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    "THE NEXT GENERATION GOOGLE TV "UPDATE" IS NOW ON THE WAY, COMING VERY SOON TO YOUR GOOGLE TV DEVICE"

    "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK"
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    Google TV was a bold endeavor for Google (GOOG). It was supposed to pick up where Microsoft's (MSFT) WebTV failed in the 1990s. First launched in 2010, Google TV flopped and still is a flop for two reasons: expensive hardware and poor implementation. With hardly a mention as to what Google TV's future will be at this year's Google I/O, a product video for the next version of the platform (since made private) has surfaced showing off voice control. With it, Google could beat Apple (AAPL) to a voice-controllable TV.As TheNextWeb reports, the pulled video preview shows off a voice-activated search controls. Users can call out specific TV shows and movie names such as Mad Men, voice search by genre, and even launch apps and websites. A mini-guide located at the bottom of the screen also provides smarter recommendations as well.And if that wasn't already a big enough update, the video also showed off tablet connectivity that allows Google TV to relay content over to a smaller display, SmartGlass-style.Google hasn't revealed when the new Google TV will drop, but if the video slip-up is already ready to go, it could mean a launch very soon.
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    In the same week Google announced that Google Play Movies, TV shows and music were launching on Google TV this month, the Internet giant has posted a sneak peek at what's to come from the smart TV platform. However, no sooner had it published the video, it then swiftly made it private again...we're sure it'll surface again shortly.We did manage to watch it in full, and Peter Sherman, Google TV Product Marketing Manager, runs through some of the latest features, and they do look very enticing.For example, there's big improvements to Search, which now lets you use voice commands to surface content far more effectively than before.You can shout 'Mad Men', and it will peruse programmes on live TV, Netflix, YouTube and so on. Moreover, you can also search by genre - shout 'comedies', and it'll bring up all the funny flicks at your disposal, and it will let you jump straight into certain channels by shouting their name, i.e. "HBO", automatically loading that channel. It's not just about content though, you can also bring up apps and websites through voice commands, such as "Google Maps".Another key feature is a mini-guide, which lets you plan what you're watching next whilst still watching your current programme. It opens up at the bottom of the screen, so you can line it up for after.[​IMG]Google TV launched initially back in 2010, a service co-developed by Intel, Sony and Logitech.Back in June we reported that Google TV was finally launching outside of the US, arriving in the UK with the launch of Sony's new NSZ-GS7 Internet player and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player. Following its UK rollout, both devices were introduced in Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Netherlands, with the NSZ-GS7 Internet player also becoming available in Brazil and Mexico.As noted already, we were going to embed the video here but, well, it seems to have disappeared. So here's a screenshot of Sherman demoing the updated voice-search feature instead. We'll load the video here if, and when, it goes live again:[​IMG][​IMG]Google's ongoing efforts to unify all its products and become an all-encompassing media behemoth are taking a big step forward this month with the news that Google TV is set to get content from Google Play, including movies, TV shows and music.Google TV launched initially back in 2010, a service co-developed by Intel, Sony and Logitech. Now, in an announcement on its blog earlier today, the Internet giant said it would be rolling out the content on its smart TV platform over the coming weeks, starting today.This means that you can buy or rent content directly through Google Play on your TV, while any existing purchases you've already made through other platforms will be imported when you connect your Google account. Titles will also be discoverable through its TV & Movies app, which reels in recommendations for shows and movies available on live TV, as well as other apps such as Netflix, Amazon, and now Google Play.Google TV teaser video shows off neat voice-controlled content, genre and channel searches
    Google took another step to build out its media offerings today, connecting its Google Play store to Google TV to make its entertainment offerings available for the first time.Over the next few weeks, purchases and rentals made in the Play store will be accessible inside Google TV. Users will also be able to buy and rent content directly through the Google Play Store on Google TV. And any purchases made on another device -- a Nexus 7 tablet, say, or an Android smartphone -- will automatically show up as purchases on Google TV."Google Play gives you one place to find, enjoy and share your favorite entertainment with millions of songs and thousands of movies and TV shows for sale, and adds to the millions of entertainment options available for you on Google TV," the company said in a blog post.It's a logical evolution for the Google Play store, which was re-branded from Android Market earlier this year. My colleague Greg Sandoval broke the news that Play would sell movies in April.These features have long been available on Apple TV. More recently, Amazon Instant Prime brought video purchases and rentals to the devices on which it is available.Previously, Google Play on Google TV could be used only to purchase apps.The Google Play update also offered some goodies to developers: subscription billing, apps that update themselves automatically, and so-called "smart" updates, which let users download only the parts of an app that have changed.
     
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    Could Google TV actually work this time?

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    As a technology platform for search-driven TV navigation, Google TV has been an expensive and embarrassing flop. The first generation of set-top boxes didn't work and didn't sell. Google TV-enabled connected TVs were hobbled by a lack of processing power and an awkward user interface.
    Given that track record, it's hard to be optimistic about Google's TV fortunes. But recent moves by the company to refocus its efforts around content, rather than technology, are at least steps in the right direction.

    The splashiest move was last week's announcement that Google would invest $200 million to create 50-60 new channels of professional-quality original content for YouTube, both in the U.S. and Europe. That effort comes on top of the $100 million or more the company has already spent to create roughly 100 such premium channels in the U.S.
    YouTube's global head of content Robert Kyncl told the Wall Street Journal the company hopes eventually to develop premium channels in most of the 49 territories where it has rolled out a local version of the website - an effort that could ultimately mean investing hundreds of millions more to create original content.

    Separately, Kyncl said at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit this week that YouTube will begin experimenting with charging subscription fees for some of its branded content.
    While the dollar figures and original content drew the headlines, arguably the more important recent move was this week's announcement that the Google Play store will be integrated into Google TV, allowing Google TV users to rent and buy content directly from the Google Play store. Content purchased using other devices will also now sync with Google TV, allowing users to acquire content for Google TV using their Android-powered tablets or smartphones, solving the on-screen navigation problem that has plagued connected TVs since they were introduced.

    The main flaw with the first version of Google TV was that it attempted simply to layer interactive technology onto what, for most consumers, remains a passive experience -watching TV - without actually improving or enhancing that experience. While consumers historically have been willing to integrate new technology with television - attaching a game console, or DVD player, or connected set-top box - it has always been in the service of adding more content, not more functionality.

    Even if Google TV 1.0's technology had been ready for prime time (it was not) the effort was wrong-headed. Integrating the Google Play store into the latest version, and integrating Google TV into the broader Android content ecosystem, suggest Google may finally be learning from those mistakes.

    Likewise, the Investment in original content for YouTube suggests Google has figured out that for YouTube to remain relevant for the long term it needs to be more than a technology platform for sharing or distributing video content created elsewhere; it needs to be a platform for creating content as well.

    By itself, that realization is no guarantee of success. Creating original programming is a hard and expensive business with more flops than hits. But in the media business, functionality follows form, and if Google means to be a real player in media, it needs to focus on the form. That means focusing on the content, not just how you deliver it.
     
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    GOOGLE TV v3 TEASER: VOICE SEARCH, SECOND-SCREEN TABLET APP










    Google has begun teasing Google TV v3, the incoming update to its smart TV platform, complete with a tablet remote control app for second-screen navigation. The new - which you can see after the cut - shows version 3's voice control in action, with the Google TV remote serving as a microphone, and viewers able to ask for specific channels, apps, content searches, and genres.
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    Google TV v3 is apparently clever enough to know when you're asking for a particular show, a channel it has stored, or an app, and serve up the correct result accordingly. While you're actually watching something, you can now call up a mini-guide version of the personalized TV & Movies application, which occupies the bottom half of the screen and gives suggestions as to what you might want to switch to next.
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    This new mini-guide also acts as a jumping point into the various categories, and the full guide itself. Underneath each suggestion is an indicator as to how far through watching each show you are, if you've already started it.

    Update: Looks like someone at Google posted the video early; it's now set to private. Our screencaps show you the key features, however.
    The Google Play store, meanwhile, gets pride of place on the homescreen bar, and there's now Google TV specific content including movies and TV shows. No word on when this new third-gen version might actually start arriving on set-top boxes and in smart TVs, however stay tuned.
     
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    GOOGLE TV ADDING SIRI LIKR VOICE CONTROLS



    Google may be taking a page from Apple's Siri voice-controlled assistant feature for its future Google TVs. A patent application newly unearthed by Patently Apple reveals that Google is developing a Siri-like interface for Google TV that will introduce a variety of capabilities involving voice commands remotely sent to Google TVs via Android devices.


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    Users would be able to speak commands to their Android smartphones or tablets via an app that would then control their Google TVs. Through these Siri-like voice commands, users can browse and search for content, change channels, and ask when a certain show will air on Google TV.

    Since the system relies on Google's cloud infrastructure, commands can be sent even while the user is outside of their house, unlike with traditional remotes. For instance, you can turn on your TV and set it to the right channel as you're on your way home. Or, you can have the TV turn on automatically once it detects via GPS data that you're a 1/4 mile to your house. Other features include the ability to use voice commands to stream music to Google TV or to set up playlists.

    The patent application was filed on September 29, 2011, just ahead of Apple's official unveiling of Siri and and the iCloud.
     
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    Google TV VERSION 3 TO OFFER VOICE COMMAND AND MINI TV GUIDE

    Although to many people, the Google TV concept is dated (or even dead), a new version of the operating system is set for launch by Google. An 'accidentally' posted YouTube video demonstrated new features for Google TV V.3 including a mini TV guide and voice searching across both the web and the TV set.
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    Control Google TV with voice search but as quickly as the video came, it was removed again. When asked for a comment, Google said, "We're excited to bring users the next version of Google TV's software in the months ahead, but have nothing further to announce at this time."

    Although Google TV was launched prior to the surge in production of smart TV sets, the concept has failed to ignite the public's imagination, mainly due to content restrictions and lack of full web access.
    In the video, Google TV's Product Marketing Manager, Peter Sherman talks about the new features which includes a voice search that lets you throw away the remote. You can for instance say the name of a show or movie, and the software will search online services for the content, control volume and channel, or say a channel name and it will jump to it etc.
    The other main feature is the mini-guide, which is designed to let viewers arrange what to watch next while the show is still being watched by conveniently displaying options at the bottom of the screen.

    Although many expect Google to install Android on TV sets, they seem far from giving up on the Google TV concept, and have been adding features lately, including giving the OS access to the Google Play store so users can download and stream content
     
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    IS VOICE CONTROL COMING TO GOOGLE TV

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    So far, Google TV has failed to catch on but could a New Interface be the key to its future success?

    Could voice control be the solution to Google TV's teething problems? Google launched the platform, which combines the best of the web with the best of television, in 2010 and so far it has failed to take off, even if its partners in the venture, such as Sony, have been pushing HDTVs and accessories such as Blu-ray players that incorporate the technology.

    As well as a perceived lack of awareness, the challenge for Google seems to be the medium, not the content. What started off as a platform that offers web and TV services on consumers' televisions has quickly evolved to include more or less full access to Google Play apps, music, TV shows, films and music, plus Amazon and Netflix via their smart apps. However a TV is not a desktop with a keyboard or a tablet with a touchscreen and navigating this type of content or accessing services such as Google Maps searches is a very different proposition.

    Many in the industry, including Samsung and LG, believe that the solution could lie in motion or voice control and it would appear that Google shares this belief.

    A video that appeared on the web during the weekend but has since been taken down, showed Peter Sherman, Google TV's Product marketing Manager, demonstrating a number of voice control features. They include search, app activation and being able to say what you want to watch, whether a specific show, type of show or TV channel.

    The video also demonstrated tablet connectivity, enabling users to stream content from their TV to other devices.
    According to reports on BGR.com, the latest version of the platform also offers an improved guide function similar to that found on YouTube that allows users to preselect and order content for future viewing while watching another TV show, video clip or movie.

    Google TV was originally launched in the US in 2010 and since July 2012 has also been available in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.
     
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    Google TV: The Juicy Details Have Been Leaked



    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 19, 2012


    The initial release of the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) TV did not take off like many had hoped for; it was expensive, a bit clunky, and needed to improve to become a serious player in the TV industry. This summer the Google TV team promised more features and drastic improvements, and a sneak peak video that was temporarily displayed on YouTube showed that Google may be able to live up to the hype this time. The sneak peak video was publicly posted for a short time before being marked as private. In the video, Peter Sherman, Google TV Product Marketing Manager, ran through some features that were both innovative and enticing.

    The two features that really stood out were second screen integration and improvements to Google search. Second screen integration is more than just substituting old remotes for smart phones and tablets. The application is meant to bring an extra dimension to movies and TV programs. The second screen (the screen on your phone or tablet) provides extra content, related information, or interactive applications that are linked to your TV. Improvements to search will allow users to use voice commands to surface content far more effectively than before. For instance, if you would like to watch Seinfeld, you can make a voice command for Seinfeld and all the episodes from live TV, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and other streaming services would pop up as results at the bottom portion of the screen. The mini-guide feature will open up at the bottom of the screen, and will allow users to continue watching their show on the big screen while flipping through their searches or channels for something else.

    Google won't be the first company to release a voice-controlled content TV, as Samsung Electronics has TVs on the market that recognizes hand gestures and voice commands with the assistance of a "Smart Touch Remote." Samsung is the largest manufacturer of smart TVs, with more than 30% of the global market share. Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) is also on the innovative front of TVs, as their latest Viera line includes the Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) Dragon TV platform, and allows users to vocalize channel choices or perform Twitter updates. Nuance is known for their underlying technology behind Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)'s Siri voice-command service, and they are a provider of voice and language solutions for customers around the world.

    In the recent years we have seen a shift in how people use TVs. The development of several new television initiatives such as Apple TV, the Roku Player, Boxee box and Google TV are all examples of connecting the Internet-enabled devices. Expect to see the next wave of television to take another step forward. The companies in the table above are all key players in the television industry and are working on developing TVs that will have broader capabilities and will change the way we tune in to our favorite shows and channels.

    Looking at the table above, Google has the second highest P/E and EV/EBITDA, making it the second most expensive among the comparables. The massive search engine company also ranks second in terms of ROA, ROE, and their five year revenue CAGR. Apple ranks in the middle in terms of P/E and EV/EBITDA, and excels over all the comparables in ROA, ROE, and their five year revenue CAGR.

    The initial AppleTV was generally viewed as a better product than the first Google TV, but tablets and phones have been the main force that has pushed Apple ahead of their comparables. Panasonic is the second cheapest company in terms of P/E and EV/EBITDA. The Japan based electronic manufacturer has the second worst ROA and five year revenue CAGR, and the worst ROE among the comparables.

    Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) is the cheapest company among the comparables in terms of P/E and EV/EBITDA. The electronic, game, and entertainment company has the worst ROA and five year revenue CAGR, and the second worst ROA among the comparables. Looking at Nuance, the company is the most expensive, trading at 88.94 times their earnings with a EV/EBITDA of 23. The provider of voice and language solutions ranks in middle of the comparables in terms of ROA, ROE and five year revenue CAGR.

    The leaked features of the new Google TV have led many to believe the new product will be a game changer that reshapes the way people watch TV. On top of those key features, it's important to recognize how Google has made strides in turning YouTube into a site that can potentially compete with the major networks. Even after being shut down by the major cable networks, Google has made a push to expand their content on YouTube. Today tens of millions of people have created channels on YouTube. Looking at YouTube's suggested channels bar, the platform has positioned itself to keep users on the site by offering a variety of tailored channels that appeal to nearly every taste and preference.

    The appeal of Internet TV will continue to grow as television and software companies push for innovation. We expect the upcoming Google TV to be a much better product, as features like second screen integration and improvements to their search are implemented. Another catalyst for the success of the new Google TV is YouTube's improved quality in its offerings and expanded content base (Click here to see if Google can compete with cable networks).

    We believe if Google can continue to progress in facilitating full-length TV shows, they will be able to leverage their customized channels to compete with major broadcasters. Google has been at the innovative front in everything from their notorious search engine to the development of the driver-less car. The first Google TV left many with a bitter taste in consumers' mouths, but if the leaked details are any indication, Google should impress with the second generation of their device.

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