Google TV coming to EnglandThis entry was posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.
In early 2012 we could see Google TV coming to England, hooray!
Google launched the U.S version last year, but sales of the devices have not done well, it might have something to do with the fact that CBS, ABC and NBC have blocked programming access by the Google boxes, which sucks.
Hopefully it will take off in England when it comes over here, as it really is quite awesome.
Google TV gives you the whole Internet on your TV instead of just aspects of it like Virgin Media’s TiVo. It basically puts the Google Chrome web browser inside your TV, so you can browse the whole Internet as well as streaming video from TV providers, and watch your own videos.
Google TV lets you run Android apps on your TV, which is pretty sweet – imagine playing Angry Birds on a 42 inch TV screen. It will also come with some pre-loaded apps like Netflix (this being the American one so who knows, we may have LOVEFiLM instead) and Twitter to name just a couple.
Phone = Remote
Now all of this is cool, but I think this is just a great touch…
Your Android phone or iPhone can be used as a remote control in place of a normal TV remote. Use your voice to search, and even use multiple phones to control the same TV – no longer will you all be fighting over the remote!
That’s not the only thing you can do with your mobile. You can use ‘Fling’ to show everyone a website or video you are looking at on your phone with the press of a button to your television.
Watch and browse the Internet simultaneously. Google TV allows you to browse the Internet or an app and watch TV on the same screen, like picture-in-picture mode.
Check your Facebook or Twitter while the adverts are on in-between your programme, or even pop to an online shop and buy something then and there that is being advertised.
The service runs through a set-top box by Logitech, which connects to your HDTV, Wi-Fi and Cable or Satellite, i.e. your Freeview or Sky box. But in the US Sony sells TV’s with Google TV built-in, so let’s hope they come to England too.
So with Google TV coming to England in the next 6 months how much is this beauty going to cost, well if you go to the Logitech website there selling Google TV for $99.99 which converts to about £62 so if it keeps the same price when it comes over to England we will probably be seeing it for an est. £69.99.
I don’t think that is bad at all, I’m looking forward to this one.