Couldn’t make the trip out to Chicago this weekend for Lollapalooza? Well with the help of your Google TV you can enjoy the sights and sounds from the comfort of your home. Simply fire up the YouTube app and head on over to the Lollapalooza channel to watch a live stream from your Google TV.
The folks over at GTV Hacker got a good kick in the pants when they recently discovered an easter egg dedicated to them in the recovery binary of the Logitech Revue. The message, which needed to be decoded from rot13 reads as follows:
@gtvhackers congratulations if your reading this please post a note on your forum to let me know
As you can see from the above screen shot of the message in context, its followed by a listing of their names. Kind of a fun way for the GTV Hacker team to be immortalized–way to holla at a hacker, Logitech.
It usually doesn’t take a motivated hacker long to get their hands into filesystems, especially on Google devices. The Logitech Revue is no different, other than it may have taken a little longer for them to break in. Here, we see the Logitech Revue with Google TV being rooted, gaining full access to the GTV file system.
If you have a Logitech Revue, and are considering trying this at home, let this be a mild warning to you as it will take some hardware manipulation, along with a little patience, and a soldering kit. If it happens to not work as expected, there’s no turning back as you’ll need a new one unfortunately. More info is available at the source below.
So, Google TV fans, the year 2011 is now here. Who has some New Year’s resolutions? I know I do, and a lot of you out there probably do, too. Thankfully, the marketing team over at Google has some pointers on how to keep those resolutions – with the help of Google TV. The article sums up how Google TV can help you better yourself this year by:
- Picking up a musical instrument
- Learning a foreign language
- Get in some daily exercise, including fitness and yoga
There’s some great pointers to get you started in your new year’s list, so be sure to hit up the source link below to find out how. If you’ve got Google TV, this can be a great resource. If you don’t, however, why not make it part of your resolution list to get hooked up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
In case you missed the hilarious Revue commercial featuring Kevin Bacon playing his own biggest fan, do yourself a favor and watch that first. EW recently sat down with Mr. Bacon and discussed how the commercial came about, where he pulled the ideas for the character, and about some scenes which didn’t make it into the final version of the commercial. When asked how it all came together, he had the following to say:
“[Logitech] sent me like a breakdown for [the ad]. I read it and said, you know, it could be kind of cool, but I have to make sure that we’re all in sync about it. I didn’t know how far they wanted to go with the look and the character. If it was just me kind of walking around, people would think it was weird. So I started to talk with the director, this guy Ringan Ledwidge. And he was like yeah, we should really go far [with the character]. It was sort of like any other character that you play. You have to figure out the back story and you gotta figure out who he is and what makes him tick, what’s his life like. Exactly the same process working on anything [else].”
Also, when asked about whether or not he thought the character was too creepy, he discussed his effort to try and make him seem not creepy, but sweet and genuine. Hit up the source link for the full interview with EW.
We know that Google TV is a great tool for entertainment, but what about for education? Well, one student will attest that Google TV has helped him be more productive with his studies. He cites an example where he is watching a show and remembers he needs to look up a quote from Socrates. Instead of just trying to remember to do it later, with Google TV he can put his show in PIP mode and open up Chrome and find what he was looking for.
I think this is a pretty great example of how helpful Google TV can really be sometimes, and a great reminder that it isn’t JUST about watching videos online. Continue after the break to watch the brief video of the student’s answer as to why he loves Google TV.
Sources are saying that Netflix is looking to buddy up with studios to offer users prime time TV shows. The most interesting part? The fact that Netflix is willing to pay a huge chunk of change – up to $100,000 per episode – to bring their users this content, according to the New York Post.
The main drive behind this decision has to be competition. What with Google TV and Apple TV being so in the face of the entertainment industry, Netflix is going to have to be willing to pay out to bring the content that their competitors might not.
This little dandy was posted by the official Google TV Twitter account, which shows a Google TV themed living room that they’ve installed in one of their office lobbies. I don’t know about you guys, but I want the rug… and the pillows… actually, I think I’d just like to take it all. I think I know what I’ll be asking Santa for this holiday season.
CrunchGear has been doing a lot of talking about Google TV lately, haven’t they? They’re back today with a new article titled: Eight Reasons To Get a Google TV and Four Reasons Not Too. We’ll leave the source link so you can read their reasoning in detail, but here are their eight reasons for, and four reasons against:
- The Remotes
- Works With Any System, Any Provider (Kind of)
- Picture in Picture
- The 10-foot Interface
- Google is Trying
- Everything in One Place
- It Can Only Get better
- The Stripped Down Browser
- No Google Apps
- DLNA Instead of Direct Network Browsing
- It’s Half-Baked
Earlier today, CrunchGear reported that elements of the Google TV experience could be had on a regular browser by following the following links:
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