Google announces Google TV

Google has unveiled Google TV at the I/O conference today.  If you didn’t know, Google makes nearly all of its income from advertisements and Google states that the television market is a $70 billion dollar a year industry.  It only makes sense for Google to get into the TV advertising game so that they can expand upon their advertising empire.

Via the Google Blog, while the details are not yet clear on how Google will profit from this idea, the concept, it a nut shell, is to bring the entire Internet to your TV.  By having Google search on your TV you can now do anything you can imagine.  You will be able to search about the show you are watching, browse flash based content, use apps (Android market place), interact with advertisements, augment streaming content, and all of this occurs on an external box that has Wi-Fi, HDMI, IR blaster, a “strong processor” that is capable of surfing the web, and it will be manufactured by third party vendors.

The basis for the box will be Android with a Chrome browser that has Flash 10.1 built in; you will be able to download apps on your computer and they will sync to your Google TV via the Wi-Fi connection.  It appears that you will have to use a keyboard for text input and you will also be able to use your phone as well but to what extent is unclear. 

Sony is expected to launch the platform on its TVs and its Blu-ray players this fall and Logitech will introduce a standalone set top box with a Harmony remote and camera for video chat, the date for release was not disclosed. 
 

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I find it disgusting that so many who post here seem to think we have no right to privacy. That is complete BS and you know it.

The only problem I see is........how many people actually want these capabilities on a TV (I mean, outside of tech/gadget geeks)?

Id rather buy a Google product than any of the others such as Apple or MS.. Google bring out products that are actually useful and entertaining for us.. love google, love android.

In all honesty TVs and connected devices are going the way of the mobile phone, to me these devices just don't need to be anything other than a monitor with built in tuner and various in-ports.

If you want a dvd player buy a dvd player, same with blue ray, whatever....if you want fancy internet and whatever buy a media center pc, the atom desktops are more than adequate.

IMO, i got my few shows i sometimes watch or regulary, sometimes some movies and that's it.
I guess I do not want complexity / *thousands of possibilities and choises* on my tv.
when I want that, i'll grab my netbook for when in bed or go to my mac. that's it.

call me old fashioned, but i do not want to "advance" there.

Glassed Silver:mac

I just don't understand this...
what if I don't have netflix, or amazon live streaming or any of this other bull****. what am i getting? a search bar on my tv! ok, so i type in true blood. what do I get? "trueblood on sunday's @ 9", hbo.com/trueblood and links to a bunch of ****ty trueblood youtube videos?...on a bigger screen! I'm not seeing how this is going to make my tv watching any easier. a web browser on my tv? apps? flash games? pass pass pass

Can someone paint a simple picture of this for me. I have cable with a cable box in every room. How would Google TV be used? Is it a different box? A new box? An additional box?

If its an additional box, how would the 2 work together? Perhaps all of this isn't known yet.

It's called buy a VGA Cable and plugging your Laptop into the TV!!
There just selling you a computer.
Will it run Android OS?

Most Likey

Wombatt said,
It's called buy a VGA Cable and plugging your Laptop into the TV!!
There just selling you a computer.
Will it run Android OS?

Most Likey

Indeed, in fact the last week i purchased a convenient pack that include a 32" samsung 720p lcd screen + n150 netbook.

A full web browser on your big screen TV? That's not gonna stick, sorry. We need a specialized UI for different devices and the web as we know it isn't designed to be used from a couch. Maybe that will change once they come up with some nice HTML5 apps but for now, no.

nothing new. boo. just another bundling that sometimes you doesn't want to come with your TV. XBox, PS, Media Center works fine. Why need to buy this product?

Google is Overlord, heh.

I wonder what's next? Google Diapers, TampGoogle, Googleboro, L&G's... I wonder if my new car will be a Google car...

However, the idea is nice.. It's just that Google is taking over the web. It's becoming Intergoogle/Googlenet.

I was excited when I first heard of the concept, but after seeing more of it on Engadget and Gizmodo I'm just disappointed.

Why on earth do I need another box? Why do I need this integrated in my TV when all it's going to do is make my TV cost more and add useless features? I really do not comprehend why being able to search the Web on your TV is such a brilliant concept. When this was announced, I thought it'd be like actual Internet TV -- there would be Internet channels specific to this, it would stream local television for free (since it's local television, not talking cable or anything) for those that don't get excellent signals where they live, etc.

As it is, I see absolutely no use for this. I like streaming Netflix, sure. But why do I need to do it from Google TV? Why do I want to watch Youtube videos on my TV? Youtube is a time waster. If I'm watching TV, I'd have to be very desperate with nothing else on to start watching Youtube. As far apps... why? Why not just play games on my 360, PS3, Wii or PC?

I fail to see the point of this. Google makes some excellent products, but lately I just don't understand their new ideas, such as this and the Chrome OS.

In the future Youtube will become more like a TV/movie distribution service I imagine. Like iTunes store or something. That's all I can think of and the obvious wanting more ad money.

WooHoo!!! said,
In the future Youtube will become more like a TV/movie distribution service I imagine. Like iTunes store or something. That's all I can think of and the obvious wanting more ad money.

I doubt it, personally. I don't see it going that route.

Ayepecks said,
I doubt it, personally. I don't see it going that route.
They already offer movies for a price. Not sure about TV shows, but I do see it as a future possibility.

I don't like the way Google is trying to be everywhere at once but I do think this will be one of the first steps to bridge the blurry gap between TV and internet.

I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st...

So now they're going to capture what TV you watch so they can target ads even better?

I'd wait for the (very nice looking) Sony's to come with this, but I wonder what will happen to my current set-top box. Our cable peoples don't provide a CAM-card or anything similar, you can only watch digital with their set-top box...

Reminds me a lot of Boxee. I Imagine though that Google has the clout to get some big names behind it so that it can work well with major network providers, maybe It'll be the best of Boxee and Hulu in one?

EgyptianDuck said,
This is taking it too far.

I dunno... What's the difference between supporting Internet browsing on a TV vs their own laptop with Chrome OS?

Northgrove said,

I dunno... What's the difference between supporting Internet browsing on a TV vs their own laptop with Chrome OS?

It's all in the video, your laptop/desktop is probably not as good as your TV's screen, which has better audio and a higher resolution.

Wow looks like soon there won't be any need for a desktop computer at home, just a television and you good to go.

I have a miniPC connected via HDMI to my television with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It's running XBMC and I download what I want either once every week or once every month. Works perfectly for me.

Klownicle said,
This **** is getting freaky. Google is everywhere.

So is Microsoft.

Edited by ilev, May 20 2010, 6:30pm :

ilev said,

So is Microsoft.

You could argue the majority of Google's business is information profiling to sell ads whereas Microsoft's are a lot less tinfoil hat into the area of just wanting your money. People can choose.

Edited by coresx, May 20 2010, 6:23pm :

WooHoo!!! said,

You could argue the majority of Google's business is information profiling to sell ads whereas Microsoft's are a lot less tinfoil hat into the area of just wanting your money. People can choose.


Yeah, because just wanting your money never led to bad business practices.

Northgrove said,

Yeah, because just wanting your money never led to bad business practices.

Sooo... would you rather choose bad business practices where your money is involved or your privacy?

Mainer82 said,
No thanks, I'll stick to my cable box.

i will stick to my Freeview box... but if this thing is cheap but i mean cheap like £5 a month than maybe...

Mainer82 said,
No thanks, I'll stick to my cable box.

Agreed. I don't want Google in my living room to know how me and my family use our TV.

asdavis10 said,

Agreed. I don't want Google in my living room to know how me and my family use our TV.

LMFAO. You don't think your cable company can collect the channels and shows you watch?

Rohdekill said,

LMFAO. You don't think your cable company can collect the channels and shows you watch?

Have you guys ever heard of ratings? How do you think those are collected?

Lw011 said,
they already do collect your information silly

I don't know why people freak about about this... ISPs collect your info, Cellphone companies collect your info, land line phones collect your info... so what if the cable company does?

Rohdekill said,

LMFAO. You don't think your cable company can collect the channels and shows you watch?

Is my cable company Google? I said I don't want Google... It's the same reason I don't use Google for my search. I'm anti-Google. I'll let Bing or Yahoo collect that data. But not Google.

Rohdekill said,

LMFAO. You don't think your cable company can collect the channels and shows you watch?


No they can't.

asdavis10 said,

Agreed. I don't want Google in my living room to know how me and my family use our TV.

TV companies collect every information possible off the TV. soo your always being watched. the amount of time you spend, the channels you watch, what channels you watch..etc.

Andrey said,

Have you guys ever heard of ratings? How do you think those are collected?

Ratings are MAGICAL. This is magic i say.