At Google I/O this morning, Google announced Google TV, an open source TV project based on a collaboration with Sony, Intel and Logitech. Sony will supply televisions based on Intel Atom CPUs and Logitech is designing remotes and wireless keyboards that will work with the smart TVs. The televisions will run a version of Google's Android OS.
Google is trying to bring the Internet to your living room. It's something that has been done before with widgets and the like but Google wants to do things a little bit differently. With Chrome built in, users will be able to switch from TV or Web and back again really easily. You'll also have the ability to search for shows to find out when they're on and where you can watch them. Google will search your DVR, the channels you have, YouTube and other Websites to find what you're looking for.
Though it sounds like you'll have to buy a new telly to try it out, that's not the case. Google says it's working with Sony and Logitech on a range of device, from TVs to Blu-ray players, to special companion boxes. These will go on sale in the fall from Best Buy stores nationwide. No word on pricing just yet.
Soon after the launch, Google is going to release an SDK so developers can start building applications and distributing them through the Android Market.
Check the video below for a quick preview of what Google TV has to offer.
It'll be interesting to see how this would work though. It may just be like trying to find something on the Internet now. Just Google it and see what comes up. If that's all it does for you then it's not really bringing anything together. However, if they did collaborate things from all over and have things more conveniently accessible then it would be a major improvement on the way things are done.
I really don't like the sounds of this if Sony is involved, especially if it should be with broadcast content. Cause once everything gets setup and ready for the public, Sony will probably stick a monkey wrench in the viewing contract that'll require the viewer to pay more for internet TV than Cable or Satellite currently costs.
Just look at how much Sony charges to watch one of their movies online through their viewing service. About $25 a pop which I find is not worth it. You can go out and buy the BlueRay for that price or the DVD for less or better yet, get the BlueRay from NetFlix, then return it or just stream it from NetFlix.