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Google TV Set For UK Launch

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Google TV is set to launch in the UK within the next six months according to reports in the press today.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the company is planning on launching its internet TV service on this side of the Atlantic following its launch in the US last year.

The service allows users to view the web through their TV as well as watching catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and 4OD. The service is accessed via a set-top box or a TV integrated with Google TV such as sets from Sony, Sharp and Toshiba.

Since launching in the US, the service has had a wobbly start with delays and slow take up.

Google TV UK

The full plans for the service in the UK will be unveiled by Eric Schmidt today when he gives the MacTaggart lecture at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Schmidt will be the first person from outside the broadcasting industry to deliver the prestigious speech in the festival's history.

You will be able to view the speech live from 6.45pm this evening (Friday, 26 September) on the Festival’s YouTube page.

With connected TVs, Apple TV, Boxee Box and the up-coming YouView service all competing against it, Google TV will find it difficult to carve out a niche for itself in the UK, but deals with partners such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will be vital.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

ChaosDefinesOrder

August 26, 2011, 6:41 pm

Here's an idea for Google TV: Have is as an additional UI when ANY Android device with HDMI output capability is connected to an external source. Similar in principle to Media Center [sic] on Windows 7 and like the Car Home in Android phones.

I say ANY device with an HDMI output because most of the existing devices may as well not have the port given how essentially useless they are (I'm looking at you, Dell Streak)

AV out should clone the device screen at the very least or provide EXTRA functionality (such as Google TV interface), not require a single limited application that can barely function such as a slightly modified Gallery.apk that can only play H.264 .mp4 and has NO controls for music playback

/rant

alphanash

August 26, 2011, 9:04 pm

PS3, blu-ray players, TVs, media streamers, phones, ipad and PC/Macs already have access to some or all of the major services (iPlayer, itv, 4od, YouTube and lovefilm)

I hope the Google TV has more to offer than what most of us probably already have hooked up to the TV

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