Google TV

Google announced a new product at its I/O developer conference called Google TV. At the conference, the CEOs of Dish Network, Sony, Intel, Logitech and Best Buy participated in a Q&A regarding the launch of Google TV this fall. I want to highlight the big picture here, and then in subsequent posts break down the individual components of Google TV.

Here is an introductory video from Google.



The product announcement at the conference was pretty exciting. I’ll admit that I wasn’t too excited about WebTV when it came out, but this looks like it is a viable product. While there will be plenty of room to grow, I think the initial offering will be pretty good. Sony will provide the first Google TV set, accompanied by a companion box from Logitech. Dish Network is going to fully support Google TV, but it will work with any provider as long as you have the Logitech box. Intel is powering Sony’s television, but I was disappointed that AMD didn’t get the nod. Best Buy is going to tie it all together with special marketing and store displays to teach people about the product, and conveniently will offer it before the Christmas shopping season begins.

Google TV is a great way to watch web content on your home entertainment system. No more crowding your family around a tiny laptop screen. You can now share all your favorite web videos on your television. Google TV is going to be pretty cool out of the box, but Google left plenty of room for developers to get involved. Google told the developers at the conference that they are going to be making even better products to accompany Google TV. I think it will be really interesting to see what comes of it. I am conveniently going to be in the market for new satellite television just in time for the launch of Google TV, so I am pretty stoked. Now I just need to figure out how to afford a new Sony TV.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the individual components of the Google TV experience.

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