Beginning today, Google TV users will have access to Movie, TV and Music content offerings from the Google Play Store. Similar to smartphone and tablet interfaces, purchases can be made directly from your big screen, and content that has already been purchased will automatically sync over to your TV. Additionally, developers have also received a major set of long-awaited features for Google TV including subscription based billing, auto-updating and smart app updates.
These features serve as much welcomed additions to Google TV, and hopefully indicate that Google isn’t quite ready to give up on the platform. So, do you own a Google TV? What do you think of the new features?
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV owners are in for a special treat. Google has announced its Movies & TV app is now available for the Sony unit, which allows owners of the device to (finally) watch various movies and shows at their heart’s content. All we need now is for the app to appear on more Google TV boxes— but alas, one thing at a time we suppose. If you’re an owner of the device, head on over to the source links for more details– but don’t blame us if you lose time and/or productivity from watching all your favorite items.
source: Google TV+
via: Android Central
Google announced on their official blog that you will soon be able to buy and rent over 600 Twentieth Century Fox titles in the Play Store. This is a major victory for Google as they are trying to compete with the massive content banks owned by Apple and Amazon. This new deal means that Google has a partnership with all six major film studios in the US, which could make the Play Store a more viable option for consumers.
Now when Google recommends something you might like, they could recommend Family Guy, X-Men or Black Swan. These titles should become available in the coming weeks, but starting today, you can already buy Prometheus, three weeks before its release on DVD or video-on-demand.
In late July, Google rolled out their new Google Fiber product to Kansas City. According to Capstone analyst Rory Maher, Google is now ready to expand to new locations. In a report on Business Insider today, Maher indicates he has been in contact with sources close to the Kansas City project and they are telling him “more cities will likely be bidding for Fiber soon.”
Google Fiber is Google’s entry into the physical plant side for television and Internet connections. Fiber gives them the opportunity to serve the “last mile” – the term used for the physical connection people use to access the Internet. The product itself includes HD quality television, a beefed up DVR capable of recording up to 500 hours and access via iOS and Android apps, and high-speed Internet service.
Is the Google Fiber product something you would be interested in coming to your location?
source: Business Insider
Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.
Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.”
Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.
As we reported earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Hisense is set to reveal a new sub-$100 Google TV box at IFA starting later this week. Hisense has now released an official press release with more details regarding their forthcoming device. Set to be named the Pulse, Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or less. The new set top box will have support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a variety of connection options including USB, HDMI, Ethernet and wifi. Hisense indicates the remote will be two-sided, with one side getting a dedicated Netflix button and the other side getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense indicates the device will be available from major retailers starting in mid-November. Hit the break for the press release on this latest entrant into the Google TV set top box market.
The Google TV set-top box market just got a little more crowded. Google has gained another partner in Hisense, a Chinese-based electronics company, which will produce a sub-$100 Google TV set-top box that will mainly compete with Vizio’s $99 Co-Star . The Hisense set-top box, which will ship with Google’s second generation Google TV software, is slated for release later this year. Hisense is the fifth company to partner with Google joining Vizio, Samsung, Sony, and LG. More specifics might be officially revealed at IFA so be sure to check back here beginning August 31 for any further details on this budget-friendly Google TV experience.
Remember the Vizio Co-Star Google TV box? Much of the specs for the device remained undetermined, but thanks to the folks at ifixit, some important specs are finally revealed. Here’s what you can expect from the Co-Star:
- Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
- Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
- Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 2 Gb DDR3 SD RAM (1GB total RAM)
- Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 32 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash
For $99 bucks, this definitely isn’t too bad for the hardware that you’re getting. Has anyone out there purchased one of these? If so, tell us your experience with the device.
With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box. Fiber TV is a combination of apps, services, and the set top box that provides access to television shows and the ability to record up to 500 hours of TV and eight shows at once.
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break: