Google TV Gets Ready for Prime Time

Google TVGoogle (GOOG) TV, the much-anticipated new entertainment offering from the Web search titan, is getting closer to becoming a reality. On Monday, Google announced an list of content partners including HBO, CNBC, and the National Basketball Association.

Google TV represents the company's initial foray into home entertainment, and it comes at a time when other big tech companies like Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN) and Netflix (NFLX) have introduced -- or are racing to introduce -- rival offerings. In essence, Google wants to make the Internet fully accessible on your TV -- and in the process make searching for videos as easy as it's made searching for Web pages.

"Google TV is a new way to think about TV," Ambarish Kenghe, developer product manager for Google TV, wrote in a blog post. "it's a platform that combines your current TV programming and the open web into a single, seamless entertainment experience."

Google also said it has struck partnerships with a variety of Web-based content companies, including microblogging phenomenon Twitter and streaming-music site Pandora. Google TV will be built into new Sony (SNE) flat-screen units, as well as a new set-top box manufactured by Logitech (LOGI).

Interestingly, the big TV networks NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox, are not among the partners announced Monday. Google also didn't mention a price for its new offering.

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Pam Miller

I'm gonna miss the commradarie of knowing my friends/family were watching the same show, same time, I was watching. The office talk the next day, of shows we watched the night before. But I guess once again, out with the old, in with the new will be forced upon us all anyway. I often wonder how many ppl are already regretting these "bundle" services. After all, now if you can't pay your cable bill, you lose your internet and your phone service too. Frankly, I find these all just a scam to hook you into some type of contract. Contract? LOL! What happened to 20.00 phone service with free phone, and FREE tv/radio????? Well, good luck to all, I hope this new stuff is worth what we HAVE to pay for!

October 05 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rskillsta

Autopilot online TV programming is what Google is good at. A software program figures out your viewing habits and streams shows and movies that most likely entertain you.

October 05 2010 at 12:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Meredith

We have something similar to this in the Philippines. Our local cable networks incorporated internet browsing from your TV. You might expect it to be lag but actually, it's up to speed as you would be browsing on your computer. Facebook on a widescreen TV is well, huge.

October 04 2010 at 8:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
marine42247

Please don't forget to hire Rick Sanchez as a anchor for Google ur ratings will go sky high he'll do the right job for Google in ratings ,thanks we need Rick Sanchez back in our network Google .

October 04 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marine42247

Please don't forget to hire Rick Sanchez as a anchor for Google ur ratings will go sky high he'll do the right job for Google in ratings ,thanks we need Rick Sanchez back in our network Google .

October 04 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply