Looks like Google is hitting roadblocks at every turn with their eponymous TV hardware - which is really a shame, given just how much potential it seems to have. A few weeks ago, the major networks decided to start blocking Google TVs from accessing their content, whether it was via their proprietary feeds (i.e. ABC.com) or directly through Hulu. Just about the only method of streaming left was Fancast (which actually backdoors content from Hulu).
Google TV hasn't been in the wild for long, but major content providers like ABC, CBS, and NBC are already blocking their content from Google's awesome little TV companion. This, as you might have guessed, sucks.
With the advent of TV on the Internet, broadcasters have shown us time and time again that they just aren't ready to embrace the fact that we can get their content from sources other than our TVs.
Looks like New York's the place to be tonight, especially if you're an Android fan looking for a Google TV built by Sony - the company has just announced the "Sony Internet TV", which will be available in four sizes: 24", 32", 40", and 46", priced at $599.99, $799.99, $999.99, and $1,399.99 respectively. While each model does offer unique specs (all of which are listed in the press release at the end of this post), all will come with:
- Google TV built in
- four HDMI input ports alongside four USB inputs
- a 1080p LED display (with the exception of the lowest-end 24-inch model, which will feature a plain CCFL backlit LCD panel, with the 1080p resolution remaining unchanged)
- an Intel Atom processor
- access to the Android market in early 2011
Sony also announced that users will be able to control their Internet TV with the RF QWERTY keyboard (pictured above) as well as with an Android app that will be available from the Market "later this fall."
Finally, to put it in the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company announced one more thing - a $399 Blu-ray Disc Player, which will offer only one HDMI input port and the same four USB ports, although with the addition of an HDMI output port.
Things are really coming along in the Google TV world, aren't they? First, a survey by Appcelerator showed that developers were showing strong interest in Google TV. A few days later, Google revealed that major players in the entertainment industry were backing GTV in a big way - and also gave us a short preview.
Fast forward to today, and Sony has opened up registration for its Android Developer Site. Thus far, there doesn't seem to be much to it - but they promise that there will be "...
The Logitech Revue site has gone live, and it includes all the details on the Google TV-powered box we've already heard so much about. You won't find much information on Google TV, but what you will find is plenty of information on the Revue itself, as well as its many accessories.
First things first: the Revue is available for pre-order right now, and is priced at $299.99. That price includes both the box and the keyboard; the keyboard has a touchpad and remote controls so you won't need a separate remote (you can check out a picture of the keyboard below).
According to Google’s announcement today, it seems that content providers really, really like the idea of Google TV – which is a good sign, as content can often make or break new platforms. Specifically, Google say they've "been overwhelmed by interest from partners on how they can use the Google TV platform." And by "partners," they mean a fairly significant number of big players:
- Turner Broadcasting has been hard at work optimizing some of their most popular websites for viewing on Google TV, including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, available anytime through Google TV.
If you just chose the third answer, it appears that, come October 6th, Logitech will finally have a chance to explain (or excuse) itself for that god-awful advertising campaign. Oh yeah, and the company will also introduce a "line of products for Google TV," which could end up being seriously awesome considering what Google unveiled at the I/O developer conference, but if I were Jerry Quindlend, Logitech CEO, all I'd be thinking of right now is the best way to publicly apologize for this.
Logitech has released its first commercials for the Revue, the first Google TV box to hit the market. The commercials are so weird on so many levels - it looks like Logitech is going to be using a giant TV with legs as the mascot. Not creepy enough? The TV either displays a giant human eye or a giant human mouth. Like I said, freaking weird.
I'm not going to lie, I'd probably freak the hell out too.
Yesterday, Aaron and I attended the Adobe Android Summit, where Adobe, among other things, did a demo of the upcoming Google TV box. Below, you will find Aditya Bansod's whole talk recorded by me in 1080P HD using Canon T2i (love this beast).
For more info on this and other talks, read Aaron's summary report: Adobe Android Summit 2010: "One Web. Any Device."
Yesterday, we spent the day at Adobe HQ for their Adobe for Android Summit. We heard from Anup Murarka of the Mobile and Devices team, Paul Betlem for Flash, Aaron Filner for AIR, and N.J. on Flash platform tools.
Anub started off with some numbers:
- 85 of Alexa Top 100 sites use Flash
- 70% of web games use Flash
- 70% of all video on the web is Flash
- 98% of internet connected PCs have Flash player worldwide
- 95% of internet connected PCs worldwide have installed Flash Player 10
- 90% of top 20 OEMs committed to delivering Flash
Thanks to its wide distribution and variety of usability - whether for an app, a game, a movie, or something else - Flash is just about everywhere.