Google TV coming to the UK this year
In a lecture this evening, Google’s executive chairman will outline plans for the new service to be launched in the UK. Eric Shmidt is scheduled to speak at the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival later today, and according to The Telegraph will reveal full details of the set top box which allows user to access online content on their TV.
What is Google TV?
Google TV has been designed to offer a seamless internet experience through the TV, integrating traditional TV with online content. In doing so, Google hopes to bridge the gap between the two mediums, and bring its brand into our living rooms.
Features of Google TV include being able to search across TV and internet content via Google’s search engine, and download apps created on the Android platform. The service will also allow smart phones to act as remote controls to view content.
As you might expect, Google TV also brings full web browsing to the TV. Web browsing is a feature that many of the higher end TVs have integrated these days, though the experience does tend to be rather limited.
Which’s Andrew Vandervell went hands-on with Google TV at this year’s CES:
When will it hit the UK?
Google TV has been available in the US for a number of months now, and we can expect to see it within the UK in the next six months.
With internet TV solutions already available from the likes of Sony and LG, and with most high end TV’s featuring online capabilities out of the box, we’re interested to see what Google can bring to the table. We will of course be testing the device in our lab as soon as it’s available.
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