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Google TV 101

By Rachel Cericola
With the ultimate entertainment experience just days (maybe?) away, there are a few things you might want to know.


Back in May, Google announced Google TV, a new platform that combines the goodness of TV with the web - all of it.


Before you try to scoop up what could be the couch potato's best buddy, here are a few things you should know about Google TV.

How is it different? There are several manufacturers selling HDTVs with branded web apps. Panasonic has VIERA Cast, LG has NetCast, Samsung has Samsung Apps, and so on. While all of those offer additional entertainment from Netflix, Pandora, VUDU, YouTube, and more, they are still limited in how and what they display.




That's where Google TV should shine. Using Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1, you can access anything on the web and have it be optimized for TV viewing. However, a lot of content will still be app-based. Google says Google TV will come preloaded with apps for Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery.

How do you get Google TV? Google TV will feature apps, just like your smartphone. While we should expect Google TV to be built into future TVs, if you want it now, you'll need a box like Logitech's Revue, which will cost $299. Dish also showed a prototype Google TV Box at CEDIA Expo 2010.

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It seems that Sony's iteration of Google TV is baked in to a mediocre TV with a maximum 46 inch size. Does it make any sense to buy the Sony Google TV when one can purchase a top of the line LCD and a separate Logitech Revue box?
 

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What a horrendous article. No real expansion beyond what is already plain to see in the press releases.
 

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All you really need is a decent HTPC, an internet connection, a cable-TV connection, and a plain HDTV. Anything more than that, and you will start to get boxitis.

Yeh, I know some people are cutting the cable connection, but I won't do it until I can get all the shows I like to watch on the internet, and we're a long way from that right now.
 

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Looks like the Revue takes HDMI input, which must also support HDCP since it works with set top boxes. And then it can output the content using PiP, which means it does more than just overlay. Very interesting. Anyone want to bet when Google TV will be hacked to record HDCP protected HDMI content?


Other than that, it seems almost everything can be done with my HTPC already.
 

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Originally Posted by SillyConVal /forum/post/19340431


All you really need is a decent HTPC, an internet connection, a cable-TV connection, and a plain HDTV. Anything more than that, and you will start to get boxitis.

Yeh, I know some people are cutting the cable connection, but I won't do it until I can get all the shows I like to watch on the internet, and we're a long way from that right now.

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It's doable TODAY! The only thing you miss is live sports, but then a simple antenna and pc tv tuner should cover that...unless you want non-local games.
 
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