In light of the FCC ruling on net neutrality earlier this week, we revisited the ongoing saga that is the Comcast-NBC merger and what it may mean for Google TV. Part of the original conditions proposed by the FCC is that if the merger is to take place, Comcast would have to make Internet content more available. Well, the FCC has formally announced the rules they are imposing, and it looks like that little clause is still in there.
Per the rules by the FCC, Comcast would have to make any NBC content available to competitors, which includes Internet streaming, “at reasonable, nondiscriminatory terms.” Comcast will also be unable to give their streams a priority over others or to interfere with rival Internet traffic. The verbiage is still a touch vague, so we will have to wait until the deal goes through to fully understand the implications. It seems like the day is drawing near, so stay tuned.
Earlier this month, we brought you a comparison chart showcasing Apple TV, Google TV (Logitech Revue), and Roku side by side. Now, Computerworld has composed a more in depth look of what each platform has to offer and testing them on several different networks and TVs. The same HD shows were tested on each device using Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and for Apple TV, iTunes.
They concluded that while Apple TV gives you access to your paid iTunes library and YouTube content, there isn’t a whole lot of options if you’re looking for free content to watch. Roku is is a similar boat, but does give customers access a few more options, such as Archive.org’s Prelinger collection. Google TV (Logitech Revue) offers the most potential in terms of what it can do, but at three times the price of Apple TV, some customers may have a hard time forking out the dough for a platform that has yet to reach its full potential.
Hit up the source link below to check out Computerworld’s full comparison of Apple TV, Google TV, and Roku.
Robert Kyncl has been picked up by Google, following an executive position at Netflix. His new title, VP of content partnerships, suggests that Google TV is getting serious about landing providers for their service.
As mentioned in our previous entry, 5 things Google TV needs to be successful, getting these types of partnerships is absolutely crucial. Kyncl was able to rake in thousands of stream-able titles from multiple providers during his 7-year stay at Netflix and the hope is that he will do the same at Google.
Here at GTVHub, we try not to cover a lot of opinion articles in favor of just sticking with the news. However, Jason Perlow over at ZDNet has written a fairly compelling piece about the nature of “pay as you go” TV, and why the current pricing structure proposed by Apple does not make financial sense.
The rumor mill is churning with reports that Apple is going to unveil a plan for .99 cent show rentals, but are those prices really that practical in today’s TV world? Perlow points out that the average TV watcher spends roughly 4 hours a day on the couch, which could equate to at least $30 dollars a week in iTunes rentals to satisfy that habit. Continue reading »
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Google TV has been in the press a lot the past few days, but not in a good way. As G-day draws near, media outlets are starting to have questions about whether Google TV is going to be able to deliver the goods. It’s been reported that Google has been cozying up with major networks like ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS in an effort to get them to make their online video more searchable, and to try and convince them to start streaming in a higher quality format. However, content providers remain skeptical about how they can benefit from the Internet-TV revolution, and it is up to Google to convince them.
One tool on Google’s side is TV Ads, which may be a key element in getting skeptics in the industry to embrace Google TV. Still, it may take more than the prospect of targeted ads based on demographics provided by personalized search and geo-location to get the job done. One thing is for certain, though, the clock is ticking for Google to make believers out of some very hesitant individuals.
Source: Los Angeles Times
As Google TV inches closer to living rooms across the country, there is a fear brewing in Hollywood that what happened to the music industry will soon be upending the entertainment biz. We’re talking of course about the ongoing conflict between music and the Internet, and the continued debate over piracy. The LA Times featured a great piece late last night discussing the fears that Google TV will either A) cause hordes of people to ditch their cable or satellite provider and watch TV online for free, or B), result in rampant piracy due to Google’s refusal to block bootlegged movies and TV shows.
“It’s kind of an end-run around their control of signal, and that’s scary,” said Harold Vogel, president of media investment firm Vogel Capital Management, of broadcasters’ response to Google TV. “Because if you don’t control the signal, then you can’t provide your own advertising. It really destroys the legacy business model.”
Got a bit more info for you from the Adobe Flash Summit! The guys over at AndroidCentral shot this great video of the full Google TV demo. This is probably the longest such video we have seen thus far, and although it deals primarily with how Flash runs on Google TV, it is still an excellent example of how it runs and operates. It appears to be running very smoothly, and handles streaming from YouTube like a champ. So go ahead and check it out if you haven’t already, it’s posted above.
If you are a Bittorrent user, chances are you’ve heard of Vuze. Last year, the torrent client gained the ability to “push” downloaded content, including HD video, to a variety of different devices, including consoles, iPods and iPhones. One year later, Vuse has just announced a new service which seeks to “pull” content, rather than push.
The new application, being called “Project Leap”, will allow the user to simply enter the name of a film or show, and will in turn search both the Web and any connected devices on the network. If the search comes up on Netflix, Hulu, an external device, etc, it will be streamed to the TV, or made available for purchase through another provider if no stream is found.
Vuze CEO Gilles BianRosa, when asked about a potential partnership with Google, said he would consider it only if the final product was incredible easy to use. Currently, Vuze has made no deals to bring Project Leap to any particular hardware device, although BianRosa did confirm he has received several offers. Nevertheless, a beta is slated for a September release on both PC and Mac.
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