An Introduction to Google TV

I have a Google TV device.  AND I LOVE IT!  Google TV is a television operating system (TV OS) that sources content from your service provider, online sources, and storage media.  TVs with an OS such as Google TV are classified as “smart TVs”.

I believe that soon ( in the next to ten to twenty years) service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, etc will either go out of business or have to radically change to adapt to what smart TVs allow you to do.

With a smart TV you can have all your movies, pictures, and music on a hard drive plugged into your TV to watch or listen to at any time.  This is great if you own a lot of movies and music on disk, but this is not the most common scenario.  You can also watch (and record) shows from your TV provider.  Google TV provides a very clean and easy-to-use interface for interacting with this data stream, and in my opinion a better interface than what came on our Comcast box.

Those are two great features, but the best part is sourcing videos from online and streaming services.  Streaming services like Netflix are very easy to use, but that is a paid service; ones like Crackle are free!  The real power is that you can watch channels, both tradition ones like CNN Money, Fox News, CNBC, Cartoon Network, and internet TV channels like Blip or Vimeo, and some really great ones that you’ve never heard of like ReduxTV.

Also, there are apps available for your TV, like Cardio Trainer, Words with Friends, and many more.

I will be writing one post per week examining a specific feature, channel, app, device, or process associated with Google TV.

Here are a few links:
Main Site:  http://www.google.com/tv/
Twitter Feed:  https://twitter.com/googletv

6 thoughts on “An Introduction to Google TV

  • March 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM
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    Very interesting. I did not know this was out there. Looking forward to your future posts.

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  • March 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    Hey Kyle, great post! I’m looking forward to reading your weekly posts!

    Also, have to agree on your comment about the cable companies. They are on their way to becoming the next “Blockbuster Video’s”.

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    • March 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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      The Blockbuster comparison is apt.

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  • February 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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    I have a Logitech Revue (Google TV) connected to my tv on HDMI2. (With various foreign stations bookmarked). My cable w/DVR is connected to HDMI 1. Is there any way to record streaming content from the Google tv even if I had to obtain another stand-alone DVR?

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