  11. I would love to change my htpc into gtv boxes. Anyone know if that possible. will they have support for tv tuners already on the market like hauppauge?

  12. i wonder if i can install google tv on my home media pc like boxee or something

  13. Anyone care to take a guess at the price for the set top box from Logitech? I’ll take a shot at $249.

  14. I’m guessing that Sambosis wont be far off. But I think if the Boxee Box really sells for its MSRP then Google TV should be a bit closer to $199

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