Google launches Google TV introduction, features detailed

Google’s marketing webpages for Google TV are now live online.

Google TV features include (from Google’s marketing, verbatim):

• Search your television: Type in what you want to watch, and we’ll find it for you. Google TV lets you seamlessly search all of the content on your TV, the web, and apps – then access it with a single click. You can also easily switch between TV and the web without having to change inputs on your television.

• The web is now a channel: With Google Chrome and Adobe Flash 10.1, Google TV lets you access everything on the web. Watch your favorite web videos, view photos, play games, check fantasy scores, chat with friends, and do everything else you’re accustomed to doing online. Plus, the world’s best websites are now being perfected for television.

• A new world of apps for your TV: Google TV will come pre-loaded with apps like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Starting early next year, apps from Android Market will work on Google TV as well.

• Your phone = remote control: Your Android phone or iPhone can be used to control your Google TV in place of a remote control. Use your voice to search, and even use multiple phones to control the same TV. No more fighting over the remote!

• Fling a video to your television: Find a great website on your phone and want to show it to everyone? Now you can. “Fling” what you’re watching, listening to, or doing on your phone by sending it to your TV with the press of a button.

• Watch it now: Never miss a show again. With Google TV, you can access over 40,000 shows and movies whenever you want with Netflix ($8.99 a month) or Amazon Video On Demand (shows start at 99 cents!).

• YouTube perfected for TV: YouTube is great on the web, but it’s even better on television. With YouTube Leanback, you can watch videos without ever clicking play — just sit back and watch all of your favorite YouTube content, personally chosen for you, in full screen HD. You can even create new channels on the fly.

• Watch and browse, simultaneously: With Google TV, you can browse the web or open an app and watch TV on the same screen. Check your fantasy football stats while watching the game, check your @replies on Twitter during American Idol, or purchase a product online right after you watch the ad. It’s just like picture-in-picture mode, but with the web and the TV.

• TV gets a homepage: Turn on your television and you’ll instantly have access to your favorite channels, apps, podcasts, and websites, thanks to the Google TV home screen. The home screen is customizable for you, by you, so that you can always change your preferences.

• Create a TV playlist: Want to watch something, but don’t have time right now? Send it to your Google Queue and watch it later. You can also subscribe to your favorite websites and video podcasts, add YouTube videos, and more. It’s like building a DVR for the web.

• Record from the search bar: If you’re a DISH NETWORK subscriber using Google TV, you’ll enjoy many enhanced TV and DVR features, including recording a show right from the search bar and being able to search all of your recordings at once.

• Rock out in your living room: Listen to your favorite music on the best speakers in your house by creating a personal radio station on the fly with Pandora or listening to any song, any time, with Napster.

• The ultimate picture frame: Turn the biggest screen in your house into a beautiful, high definition photo gallery. Now your TV can stream photos from Picasa, Flickr, and every other photo-sharing site. Plus, you can access any public gallery, not just your own.

• Over-the-air updates: How many consumer electronics products go up in value after you buy them? Google TV updates itself automatically, so you’ll get new features for free.

Source: Google

MacDailyNews Take: Your move, Steve. From what we can see, there’s nothing in the mishmash above that can even remotely compete with AirPlay’s potential. The big question with Apple TV is if, more like when, will Steve Jobs turn on the apps?

Recommended read: Gartenberg: Google overshoots for input 1 on your TV while Apple TV smartly targets input 2


  1. I don’t know about you guys but I hate using web browsers to “chat with friends” that’s what iChat is for

    And as for the hole fling thing: you could do that (and way more) with just 2 macs since 1993

  2. I don’t know about you guys but I hate using web browsers to “chat with friends” that’s what iChat is for

    And as for the hole fling thing: you could do that (and way more) with just 2 macs since 1993

  3. At first blush this seems awesome, but then it kind of sinks in that this is a hodgepodge. Most of the features don’t seem natural to the “GoogleTV”, but are outside…

    This isn’t a problem on the phone. I don’t mind flipping through outside apps for what I want, but somehow I’m not so psyched about don’t this on my tv. I want to turn it on and have what I want there.

    Makes AppleTV look better and better, and the theory of airplaying from your phone even seem smarter.

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