Google is said to be giving its Google TV operating system another push. The search giant is teaming up with manufacturer LG on a new television that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, according to a new Bloomberg report.
Google TV, the search giant’s combo hardware-software entertainment endeavor, could be on its way to attracting a larger male customer base, as porn studio Vivid Entertainment is now streaming sexually explicit content to television sets by way of a Google TV application.
Of the eight different examples listed on the Google TV’s new channel spotlight page, ShortForm’s channel demonstrates the full potential of the search engine giant’s internet TV platform.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7pE9UTTfy4&w=560&h=315] A year after Google TV’s middling launch, Google is finally ready to take another stab at its ambitious smart TV platform.
Google’s answer to television, Google TV, is known as a flop due to its poor user interface and lack of content from major TV networks. Hopefully that will soon change.
Logitech CEO Gerald Quindlen announced that he’s stepping down from his role at the company this morning, following a sluggish first quarter earnings report.
At Google’s I/O developers conference today, the company confirmed that Google TV will receive a major upgrade to Android 3.1 this summer, as well as access to apps in the Android Market.
Guest Post Ty Braswell, founder of Creative Digital Strategies, is a consultant specializing in growing mobile TV revenues for companies including the NHL and Major League Soccer and was Virgin Records VP of New Media during the early Napster years.
Following on the heels of Vizio’s surprising Android phone and tablet announcement, the company is also revealing that it’s bringing Android to the living room with its new Google TV-powered VIA Plus HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and it’s readying a new 3D line.
More than a fifth of all television sets sold in 2010 were smart TVs, according to the research firm DisplaySearch, which says the numbers signal that “a quiet revolution in TV viewing” is gaining a foothold.
Google TV was supposed to be one of the stars of the show at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. But the star just got the hook.
Two months after Google TV devices hit the streets, the platform is seeing its first major update, bringing with it an improved Netflix app, a remote control app for Android and more.
Perhaps tired of seeing its customers dump traditional cable service in favor of online video (a process known as cord cutting), telecom giant Comcast is testing a new service that will combine web video content with traditional TV.
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Amidst the hoopla surrounding Google TV and Apple TV, Microsoft has been oddly quiet. Now we have an idea of what the software giant is up to: It’s apparently in talks with media companies to license TV networks for a subscription web TV service, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.
“Potential” is the key word when discussing Google TV. It has the potential to completely reshape the way we watch TV, the potential to change the way content providers do business, and the potential to give Google the sort of dominance in the TV market that it’s already seeing in search and mobile.
The list of Google TV haters continue to grow. Viacom confirmed this morning that it is blocking Google TV’s access to its web video, which includes popular networks like Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.
Google has scored a coup for its new TV Ads platform. Google announced today that it has partnered with Verizon FiOS TV, the company’s fiber television offering, to reach 3.3 million homes on over 50 TV networks.
Netflix is charging ahead on providing a streaming-only movie service in the United States, according to chief executive Reed Hastings.
Verismo, a provider of web-enabled TV services, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its most recent round of fundraising led by Intel Capital.
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said today that his company’s Google TV initiative will bring the open web to TVs and result in much higher revenues for content owners, not less as some of the content owners fear.
Would you pay $600 (and an extra $25 a month) to have a video conferencing option for your living room television? Cisco, traditionally a supplier of enterprise video conferencing and networking hardware, is hoping you’ll say yes and pick up its newest toy.
After seemingly ages in release limbo, streaming video startup Boxee has started shipments of its Boxee Box set-top and has announced new content partnerships with Netflix and Hulu.
YouTube just got more couch-friendly. Google today announced YouTube Remote, an Android application (available for free from the Android Market) that will let you send YouTube videos from your smartphone to Google TV devices and computers.
A Google spokesperson has issued the following statement denying claims made by the San Francisco Chronicle today that Google had transferred management of its Google TV operations to its YouTube subsidiary:
Sony announced its Google TV-powered Internet TV family in New York tonight, as well as a Blu-ray player with Google TV built-in.
Veebeam, the DEMOgod winning startup that has developed a way to easily stream content from your computer to your HDTV wirelessly, has snagged another $6 million in the first part of a two-part second funding round.
Broadcast content streaming site Hulu may be preparing for an IPO to raise as much as $300 million with Morgan Stanley as the primary underwriter, according to a report from Reuters.
As we predicted, yesterday’s reveal of Logitech’s Revue box was just the beginning of a flood of Google TV news.
After months of mere glimpses at Logitech’s Revue set-top box, I got a closer look today, as well as some hands-on time, with the Google TV-powered device.
Google has been fairly quiet on the progress of Google TV since it was announced five months ago, but now the company seems ready to spin up its hype machine once again.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin that it will launch its Google TV service in the U.S. and worldwide this year, Reuters reports.
So Apple made some news today. Specifically, chief executive Steve Jobs took the stage in San Francisco, where he showed off major upgrades to the company’s music and TV services.
After months of speculation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally revealed the new and improved Apple TV today. It has a lot going for it, including a low $99 price, redesigned hardware, and access to streaming media from the iTunes store.