Ty Braswell

The future of TV: Dead man walking or bigger than ever?

For the last two years, the television business has seen a decline in cable subscriptions due to cord cutting. But perhaps even scarier to TV executives is the increasing disruption that companies like Google and YouTube are causing as they jump even deeper into the TV game.

Google TV and LG may unveil a new TV in January

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 gets a 24/7 streaming porn channel

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.

Why 2011 will be do-or-die for TV

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.

Vizio launches Google TV line and Theater 3D HDTVs

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.

Smart TV’s sell big globally, not so much in the U.S.

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.

Comcast to fend off Google TV with … something

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.

Why your TV is the new app battleground

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Microsoft planning Xbox 360 TV service to compete with Google TV

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.

Viacom blocks Google TV, the madness continues

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’s TV Ads heads to Verizon FiOS TV

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.

Who is Cisco fooling? Launches Umi living room webcam for $600

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.

YouTube Remote: Control YouTube on your TV from your (Android) phone

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.

Did Google TV move to YouTube? Not really (updated)

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:

Vimeo gets optimized for Google TV with Couch Mode

Streaming video site Vimeo has jumped on the Google TV bandwagon with its new Couch Mode — a way to easily view the site’s videos uninterrupted like a TV channel.

Google TV coming this fall, Samsung eyes Android in TVs

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.