Friday, May 21, 2010

Google TV

Google has launched a TV service that starts to redefine the television and continue its convergence with the web. The "smart TV" service opens up the web alongside TV channels.
The service will be in integrated TVs and also accessed via a Google box and already has Sony and Logitech’s lined up respectively. In addition, Google has partners such as Intel and Adobe onboard.

The service streams shows from the web using Google's Chrome browser. It can make your TV into a games console, a photo viewer or a music. The TVs and boxes will also use Android and will rely on an Intel microprocessor. The Loitech box will run on a Atom processor with 4GB memory, Wi-Fi, Dolby 5.1 surround sound and a pair of USB ports. You will be able to install an app on your Android phone with a keyboard and a touch-screen D-pad. These will control not only the Logitech box but compatible TVs and set-top boxes, right from the phone.

We then have the usual format wars with Google its Android operating system and an open source video project called WebM supported by Mozilla Firefox, and Opera, against H.264 has the support of Apple and Microsoft.

No doubt Google will know what you watched when and exercise an advertising angle.
Will TV be the same again?

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