Reports are coming in that Netflix for Google TV has received a much needed facelift, and that some people are already starting to see the update. One of my biggest complaints about Netflix on Google TV has been the fact that you need to use Netflix in Chrome to add content to your instant queue. However, with the new update (as you can see above) you can view suggestions, new arrivals, genres, navigate your instant queue, and (hallelujah) search!
Continue reading after the break to watch a video of the (supposed) new version of the Google TV Netflix application. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go sit and wait for the update to land on my Revue.
We are all very familiar by now with the ongoing saga that is the major networks blocking Google TV devices from streaming full episodes of content from their websites. However, we are starting to understand more about how they are accomplishing the ban, and what hackers are trying to do to work around it.
It seems that now, instead of banning Google TV’s Chrome user string, they are now blocking the Flash Player ID that is unique to the version of Flash on Google TV devices. Hackers are going to continue to find workarounds, and the networks will likely to continue to axe those workarounds. What this ultimately does is show the networks how big the market is for Google TV, and may help encourage them to work out some kind of deal with Google, or adapt to make their streaming content more profitable for users who want to access it this way (like more ads).
Something tells me this is far from over, so stay tuned for the latest in the conflict between Google and the major networks.
So, it’s the weekend and there’s not a whole lot of news to be had, but someone sent this in so I thought I’d post it for those of you that may be interested.
The picture above is a screenshot taken from visiting WhatHeaders.com in Google TV’s Chrome browser. This gives a little bit of insight into the makeup of the Google TV version of the Chrome browser, including the user-agent string. That’s probably the thing most of you are interested in, and seeing as it’s kind of cut off in this shot, here’s the full version:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U: Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.127 Large Screen Safari/533.4 GoogleTV/b39389
So, for you tech ninjas out there, here’s a little bit of geeky info about Google TV to ponder over your morning coffee. Also, if you’d like to learn a bit more about what this all means, check out this page about HTTP request headers.
One of the great things about having a physical keyboard to accompany your Logitech Revue are keyboard shortcuts, which perform a lot of great features that don’t come with dedicated buttons on the controller. Here are a list of some of the most common keyboard shortcuts, courtesy of the Revue Customer Care site.
- Ctrl + Direction Left Returns to the previous page.
- Ctrl + Direction Right Moves forward to the next page.
- Ctrl + Shift + N or Ctrl + Shift + T Creates a new incognito tab.
- Ctrl + L Bring the address bar.
- Ctrl + N or Ctrl + T Opens a new tab.
- Ctrl + W Closes a tab.
- Ctrl + Tab Cycles through the open tabs.
- Ctrl + Zooms in on browser.
- Ctrl - Zooms out on browser.
- Ctrl + 0 Zoom Reset.
- Ctrl + D Saves a page in the Bookmarks.
- Ctrl + F Brings up Find Text in Document search window.
- Ctrl + R Refreshes the page.
- Alt + Direction Left Returns to the previous page.
- Alt + Direction Right Moves forward to the next page.
With the launch of Google TV drawing ever so near, Google decided it was time to give Google TV a real presence on the Web. The very sleek (and naturally, TV friendly) design features a photo tour of Google TV, which possibly reveals some new information.
For example, the shot above which pertains to apps on Google TV possibly reveals some of the initial application offerings (seeing as the full Android Market isn’t available until 2011). From the shot we can identify Qriocity, Twitter, Amazon video, NBA, Napster, Chrome browser, Pandora, Netflix, and CNBC, among others.
Source: Android Central
Google TV was on display at the Adobe Flash Summit, and there was something cool which pertained to the wee ones out there. Google TV’s Chrome browser renders Flash websites, meaning kids can play interactive Flash games from sites like PBS right on the big screen. Check out the video below for a demo of Curious George, and stay tuned for more great Google TV coverage from the Adobe Flash Summit.
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