Internet Television That Finally Works

Sony has introduced Internet TV powered by Google while Logitech has announced it will be providing Set-To- Boxes to those who already have a pricey HDTV.

Sony: Tuesday, 5/20/2010, Sony announced that it is offering Internet enabled televisions in partnership with Google and Intel. The announcement was considered the biggest news of the two day Google I/O Developers conference in San Francisco. The new Bravia models will arrive with fully enabled Blue-ray Internet access and are expected to be available this fall for the all important Holiday Season.

The new systems will be powered by Google’s Android Operating System and will allow you to finally watch what you want on your television. With solid 3D functionality and now Internet , Sony expects to remain the leader in true Home Entertainment Centers.

These systems will utilize an on-screen search box similar to Google’s popular web search to access live programing, recordings, and the web. I fully expect this to change not only how we watch TV but basically how we handle all entertainment and even work activities. What sets this apart from previous attempts to just connect a computer to your TV is the Google software being used. As we all know, Google makes it simple.

Logitech: Calling it the Logitech Companion Box, Logitech has announced it will provide the first set-top-box for Google TV. The slick and shiny box will add Google TV to your existing HD television.

As you would expect Logitech is also supplying a covey of peripherals for your pleasure, including keyboards, mini controllers, and remotes to name only a few.

Google has gathered its collaborators well. It is set to trounce any chance Apple had with iTV or even the iPad for that matter. Intel’s powerful Atom processor is outshining anything Apple. Logitech has long been a leader in computing peripherals and recently the best remote options available. Sony Television, what can I say?

Google’s Android operating system and Chrome browser are open source, so when Google invites developers to produce the next wave of applications for Google TV you can expect Android apps that are beyond anything you’ve seen. Here’s the quote from GoogleBlog:

Soon after launch, we’ll release the Google TV SDK and web APIs for TV so that developers can build even richer applications and distribute them through Android Market. We’ve already started building strategic alliances with a number of companies — like Jinni.com and Rovi — at the leading edge of innovation in TV technology. Jinni.com is a next-generation TV application working to provide semantic search, personalized recommendation and social features for Google TV across all sources of premium content available to the user. Rovi is one of the world’s leading guide applications. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the ways developers will use this new platform.

Google’s “Earth Eating Strategy” continues. Lightening fast and open source, Google’s Android and Chrome will certainly produce a flurry of new applications. Google is set to do everything for everybody, from Social Networking to setting your heaters.

VentureBeat reports that Chrome users have grown from 30 million users last year to 70 million users by this June.

It looks like this fall is going to see an increase in sports widows, man caves, and beer , with a corresponding downturn in razor sales. Thanks to Google for knocking it out of the park and bringing them all home.

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7 thoughts on “Internet Television That Finally Works

  1. Google TV may have advantages and in fact work well, but I’m a cheapie ;-). I can’t afford $60-$200 for TV right now. I’m still waiting and hoping that I can have pay-per-view on my computer that actually gives me a full selection–at the scheduled time–so I don’t have to pay for dozens, maybe hundreds, of stations I don’t watch. I’m using a blend of Netflix, iTunes and hulu right now, which is as close as anyone can get at present, imo.

  2. As with anything; moderation is the key. I spend a lot of time on the computer, when I decide to get online. I don’t know about everyone else, but I set time aside for my online business and/or leasure but it’s mostly during the evening when I’m settled down for the day anyway.

  3. “you can spend more time watching want you want and less time searching for it”

    Exactly what a nation plagued with an obesity problem (children and adults) needed.

  4. “you can spend more time watching want you want and less time searching for it”

    Exactly what a nation plagued with an obesity problem (children and adults) needed.

  5. What I would like to know is how to integrate what you are describing with an existing Hauppage TV installation that uses either Hauppage’s WinTV or Windows Media Center?

  6. Ron I agree with you. I download, it installed it and uninstalled it. I use Explorer and Firefox. I don’t like how crome handle. I could not even find the “File” tab if there is one. I am glad Google is doing something great with open source, I will be trying their operating system soon. Hope it is not as cumbersome as I find that other open source Operating system. I don’t have time to be playing with setting up these different things these OS are capable of doing. I just need to setup one time and use my other energy to work with the computer. I am looking forward to some free, good, TV access on my PC.

  7. VentureBeat reports that Chrome users have grown from 30 million users last year to 70 million users by this June.

    Is that users – or downloads? Because they’re certainly not the same thing. I’m not seeing much of Chrome in my Feedjit stats, compared to Firefox, or even safari, and one of the most frequent complaints on my blog is that Chrome, even now, still sucks. And that’s the polite ones.

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