Google TV shown off in official video

Techcrunch is reporting that Google's finally released a video explaining exactly how Google TV actually works, and the capabilities it has to offer. Google TV was first shown off a few months ago at Google I/O, although the demo was largely hampered by connectivity issues.

The video released today explains the true value of Google TV and its actual purpose, which is simple: it's all about having the full internet (Yes, including Flash 10.1) as well as Android apps in your living room, alongside whatever setup you already have in the lounge. Techcrunch also points out, that Google ultimately wants to dip into the lucrative $70 Billion TV ad industry too, although it's unmentioned in the video. 

Google TV runs the Android Operating System, and the features that are currently known, according to ZDNet are:

  • Search: It’s built into the TV experience. Search for “Survivor” and get a list of results that include live TV (select to watch now), episodes airing later (select to record to DVR) and web content related to it.
  • Integration with Android phones: Over WiFi, an Android phone can become a remote and you can even go so far as to use voice search, too.
  • Partners: Sony, Intel, Dish Network, Logitech, Adobe and Best Buy. 

Check out the video below:

Google TV is due for somewhere around a Q3-Q4 launch in 2010.

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Not really sure about this at all. I have Boxee running on a tiny PC (Acer Revo) in my livingroom connected to my big TV already. I think the Boxee idea is better. I don't think that websites are suited to being shown on a TV but the media content is.

1uk3 said,
Not really sure about this at all. I have Boxee running on a tiny PC (Acer Revo) in my livingroom connected to my big TV already. I think the Boxee idea is better. I don't think that websites are suited to being shown on a TV but the media content is.
Websites shows perfectly on the TV. TV's today is basically just a big PC monitor.

1uk3 said,
Not really sure about this at all. I have Boxee running on a tiny PC (Acer Revo) in my livingroom connected to my big TV already. I think the Boxee idea is better. I don't think that websites are suited to being shown on a TV but the media content is.

Websites are fine. Your TV has a resolution just like a computer monitor.

I wish people would get away from the whole "websites not good for tv" thing. almost every LCD and plasma display is equivelent to its smaller LCD laptop/desktop partner, just bigger. If I put a website on a 22" 24" or 44" screen it doesn't make a difference. the web is the web. it will show on big screens. it will not fail. the controversy of this is with google providing the service instead of users building media center pc's

Auzeras said,
I wish people would get away from the whole "websites not good for tv" thing. almost every LCD and plasma display is equivelent to its smaller LCD laptop/desktop partner, just bigger. If I put a website on a 22" 24" or 44" screen it doesn't make a difference. the web is the web. it will show on big screens. it will not fail. the controversy of this is with google providing the service instead of users building media center pc's

Yes, I also don't think the resolution argument holds water anymore, with 1920x1080 TV's common. Yes, this was a big problem in the old days of 480p/576p television, but thankfully we aren't there anymore.

Modern TV's have no less than five times higher resolution than before.

sucks from the bone out. Terrible UI and concept is too old. Anyone have computer can easily hook to a TV for all these things.

satus said,
sucks from the bone out. Terrible UI and concept is too old. Anyone have computer can easily hook to a TV for all these things.

I think the whole point is that you don't have to hook anything to it.

Granted, if it came to a choice between an expensive Google TV vs a TV with a hooked-up laptop, one may question the value, but if this takes off and goes mass-production and the TV's get this built-in for no special extra cost (see also where we are today with "Full HD"), Google may have a winner here.

Mr_Bub said,
Not keen on this at all.
I want to watch T.V , not surf the net and read emails at the same time.
You kniw, you can do that if you want. Some of you need to think a little...

Mr_Bub said,
Not keen on this at all.
I want to watch T.V , not surf the net and read emails at the same time.

lol, did you even check the video?

No thanks, I watch TV to watch something, to be engrossed into the content. This may be good for young kids who are half baked and can't hold an attention span for more than 10 minutes (which a lot of TV caters to now).

Mainer82 said,
No thanks, I watch TV to watch something, to be engrossed into the content. This may be good for young kids who are half baked and can't hold an attention span for more than 10 minutes (which a lot of TV caters to now).

Agree'd

some of the comments in this thread defy belief for a tech forum.
Have any of you people complaining about having a keyboard on your tv ever used a decent setup? eg. people come to visit, chat starts about some random topic and you can for example, fire up google earth on the tv then use streetview to demonstrate. or.. stream a movie/trailer/web content or, get directions, or look something up.

come on, if you'd ever used such a setup in the real world you'd see the benefit immediately. Integrated web/tv is an obvious requirement today.

Whether google tv will replace my win7 htpc & home server, i've yet to see. However integration with my android phone sounds like a nice option. Initially when i set up my home systems a few years ago, I was berated by the missus for "wasting money", now she likes to show it off as she's seen the benefit.

I love this. They should make all the past shows available as a list so you can watch whatever that be great. I'd never leave the house. I would just put a tv by the Jacuzzi and watch with lady friends when wife not home.

Absolutely an improvement to old fashion T.V.
-more than one person in front of a PC can now sit and enjoy PC programing {u-tube, internet searches, Hulu, NetFlex, etc}
-instant program search on internet programs {U-Tube}, satellite T.V., Cable, Hard drive {PVR}
-Google Android Apps that greatly enhance the viewer HDTV experience.
-communications hub {Video and voice} on HDTV

This is a possible morning with Google TV and the Android APPs
Walk in your living room and your HDTV greets you by name with an agreeable avatar, which day it is, lets you know what the weathers like and any important news with video. Next your calendar of events flash out and and a request for any changes are to be made, followed up with Voip and video communication for these changes. Start a physical routine for workout with personal touches or recommended activities for the day . When you leave, wish you well, shuts down but follows you by cell phone connection to your work, etc.

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