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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Google TV: 5 things it needs to succeed in the UK

    August 22, 2011



    [​IMG]Google needs the television industry. That’s expected to be the gist of chairman Eric Schmidt’s MacTaggart lecture at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh international television festival on Friday. After the disaster that is Google TV’s US launch, you’d be a fool to disagree.

    So just what does Google TV need to do to succeed in the UK? We’ve come up with a few things.


    1 iPlayer access
    If you’ve ever tried 4OD or ITV Player, you’ll appreciate just how far ahead the BBC’s iPlayer service is. Amazingly, Apple TV still doesn’t have iPlayer access (in the UK at least), when even the PS3 does. If Google TV wants to be a major player in the UK TV game, it needs iPlayer from the off, no question.


    2 The support of the channels
    Before Christmas a number of US networks started blocking flash videos from their websites from Google TV, which is strange, especially considering Google TV is basically just bringing a web browser to your big screen. Nevertheless, ABC, NBC, and CBS all blocked videos from their sites from Google TV, so if you want to stream full-length episodes from the three major US broadcasters’ websites, you’re flat out of luck. This seems incredibly shortsighted, and something Google needs to make sure is fixed for the UK launch. When Google unveiled its partners for the US launch, most TV networks weren’t on board; those that were only offered small apps, such as a CNBC stock ticker. Gets those deals inked, and we’re in business.


    3 Improved search
    Virgin Media TiVo has pretty much cornered the market in searching for TV shows. Type in what you’re looking for and it’ll search not only live TV and the on demand database, but the internet as well, throwing up results from YouTube. Google TV’s, meanwhile, presents hit and miss results, and US reviewers criticised its quirks, such as sometimes searching within the app launched and sometimes scouring the TV listings. Given Google’s experience in search, we’re expecting big things.


    4 Partnership deals
    Google TV launched partnered with Sony, Intel and Logitech – Intel chips powered it, and Sony and Logitech made gear compatible with the service. Impressive partners, and no doubt all very capable with plenty of cache, but if Google wants to make real inroads it’ll need to play to the majority of TV viewers, and that means hitting up the Tesco brands too. So Bush, Humax, Goodmans, Grundig, and the rest. Only when it’s as easy to partner with as Android will it start seeing a similar uptake in the UK.


    5 Better controls
    Back in our Apple TV review, we sang the praises of using the iPhone/iPod Touch app to control it – if you’ve either device, you’ll rarely reach for the Apple TV remote. Google TV, by contrast, involves a QWERTY keyboard layout (as specified by Google), and mouse control in combination with standard arrow keys to navigate. Which is confusing to say the least. The D-pad’s Select button, for example, has nothing to do with where the mouse cursor is, but instead clicks whatever you last selected using the keyboard. Some serious integration is needed. Of course, you could always use the app to control from your phone, but better basic controls would help the uninitiated.




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    This is one of those "easier said than done" instances. Especially when these networks foresee internet content delivery to "cord cutters" as infringing on their high-dollar agreements with their channel line providers. It would be impossible for Google to match these dollars in order for these deals to be competitive enough to the already existing contracts.

    Some of these networks are trying to balance audience needs with content profitability. For example; Fox, AMC, HBO, and EPIX all have deployed their own "Pay Wall" to the TV Everywhere experience which restricts content delivery to paid access subscribers. So, its only a matter of time when these networks open up access to their content, provided that there's some mechanism in place to secure their profitability. After all, its a capitalistic world and everybody wants to get theirs.
     
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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    iPlayer, 5OD, just to name a few...

    Tired of having to get those channels the long way...
     
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    Coming soon, Google on your goggle-box: Internet giant launches service that will allow you to surf on your TV

    26th August 2011

    [​IMG] Google TV: Users will be able to watch TV and surf the internet at the same time

    Google is to launch a new era of ‘internet TV’ with a service that allows users to search their screens in the same way as the web.


    The innovation, Google TV, will mean viewers can use their set for television and the internet – and even both at the same time.


    Users will be able to watch material from catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main television screen.


    Google TV, which is accessed through a special set-top box, will launch in the UK within six months.


    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will outline his vision tonight when he gives this year’s MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.



    According to the company, Google TV allows people to search all of the content on the TV and the internet by using a ‘single click




    The service will also let you switch between the TV and internet on your main screen without having to adjust any cables.




    Smartphones and iPhones can be used instead of a remote control to change channels, and people can even use their voice to conduct searches.


    The service also has a special version of YouTube in high definition.


    Mr Schmidt is expected to talk about how we are increasingly watching TV and using the internet at the same time, notably with shows like The X Factor, when viewers switch between watching the programme and reading the online reaction on Twitter.

    [​IMG] X-Factor: Google TV will allow viewers of shows like the X Factor to switch between watching the programme and reading the online reaction on Twitter



    But despite the apparent ground-breaking nature of Google TV, it has so far failed to take off in the U.S..


    Apart from claims that the manufacturer was charging too much for the boxes – about £152 – there has been criticism that it is difficult to use.



    And a number of the options Google is offering through its new service are already available on competitors’ products.


    Apple TV, which costs £100 for a set-top box, allows users to rent films and TV programmes and watch shows direct from the internet on a television.


    Nintendo’s Wii console lets owners browse the internet on their TV and use the BBC iPlayer, while Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation 3 also offer similar services.

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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    I am assuming that this article was written for the U.K. only?? And not the U.S.??

    I have heard talk about iPlayer coming to the U.S. next year or so, for a fee of course...
    Other countries have that ability to get that, except us here...
    We are down the totem pole so to speak....
    Branson and his Virgin ind. was fighting it heavily, so I say to them,..
    STOP giving the U.K. OUR tv programs then...
    Tis for a tat, I say...
     
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    I am considering buying a logitech revue from the states. Not interested in tv, mainly Internet searching and connecting to media on my nas drive. When uk only apps like bbciplayer become available...I assume I'll be able to download the app or because I've bought from the states will it restrict me?
     
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    Good question indeed..

    I do think we here in the States will be able to get a monthly app for $ X.XX and we will be able to get it then..
    Not sure when iPlayer will be available here yet, but when we get the update, then we can at least
    change our addy to see U.K. sites as now on a desktop.. which either a vpn or " other " ways around it..
     

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