It’s been known for a while that Google has been planning a fiber optic network to deliver high-speed Internet and possible cable television. Well, we will have a definitive answer on July 26th, as indicated by a short teaser announcement posted on the official Google Fiber website.
At this point we can only speculate what, if anything, this could have to do with Google TV. If the plan is to offer cable television service, it is almost certain that Google TV will be included in whatever set-top box will go along with the service.
Stay tuned for more information on July 26th.
A new startup called Snapstick is looking to take on Google TV and other Internet TV solutions with their new product which lets you “snap” video content from your phone to your TV. The software is still in early beta form, but it pretty much works like this: A small set-top box device is connected to the TV (although they’re not marketing it as a STB, more on that later), which is responsible for actually streaming the content to your TV. Your mobile device becomes the controller, where you navigate to whatever you want to watch (YouTube, Hulu, whatever), and once you find what you want to watch on your TV, you flick or snap your phone towards the device which will then push the content to your TV.
Snapstick is really plugging their software, which they feel is the key to all of this. Ultimately they hope to license this software to STB manufacturers, which would forgo them having to actually manufacturer any hardware themselves. I’ll admit, the concept is pretty interesting, and if whatever it gets built into can be made unblockable by Hulu and the major networks, I could see this becoming somewhat of a contender in the ITV arena. Again, this is pretty early beta type stuff, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one. Continue after the break to watch a brief video demo from Snapstick.
Sony has officially made their Google TV powered Internet TV, model number NSX-46GT1, available for pre-order for $1399.99. The 46-inch, 1080p TV features support for DNLA photos, USB storage, and 802.11.a/b/g/n. Oddly enough, the device’s refresh rate appears to be missing from the specifications, which is a pretty major spec to leave out.
You can find out more information about Sony’s Google TV powered Internet TV, as well as how to pre-order one, by visiting the Sony Style page here.
Continue reading after the break for the full specifications.
ABC featured a Google TV special on tonight’s episode of Nightline, which featured a guest appearance by Sony’s Google TV controller. Boasting two circular control pads, volume and channel controls, and a full keyboard – this puppy has everything you need to both channel and web surf to your heart’s content.
It seems a bit unconventional at first glance, so I’m going to wait until I can hold one in my hands before I pass any judgement. Continue after the break to check out a video clip of the ABC’s Google TV special featured on Nightline.
Now that the new Google TV website has everyone excited, it’s time for some more great news. Sony is giving away one of their new Internet TV’s, but you’re going to have to express a bit of creativity to snag the prize.
Remember, they are emphasizing creativity, so pictures and video are encouraged. For example, check out the video below from Sony video blogger Toby Turner.
Continue reading after the break for the full contest rules and eligibility, and good luck to all who enter!
We brought you a story last week that Logitech was rumored to begin shipping the Revue on September 29, which just so happens to be today. DigiTimes is now reporting that Logitech has in fact begun to ship the Revue to large retail chains like Best Buy, and is expected to move around 500,000 units by the end of this year. This, in combination with Sony’s Google TV powered Internet TV and Blu-ray player, puts an estimated 1 million Google TV units out into the wild this year.
With all the information swirling around about release dates, and which products are going to be available, it’s starting to look like the rumored October 17. release date is going to hold true. Furthermore, with Sony’s Internet TV being demonstrated at Best Buy’s holiday preview event yesterday, along with this new information about the Revue, it is also likely that both the Sony devices and the Logitech Revue are going to be available in Best Buy retail locations beginning October 17.
Again, no official announcement has been made by either Logitech, Sony, or Best Buy, so take this information with a grain of salt. However, the evidence is very compelling, and we will certainly be surprised if it doesn’t hold true.
We mentioned yesterday that Google was on hand at Best Buy’s holiday preview event to demonstrate Google TV, and now we have the pictures to show for it. Nothing that was shown off yesterday is anything new, although HDGuru notes a USB-mounted WiFi dongle mounted at the rear of the unit (see image below).
We’re not sure the reason behind the WiFi dongle, but it could perhaps mean that the Sony Internet TV does not come with WiFi built in. Again, these photos are nothing we haven’t seen below, but you can check out the image gallery courtesy of Engadget here.
NewTeeVee has officially announced the lineup for this year’s NewTeeVee Live, and Google TV’s Product Lead, Rishi Chandra, is part of the distinguished lineup of speakers. The event, being held at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California, will also feature speakers from Vevo, Samsung, Fox, and Nielsen.
Some of the discussion topics will include “Cutting the Cord”, highlighting the growing popularity of online content and the rate at which consumers are abandoning conventional cable and satellite providers, “Streaming HD”, which will examine the strains placed on networks by increased quality in online video, and of course, Google TV will be a big part of the discussion as well.
Source: Android and Me
Sony’s Google powered Internet TV sure has been making the rounds these past few days. The folks over at Android and Me shot this video, which offers the clearest up close and personal look we’ve seen thus far. Most of the ports have been covered, so Sony isn’t quite ready to share all the juicy details just yet. For the time being, be sure to check out the video embedded below.
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