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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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

Nightburn said,
uh, I already do all of this with my computer. *confused*

uuh... not everyone is as technologically advanced as you are. Google TV acts as your computer for people who don't know how to do it on their own...

still confused?

Makes you wonder, with all the privacy issues Google is having recently, if this is just another ruse to gather more information on what people watch.

Sorry to be the pessimist!

nifke said,
useless... I have a pc for that.
And why is there a cursor on the screen when they show farmville?

Because you use a mouse and keyboard to control Google TV. Perfect for an entertainment setup

I"m glad there is going to be some competition in this market space. I currently have Windows 7 Media Center and Windows Home Server. It works great for me but isn't yet ready for the mainstream... I hope this gets Microsoft more involved with these products. I can't wait for the final release of Vail!

i have mixed feelings. When I watch TV I WATCH tv. None of this surfing the web while i'm watching something. I have a media center PC for that.

warwagon said,
i have mixed feelings. When I watch TV I WATCH tv. None of this surfing the web while i'm watching something. I have a media center PC for that.

OK read through like a dozen comments of this type... why don't you people get that the point here is to bring ALL of your content together into ONE system? You say you have a media center PC to watch Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, etc... but not everyone has a HTCP, and they do a **** poor job of taking in live broadcasts... notice in the video that they had satellite TV in there, NOT cable, which gives off some pretty big hints that they're doing something very unique with the integration here.

I don't think the point is or ever was to "surf the web while watching TV", that's just an option that become available once you start looking at the other browser based options here.

Did nobody else notice how the Home screen takes a lot of concepts from Chrome's home screen? What about the DVR capabilities? Is Google TV going to have a 1TB hard drive built in or what?

Come on Neowinians, let's have some constructive conversation and quit acting like bitchy little girls.

vaximily said,

<snipped cause its long>

I think the main point these people are trying to make is that many of these features (like searching through channel listings) are already implemented in many systems, and therefor superfluous.

On top of that, like the Wii's browser, browsing the internet using your TV is just not the same as is it while sitting at a computer desk.

And on top of THAT, when people are watching TV they... wait for it... want to watch TV! Not browse the internet.

On another note, Google in teaming up with a few of the major players in the TV market, but I doubt that they will be able to integrate this device with EVERY cable / satellite provider and TV manufacturer out there. If this does take-off, chances are it will not have universal support.

warwagon said,
i have mixed feelings. When I watch TV I WATCH tv. None of this surfing the web while i'm watching something. I have a media center PC for that.

Your right, i have the Samsung LED TV with the built in Samsung@TV Service thing, i have never used it, i always just use my computer to browse the web, the Samsung Service lets you search the web, add widgets, check weather, watch youtube videos etc on your TV but i never ever used it.

Conjor said,
On top of that, like the Wii's browser, browsing the internet using your TV is just not the same as is it while sitting at a computer desk.

And on top of THAT, when people are watching TV they... wait for it... want to watch TV! Not browse the internet.

Did you actually READ anything I wrote? You sound like a troll. My whole point was that it isn't for "browsing the web", it's to connect you to web-based VIDEO content (Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, etc). Of course you can do it with a HTPC, but that's a project for techies and isn't the cheapest route to go either.

warwagon said,
i have mixed feelings. When I watch TV I WATCH tv. None of this surfing the web while i'm watching something. I have a media center PC for that.

Agreed. Not to mention when the popups during shows will begin.