Video of Comic-Con Demo Provides Closer Look at Google TV

Preview of Google TV

--Digg Founder, Kevin Rose, Argues that the Apple iTV "Will Change Everything"

The blog, StuffWeLike, has shot and published a video of a demonstration of the new Google TV platform--working in tandem with DISH Network's pay-TV service--that the search giant gave at Comic-Con in San Diego last month (note: for more on Google TV, see the article published on itvt.com, May 24th). The demo showcases, among other things, the Android-based platform's Universal Search experience, its bookmarking feature, its integration of YouTube, and its Google Queue menu (which is notable for the way in which it appears to make podcasts seamlessly accessible to viewers in the living room, alongside DVR content). The video is embedded above. (Note: [itvt] has just published a short article by interactive TV-industry veteran, Michael Collette, entitled "Google TV: Does Video Search Shift the Balance of Search Power?")

In related news: Digg and Revision3 co-founder, Kevin Rose, has published some thoughts in his blog on the iTV, Apple's rumored $99 iOS-based replacement for its Apple TV OTT platform. According to Rose, who says that his sources tell him the device will be launched next month, the iTV "will change everything" for the following four reasons:

  • The availability of iOS TV Applications. "Expect to see an iPhone/Pad-like marketplace for television applications," Rose writes. "Video sharing/streaming/recording apps, interactive news apps, and of course games."
  • The availability of a la carte (app) stations. " With Apple's iAds, content producers (e.g., ABC/NBC/etc.) can directly monetize and distribute their content," Rose writes. "This will eventually destroy the television side of the cable and satellite industry, as your only requirement to access these on-demand stations will be an Internet connection. Say goodbye to your monthly cable bill."
  • Support for picture and video sharing. "At $99 your parents, grandparents, and friends will have an iTV," Rose argues. "Sharing pictures/videos from your iPhone will happen with the push of a button. Imagine getting a notification of new family videos the next time you turn on your TV. My mom will love this feature."
  • The ability of the device to transform the Apple iPad into "one big badass remote control." "The iPad will be the preferred input device for the iTV," Rose asserts. "You'll be able to edit videos, control games, and extend the interactive television experience. Imagine watching 'Monday Night Football' on the TV while viewing/exploring other camera angles on the iPad."

 

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