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Inside YouTube's Plan To Dominate Your TV

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    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    http://mashable.com/2013/01/07/youtube-future-tv/ (click for full article)

    Inside YouTube's Plan To Dominate Your TV

    by Chris Taylor

    "Quick: Think of watching a YouTube video. What kind of screen pops into your head? Chances are you thought of your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet before you imagined flopping down in front of a YouTube video on your widescreen TV in the den.


    But that's an attitude YouTube is desparate to change - and TV makers are eager to help them out. A number of sets launching at CES 2013 this week in Las Vegas - including sets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony - offer the video service's recently launched "send to TV" feature.


    This lets you pair an Android phone with a TV on the same Wi-Fi network, and cue up videos using the YouTube app as your remote. Sony and Samsung apps on some recently-sold TVs already work with the feature, as do TV apps on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U consoles. Google TV not required. (Controls in the iOS YouTube app are coming soon.)


    And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. During interviews at YouTube HQ in San Bruno, Calif., the company tried its best to convince Mashable that a Minority Report-style future - one where the majority of us will simply flick videos off our phone screens and have them appear on our TVs, without a second thought - was just around the corner.


    "We're trying to build this infrastructure that scales everywhere from watching 1080p HD-quality video on your TV all the way down to using a dial-up modem in a developing country," says Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube director of product management. "We'd like to be all things video, and that means getting video into all places" - with your smartphone replacing your remote or your game controller."


    YouTube On Android Introduces One Button Pairing To TV:
     
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    Google bringing YouTube Android app pairing, updated UI to more TVs (click for full article)

    By Donald Melanson posted Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:11 PM


    "Google updated its YouTube app for Android back in November to allow for pairing with TVs equipped with Google TV, and it looks we'll soon be seeing quite a few more sets ready to work with your smartphone or tablet. The company confirmed today that new TVs from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony will be making their debut at CES, with additional sets and set-top boxes coming from Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Western Digital and others over the course of 2013.


    In related news, Google's announced that its new UI for YouTube on TV -- previously seen on the Wii U and PlayStation 3 -- will also be featured on those new devices, offering full 1080p videos and a fairly minimalist interface. You can check out a quick video of how the pairing works after the break."
     
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    Hmmm.. the author of the following article thinks that all of this increased YouTube TV functionality will be detrimental to the Google TV platform. Thoughts?

    YouTube TV To Replace Google TV, Several Brands To Reveal Service At CES - Smarthouse


    By David Richards | Saturday | 05/01/2013


    "Several major TV brands are set to launch YouTube TV as a replacement for a Google TV box similar to what Sony is currently selling in Australia.


    The new service will be launched at CES on Tuesday with Panasonic, LG, Bang & Olufsen and Sony set to be the first TV brands to deliver the service.


    Google said that several TV manufacturers will support YouTube on TV without the need for any additional hardware due to the use of embedded chip technology built into the new TV platforms.


    The new service will let users pair an Android smartphone or tablet with a television so that content can be streamed to the bigger screen. The handheld device will act as a remote control allowing users to browse for content while another video is playing on the TV users will also be able to queue videos ready for playback.


    Several Chinese brands including TCL, Hisense and Chunghong are set to release the service in the second half of 2013.


    Google says Phillips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba and Western Digital will also launch the service later in the year.


    Google has avoided using the term Google TV which is an indication the original platform is dead."

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    It would be nice if Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba and some of the others launched official Google TVs. But the following statement from the article is not very bright IMO:

    "Google has avoided using the term Google TV which is an indication the original platform is dead."

    Obviously TV manufacturers can't call "YouTube TV" Google TV - because they are two different services.

    Does the fact that Panasonic is supporting YouTube TV mean that they are now less likely to support Google TV in the future? - not necessarily. It all depends on if the Google TV platform takes off or not.

    Although for the time being it might be a "safer" approach for TV manufacturers to support YouTube TV - (if they feel uncomfortable going all out supporting Google TV at this juncture).
     
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    I don't know what this means but I have seen so many predictions that Google TV is dead that another doesn't bother me. CES starts tomorrow, we will see if manufacturers are showing off YouTube TVs or Google TVs.
     
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    i'm just ignorant to it
     
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    I don't know why Google doesn't treat YouTube more like a TV service. Group channels into configurable sets (these I want to see all shows, these I want to see what's new once in a while), let me watch them in chronological order (not newest first), keep track of what has been seen on any device, etc.

    People try to make things like TV shows (wigs channel), but then YouTube ruins it with their own awkward interface.
     

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