Google TV is a great new home entertainment platform which brings together two established technologies – the Internet and television.
Google has built an open system which gives you easy access to Internet sites with full search capabilities, TV channels and recorded media. All of this is presented in a seamless way so that you can now virtually consider the Internet as just another TV channel.
Naturally all of the movies, TV shows, videos, music, photos and other media which you enjoy are available on your high definition TV set and attached sound system, regardless of where they originate – terrestrial TV, satellite, cable, free or subscription TV, Internet or locally stored.
One of the many features of Google TV is that you can have a personalized home screen on your HD TV which lets you organize all your favorite video and audio content, irrespective of where it comes from.
You can now search for anything on the Internet using Google TV just as you can on your PC, and the dual screen feature of Google TV means you can search and browse information while simultaneously watching video content.
Google TV comes standard with a cool interface to Netflix, meaning you can easily browse and watch movies from the extensive Netflix catalog.
Also, you can use your Android phone as a remote control for your TV using a very clever App available in the Android Market. This App even has voice activated controls for your TV. Brilliant.
The initial implementation of Google TV is in conjunction with two strategic partners – Logitech and Sony.
Logitech Revue Box with Google TV
Logitech has developed the Revue Box which acts as a central hub for your home entertainment system, running Google TV.
The Logitech Revue Box handles the connections for your network, high definition television, set top box, digital video recorder (DVR) and other home entertainment components while providing a simple and intuitive user interface.
The Logitech Revue also adds some great features to your Google TV experience, such as high definition video calling and the Harmony App which lets you use your smart phone as a remote control.
The Revue from Logitech is just about the ultimate media server and media streamer available, thanks to its clever implementation of Google TV.
Read more about the Logitech Revue Box with Google TV.
Sony Internet TV with Google TV
Sony has developed the first high definition television receiver with Google TV built in.
This is the perfect option if you are looking to get a new HD TV – no need for an extra box to run Google TV.
The Sony Internet TV experience comes in multiple screen sizes from 24 inch to 46 inch.
Read more about the Sony Internet HD TV (with Google TV).