Google TV - What is it and how can I get one?

by TerriRexson

Google TV combines TV and the web and google simplicity. Find out all about Google TV and how you can get it.

What is Google TV?

Google TV is Google's approach for integrating the web with our TV experience. 

If you've found yourself watching videos or playing internet games sat at a desk while the big screen TV in your living room sits empty then Google TV wants to solve that problem. 

Or if you often find yourself turning your laptop screen around to show others in the house the YouTube video you are watching. 

Or if you like to use your tablet PC to check the weather and stock market and use twitter, again with that big screen TV sitting idle, then Google TV could be interesting. 

Maybe you have access to loads of Cable Channels, but find it difficult to find something to watch. 

Of course this is Google TV so searching for things to watch and do is a big part of the experience. Google want to make it as easy to find things to watch on your TV as it is to find things online with google search. 


How does Google TV Work?

Google have built a user interface that runs on a TV to give you access to web content including video, games and apps. This includes Google's Chrome web browser (my favorite web browser.)

You can get Google TV built in to some new TV sets. Or you can buy a Google TV Box that connects to your existing TV to watch videos, play games, browse the web and use android apps. 

Either way, you'll get a large remote control with a keyboard that you can use to access internet content on your big TV.

Let's watch a video overview of Google TV. 

What is Google TV? Video

Sony is one of the first electronics companies that Google have partnered with to produce TVs with Google TV built in. 

Getting a Google TV set is worth considering if you need to replace a TV set, especially in a bedroom or kitchen where you'd rather avoid extra boxes cluttering the place up. It's also easy to set up and get running. 

Logitech Review Google TV Box

Logitech Revue Companion Box with Google TV and Keyboard ...
$164.99  $162.48

Sony Blu-Ray and Google TV Box

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You can also get a Google TV box that works with your existing TV from Logitech or Sony. This option gives you more flexibility in your choice of TV. 

Why I want Google TV

There are a few common scenarios that play out in our house:

  • "Mom I want to watch that program with the maned wolf in" Huh? I have no idea what this show is. I have to search the internet until I find the right thing (Diego if you're wondering.) and then find the episode somewhere on our TV (we use MythTV which is powerful but not as easy as I would like.)
  • "I've just instant messaged you a link to a YouTube video you should watch" - my partner at the other end of the sofa. We both watch the video on our laptops while our big TV looks like a big black picture frame on the wall. 
  • "What's the weather like today?" One or both of us check the weather on a laptop and then try and look over each other's shoulders at laptop screens. Or we both check different weather sites and get different predictions ...
  • "I'm watching this really cool show you'd like on video on demand. You should watch it too." So we both watch the same show separately on our laptops. Again that big TV just hangs there on the wall doing nothing. 

I'm in the UK so we're going to have to wait a bit longer for Google TV (2013 apparently.) But I can definitely see where Google are coming from on this one. I'm looking forward to Google TV. 

Updated: 01/07/2012, TerriRexson
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