Thursday, October 7, 2010

Logitech Launches Google TV (Video) *Intel CEO: This is just the beginning of the smart TV revolution*


Google TV: TV Meets Web, Web Meets TV

Logitech Launches Google TV

A more definitive date as to when Google TV will be available was announced by Logitech. Logitech will begin shipping the Revue box with Google TV by the end of October, when it will also be available at retail outlet Best Buy. Sony will announce their version of Google TV next week. “Just as we have done with the PC and with home entertainment systems, our role with Google TV is to give people the ability to control and interact with their content and devices with unprecedented ease,” said Gerald P. Quindlen, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “With our line of products for Google TV, Logitech will help redefine the user experience in the digital living room.” The product is called Logitech Revue™ with Google TV™.

In the video below, Intel CEO Paul Otellini discusses the future of consumer technology and Google TV in particular. He states Intel began shipping the chips for Google TV in September. Apple TV is referred to as "simplistic" compared to the "more advanced" Google TV utilizing the Intel Atom processor. This is the just the beginning of the "smart TV revolution" and the "Holy Grail" is a "seamless, proactive integration" of content on TV and the Internet, according to Otellini. The next step is the seamless integration of social networking into Internet-enabled television. All of this combined is the "Vision of Google TV" per Otellini.

Otellini goes on to say Apple TV is a streaming device for protected content and there is a market for that. However, he believes there is a bigger market for a "deeper integration of the Internet into content" which Google TV provides. Will Google TV beat Apple TV? Otellini says "who knows?" and notes Intel sells chips to Apple.

(CNNMoney: Intel CEO on Google TV's "Holy Grail")

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