“Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Sony Corp. unveiled ‘Google TV’ on Thursday in the latest effort to marry the Web to television and reach into the $70 billion TV advertising market,” Alexei Oreskovic reports for Reuters.
“For Google, television represents an attractive market in which to expand its Internet advertising business, which generated the bulk of its $23.7 billion in 2009 revenue,” Oreskovic reports.
“Executives demonstrated how Google TV will work,” Oreskovic reports. A Google search box pops up directly on the screen, allowing surfing through broadcasting channels as well as the Internet. Searches can be typed on input devices resembling a tablet-like gadget. ‘Video should be consumed on the biggest, best and brightest screen in the house. And that’s a TV. It’s not a PC or a phone or anything else in between,’ said Google project senior product manager Rishi Chandra.”
Oreskovic reports, “Best Buy Co Inc. will sell devices and DISH Network TV will integrate into Google TV.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Some TVs will come with Google TV built into them and there will also be a standalone Google TV box to hook up to existing TVs.
Google’s ‘Google TV’ cartoon:
Direct link to video via YouTube here.
MacDailyNews Take: Wonder how they came up with the name “Google TV?” How original.
So, now Google wants to know what you like to watch. They want you to “open up your TV” to them. Don’t worry, they just showed you a cute cartoon.
Why don’t we just save them the effort and scan our drivers licenses, social security cards, passports, and birth certificates and email them off to Google along with a our contact lists and browser histories? Don’t worry, Google will take good care of them for us.
The more personal information you feed Google, the nastier it will become.
By the way, the problem with all of these devices, the best-in-class Apple TV included, lies with the content providers and the current gatekeepers of it, not the device makers. Until the content is available through these new services at acceptable prices, these type of devices won’t even sniff the mass market.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]