Google TV may be on the way

May 03, 2010 by Lin Edwards report

( -- Google is planning to launch Google TV later this month according to news reports, with the Google I/O conference on 19-20 May tipped to be the most likely date for the big announcement. There is also speculation Google is seeking partnerships with big players such as Sony Corporation, Intel, and Logitech, to maximize the chances of success.

Google TV (so far officially unnamed) will operate on the Google Android , and would add Internet applications such as web searches and other Internet content to entertainment. The Google software for set-top boxes could give consumers an alternative to cable/satellite packages now available. Revenue would be raised from the web-based ads, which would reach a far wider audience than they do at present. If the concept is successful, it could change the face of TV, turning every set equipped with the software into an Internet terminal.

The first product to use Google TV is expected to be a set-top box running a version of Android called Dragonpoint, and using an Intel Atom processor and Logitech . The device, connected to televisions and even Blu-ray DVD players, would essentially allow them to act as computers running Internet searches, YouTube, and other Internet applications. Sony may add Google TV to its next generation of Internet-ready TVs, and it could also be built into other devices with connections to the Internet.

There are also unconfirmed reports that Google and the Dish network are testing a system that allows viewers to search for content on the Internet and from the Dish network’s own programs.

The annual Google I/O conference will be held on May 19-20 in San Francisco, and will be attended by an estimated 3,000 developers. The conference is regularly used by Google to showcase new technologies for developers, and is widely expected to be the forum in which Google TV is introduced, although others warn may wait until the technology is more mature before launching the software.

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4.2 / 5 (6) May 03, 2010
I hope comcast burns when this happens. Hopefully this will be payback for burning customers with high cable prices. I'll support Google 100% because they're a much reputable company... They offer gmail, google docs, maps, earth and many more for FREE unlike many other companies that try to squeeze every dollar they can out of customers.
4 / 5 (2) May 03, 2010
Comcast already has a plan to kill competition: Ration internet downloads sufficiently to make the Google idea unprofitable.Expect a Suprime Court Battle on this.
3.5 / 5 (2) May 03, 2010
Sure Comcast, its employees and management are bad people. Eveyone knows that, but they aren't the worst. Take a look at the people that are Goldman Sachs? The Goldman people are just plain rotten people.
4.5 / 5 (2) May 03, 2010
How much bandwidth will it require? Large numbers of people still have less than 1mbps. Will we be left out, again? BTW, Comcast won the Golden Poo award for worst company in the US.
4 / 5 (1) May 03, 2010
Cable TV is terribly overpriced and lacks programming options compared to internet television systems. For example Google Tv, shown above. And WhiteHatt - there are about 16 companies working on internet tv products due out this year. Tons of free content and the beginning of the end of Cable TV
4 / 5 (2) May 03, 2010
i watch one channel on cable tv only for live sports. the rest is worthless to me. If a cable company would offer single channels instead of these giant packages with 150 channels i dont watch I'd be all over it.
3.3 / 5 (3) May 03, 2010
OK, I'm placing my order now. I'll also take Google electricity along with Google high speed web on Google fiber optics. I also want Google water. I'm tired of that filthy fluoridated, chloraminated stuff from the city. Oh yes, I'll also be taking that Google neural implant. Does that include the smart phone?
not rated yet May 04, 2010
Time Warner had a "try for free" offer for internet so I created a Bank of America-30day-credit card and gave it to them. They charged me $53 during the signup and $25 the next day. I canceled the BofA card. They can keep the money. It's worth it to know for sure what rats they are.

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