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Google TV to Launch Later This Month: Apps, Netflix Streaming, AirPlay-Like Video Capabilities

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Google today launched an extensive mini-site dedicated to the Google TV, the company's service announced earlier this year designed to integrate TV watching and the Internet.
One of our goals with Google TV is to finally open up the living room and enable new innovation from content creators, programmers, developers and advertisers. By bringing Google Chrome and access to the entire Internet, you can easily navigate to thousands of websites to watch your favorite web videos, play Flash games, view photos, read movie reviews or chat with friends - all on the big screen.
While an exact launch date and pricing for the hardware (a standalone Logitech box and Sony TVs and Blu-ray players with hardware integration are the launch products) are not yet known, Google new site provides a good look at some of the service's features, especially when considered against the new Apple TV. Hardware supporting the new service is said to launch sometime later this month.

In particular, Google is highlighting apps that will be available on Google TV, noting that it will ship with applications from the likes of Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, and Amazon Video On Demand, with compatibility for Android Market apps set to come to Google TV early next year. The ability to run applications is seen as one of the key differences between Google TV and the new Apple TV, which is currently unable to run iOS applications, although hints have suggested that Apple may enable the functionality at some point in the future.

Google TV will also allow users with iPhones or Android phones to serve as remote controls for their Google TV, including voice search capabilities and the ability to link multiple phones with a single Google TV. The service will also incorporate a "Fling" feature similar to Apple's forthcoming AirPlay feature, allowing users watching content on their phones to send the content to their Google TVs.

Article Link: Google TV to Launch Later This Month: Apps, Netflix Streaming, AirPlay-Like Video Capabilities
 

addicted44

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This is what the Apple TV needs to be.

I don't understand why Apple is fighting the Cable providers so much.

Yeah, sure, the future lies with the internet and downloads, but Apple has spent many years trying to bring that together and failed. They need to do what they did with the iPod. Embrace current technology (ripping CDs), while the future tech becomes more popular (iTMS).
 
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Macwick

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Awesome news. This is EXACTLY what we need to put the pressure on Apple to open up the ATV2 with some kind of App Store. If they don't, they simply won't be able to compete.

I don't care how sexy an Apple product is, if it doesn't even have basic feature parity with the competition it will fail.
 
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jaykk

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Apple is not ready to complicate TV experience yet. And google is a advertising company, and darling of any Media company. I guess apple (and microsoft) is considered as a tech titan and doesn't have same leverage like Google.

google is all about making money via advertising, thats what the media companies does as well.
 
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ChazUK

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If I could remotely set up pvr recordings on my Nexus/Streak then I'll be happy.
I await a European release. Hopefully any kinks in the system will be ironed out if it is delayed for us.
 
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Flacofromny

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What's the point ?

Lets be honest. WhY is the point of getting an apple tv if u already have a ps3? Like this google tv is what I was hoping for the apple tv n apple fail by making n releasing this crappy apple tv I don't see the point of this ATV. N then Steve said. "we don't need a web browser in our living too
" like dead ass. He that hell he thinks he is?
 
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jaw04005

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So even Google TV is not launching with an app store, huh? Lame. I wonder if Apple knew that and that's why the Apple TV's App Store wasn't ready?
 
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jsbaugh

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Im enjoying my new AppleTV but GoogleTV looks like a better option. A lot more going for it. Jobs better get off his thumbs and open up the Apps for the ATV.
 
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Leoff

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Lets be honest. WhY is the point of getting an apple tv if u already have a ps3? Like this google tv is what I was hoping for the apple tv n apple fail by making n releasing this crappy apple tv I don't see the point of this ATV. N then Steve said. "we don't need a web browser in our living too
" like dead ass. He that hell he thinks he is?

Yes, because EVERYONE has a ps3...
 
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GeekLawyer

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So even Google TV is not launching with an app store, huh? Lame. I wonder if Apple knew that and that's why the Apple TV's App Store wasn't ready?
This. Steve could have promised a bunch of vaporware or, worse, turned on an AppleTV app store that wasn't yet ready for prime time.

Let's see a shipping product from Google (or Sony or Logitech or whoever cobbles their hardware together now). Then we'll contrast and compare.
 
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alywa

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Lets be honest. WhY is the point of getting an apple tv if u already have a ps3? Like this google tv is what I was hoping for the apple tv n apple fail by making n releasing this crappy apple tv I don't see the point of this ATV. N then Steve said. "we don't need a web browser in our living too
" like dead ass. He that hell he thinks he is?


Anyway, GoogleTV looks pretty cool. I just got a ATV last week, and thus far have been very happy with it. Music / Photo streaming is fantastic, Netflix works well. I haven't rented a movie yet (really don't plan on doing so since I use Netflix for BluRays), but it seems nice. AirPlay will be sweet... That is how apple is going to get around the whole "no porn" thing... simply stream it from the MANY porn sites that support iphone / ipad. I also figure it will eventually offer an experience like Sling Box (access your media on the go via your iOS device using ATV as the central hub).

Apple TV will get apps... no way apple is going to let a possibility for more profits slip away. Sports / Finance / News apps would be what I would want, as well as Game Center type games (puzzles, cards, etc).

Anyway, I'd expect Apple and Google to continue to innovate in this space, but it will be many years until Cable / Satellite / Fiber providers need to start worrying.
 
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pnaro

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Not for me

Being rural and without a high-enough bandwidth internet connection, if anything appeals to me, it would be ATV, as we can use it connected to our home network and stream from our computers (lots of digital content).
 
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a.gomez

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Very nice, I would so upgrade my Sony HDTV if the price is right.
 
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KnightWRX

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Wow, just looked at the site. So many features that people asked for in AppleTV (App Store in 2011, Phone as a remote, DVR), so many features people tout as AppleTV exclusive strengths (Airplay = Fling).

If they make it nice and usable and If they really manage to get this off the ground with manufacturers, Apple is in for a world of hurt for their hobby.

There's nothing about dlna content on there... That's a disappointment.

Indeed, searched around for it, no mention on the site. Let's hope its either in there or implementable with the APIs given. It would still be a bummer to have to wait to 2011 to get DLNA streaming.
 
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Keebler

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I think this is fantastic from the simple point of view that we will soon have viable options to cancel our cable and satellite and at the same time, decrease our monthly bills.

To date, I've been paying for convenience of satellite, but I don't watch a ton of TV so i've been paying for just that - convenience. It didn't bother me years ago b/c I simply didn't have options and now, we do.

bring it on!

whether it be googeTV or AppleTV, I could care less. I do have an appleTV so I guess I do care a bit more about what they have to offer, but as along as all related gadgets do one thing:

kick the cable and satellite companies to the curb :)
 
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sciwizam

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There's nothing about dlna content on there... That's a disappointment.

It's not in the video, as the video was mainly about apps on GoogleTV.

There is this bit of info on the new website, could be DLNA.

http://www.google.com/tv/features.html

 
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