What is Google TV?
Wouldn't it be cool if you could just talk into your TV remote, tell it what you want to watch, and see it pop up on your big-screen TV? Wouldn't you like a single search box to find TV shows or movies, whether they're on cable, satellite, broadcast TV, Netflix or other online streaming video sources? Your wish is granted...
Google + Your HDTV + Magic = Google TV
In a nutshell, Google TV is a marriage of big-screen television, Google technology, and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Through one Internet connection you can receive streaming video from all kinds of sources and display it on giant screens like the 55-inch LG Smart TV With Google TV. But wait, there’s more!
Google TV integrates a customized version of the Android operating system into a “smart TV” hardware platform developed by the television manufacturing industry. The operating system is powered by an ARM processor of the same class found in smartphones. Google TV can run apps just like a smartphone. The Chrome browser is built into the system, so you can use it to browse TV channels, surf the Web, check email, and more.
The LG Smart TV With Google TV has replaced the frustrating old-school remote control with a wireless full-QWERTY keyboard that includes interactive voice response and motion-sensor control. You can type to find content; speak the name of a Web site and have it pop up on the screen; even wave your keyboard around to move the cursor on the screen and select channels or apps.
The Voice Search feature works for more than Web sites. Say, “comedy” and comedy shows pop up. Say, “Compose email” and a new message form appears, ready to accept your typed or dictated words. All of your favorite video feeds: cable channels, broadcast TV, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, YouTube, that funny little Web site with the cat videos… are available through the same simple Google TV interface.
The PrimeTime feature will help you see what's currently playing on all your favorite channels, so you can quickly pick a show and start watching.
Do I Need a New TV to Use Google TV?
In three years since its launch, Google TV has gained acceptance among a handful of television and set-top box manufacturers. For now, the only TV that comes with the Google TV tech inside is the aforementioned LG Smart TV, which comes in 47 and 55 inch models. But you can use Google TV with your existing HDTV as well.
The rest of the Google TV devices currently available are “buddy boxes,” standalone devices that connect to an existing HDTV to bring it Google TV capabilities. Brand and model names to know include the NETGEAR NeoTV™ PRIME; Sony Internet Player (NSZ-GS7); VIZIO Co-Star; Hisense Pulse; and Asus CUBE.
Each manufacturer has its own idea for replacing the kludgy old remote control. I recommend that you go to an electronics retail store and test drive the different interfaces before buying.
I love the idea of using Google search to find stuff to watch on TV. If you have access to some combination of cable, satellite, broadcast TV, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or other streaming video content sources, it's a real hassle to search through each one of them in order to find a show or movie. For me, the genius of Google TV is that it consolidates all your viewing options into one interface that's easy search and navigate.
What do you think of Google TV? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Dec 2013
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