We are about 5 months in since Google officially announced Google TV at their Google I/O conference and it seems that they thought we were due for an update. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Google TV is supposed to be the beautiful convergence of the Web and your TV, but that is yet to be determined. The idea behind Google TV and similar offerings from Apple is that people would much rather be able to access information directly from their TV screen than having to jump on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
In this latest announcement, Google informs us that even though most websites already work with Google TV, a few partners have gone above and beyond to optimize their sites with Google TV. The details on those sites are below.
- Turner Broadcasting has been hard at work optimizing some of their most popular websites for viewing on Google TV, including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, available anytime through Google TV.
- NBC Universal has collaborated with Google TV to bring CNBC Real-Time, an application that allows you to track your favorite stocks and access news feeds while enjoying the best financial news from CNBC directly on the TV screen.
- HBO will bring access to hundreds of hours of programming to Google TV with HBO GO. Authenticated subscribers will soon be able to access all of their favorite HBO content on-demand in an enhanced website for Google TV.
- NBA has built NBA Game Time, an application that lets you follow game scores in real-time and catch up on the latest highlights from your favorite team in HD.
Google has also partnered with some of the leading premium content providers like Amazon VOD and Netflix to bring us even more movies and TV programs on demand. Amazon Video on Demand offers access to over 75,000 titles for rental or purchase, and Netflix will offer the ability to instantly watch unlimited movies and TV shows, anytime, streaming directly to the TV. Not be left out, several leading tech and media companies have been working to optimize their content for Google TV including news sites like The New York Times and USA Today; music sites like VEVO, Pandora and Napster; and Twitter. And with YouTube Leanback (isn’t that a Fat Joe song), Google is aiming to offer the best experience for you to watch your favorite viral videos and personalized channels on the television.
There are still a lot of questions about Google TV, most notably being price but Google promises to reveal many more details over the next few weeks, so I guess we will just have to wait and see. Our question to all of you is, are you planning to purchase Google TV or Apple TV? Do you want your Web and TV experience to merge or would you rather just keep them separate?
For more info check out Google TV’s new website that provides more information all the things you will be able to do with Google TV.
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