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Google Testing TV Search Service On Android-Enhanced Set-Top Boxes

 9:11 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)


Google is testing a new TV search service with Dish Network, the no. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, the WSJ reports.

The service lets you search TV shows and Web video, including YouTube videos, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro reports. The service runs on set-top boxes "using elements of Google's Android operating system," and is currently being tested by Google employees and their families, according to the WSJ.



 9:55 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Might be fun if "on demand" but not all that fun if just a list of "what's on". Meanwhile several tv schedule sites give me the same thing.


 11:09 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Meanwhile several tv schedule sites give me the same thing.

What, you get Hulu, Youtube and Netflix?

Sorry, I had to get a PS3 just for games, BlueRay and streaming Netflix in one box because it seemed kind of silly to get a BlueRay DVD separate and Netflix streaming box, the entertainment center would be overflowing in boxes.

Too bad they don't have an Android box for cable yet, I'd try it and it better have 2-tuners minimum able to expand to 4!

Can you imagine a set-top box that has access to toys in an Android Marketplace?

3rd parties could create all sorts of innovative tools for the TV and we wouldn't be locked into one draconian interface that frustrates most because of it's lacking.

I can also see an easy tie-in for Android phones to remotely program Android set-top boxes, or even play video from an Android box over the phone to watch your pre-recorded programs.

It could be fun!

[edited by: incrediBILL at 11:34 pm (utc) on Mar 8, 2010]


 11:18 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think I said "it might be fun", but I don't Cable, PS3, BlueRay, Settop box or Android. I must be missing out on something! :)


 6:11 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

A good friend of mine works for the online marketing department of the TV stations of a huge media firm. His goal is to get them to embrace the web as a marketing/advertisement tool, and they are struggling like crazy to do it.

Yet, within 5 years, it wont be abut just web marketing anymore. It will be about the web itself.

I predict the TV will be just another web-providing device, and people will watch as much web-content as cable-content. Point in hand, the RSS agregator built in the latest TiVo. Basically, you can make your custom RSS-fed TV channel with that.

And then there is the Netflix software, embedded in PS3 to Samsung TVs to soon everything else that connects to a TV.

And eventually we will see Android set-top boxes; and as Android is an open-ecosystem (finally someone is opening up) you'll have tons of apps turning your TV into your own custom TV.

Now, how can we make money with this?


 12:36 am on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/goog/4094412.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 12:31 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (utc 0)

Google is privately testing a television set-top box that lets users search satellite TV programming as well as video websites like its very own YouTube, according to a new report.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports that Mountain View is testing this Google-software-powered set-top box in tandem with satellite TV provider Dish Network and that the tests are limited to a small number of Google employees and their families.

As reported at The Register.


 1:00 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

There's a report here with regards to a tie up with Sony [smh.com.au...] I assume it's in the same vein as the above .

Early days - but the convergence of information channels is still as alive today as it was when it was first talked about in the .com boom days.

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