WD could be the next Google TV manufacturer

WD could be the next Google TV manufacturer

We don’t often think about Western Digital when talking about possible upcoming Google TV manufacturers, but the company might be surprising us with yet another great Google TV option soon. WD has posted a job listing looking for a software architect to handle the production of some new Google TV and “Android TV” devices.

“Lead SW architecture design and deployment for android based IP set top boxes. Work with internal and external teams to architect, design, develop, and deploy IP set top boxes based on the Android operating system. This would include Android TV and Google TV solutions.”

We have no idea what they mean by “Android TV”. Maybe they are planning to also release some of those non-Google TV, Android-based set-top boxes. Regardless, Google TV is also mentioned, and the platform does run Android, after all. Maybe they just got a bit too crazy with the wording.

We still have no idea what these products will be like, or when they could be announced/released. We won’t be surprised to see them showing up soon, though!

[Source: Western Digital Via: gigaom]

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HBO could finally get an internet-only subscription!

Time Warner Cable CEO open to bring HBO internet-only subscriptions

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HBO and cable providers have had to fend off millions of unhappy, complaining customers. We have all been begging for HBO access without a TV subscription as we move into an internet-controlled future. Why do we need to have a cable subscription to be able to watch Game of Thrones on HBO Go? Can’t you just charge me to use HBO Go on its own? A solution may be coming soon!

Jeff BewkesTWC CEO Jeff Bewkes says he is open to the idea of offering HBO Go access without TV, so long as it is bundled with their internet package. This way, the customers would be able to get what they want without having to hurt their relationship with HBO.

Bewkes puts much focus on the way things are moving. He is concerned on how things will work as people get ready to ditch cable TV for internet services. For example, you may be able to get HBO Go and other streamed content with your internet bundle at some point in the future, but the TV business would still be hurt. This means cable providers might have to raise their internet prices to make up for the losses.

It seems to me Time Warner Cable is getting ready for the fight ahead. They keep fighting to keep TV content offline, but there is no way to really stop the monster. Internet TV is coming… sooner or later. TWC has to adapt to the times instead of staying stubborn.

There is a lot of money in HBO and it’s hard for people to get legal access to it. I am sure Game of Thrones wouldn’t have become the most pirated show in history if it was readily available for us to pay for. And this may be finally happening soon. Let’s hope this evolves into much more than a possibility!

Meanwhile, let’s hope we can get HBO Go back on Google TV! I would hate it if cable companies finally allowed us to get HBO Go on its own, while our Google TVs stay incompatible.

[Deadline]

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Edgar Cervantes is a Contributing Editor for GTVsource.com and has posted 171 articles. .

  • captainkirk

    It definitely would be ridiculous if cable companies offered a pay for HBO Go on its own and didn’t allow it on GTV.

Vizio sets the standard: $99 Google TV box with integrated OnLive gaming

Vizio sets the standard: $99 Google TV box with integrated OnLive gaming


Options for Google TV fans may not be abundant, but we have some good products out there. Most Google TV products come with what some may consider a hefty price tag, though. Google-powered TVs go for as much as $2100, with set top boxes costing about $200-$300. Aside from las year’s amazing (and final) deal from Logitech, we have not seen a good offer for those that want to experience Google TV without breaking the pocket. And Vizio is here to set things straight and offer just that.

Vizio kept this one very well hidden, as we didn’t know much about it. Even though they clearly expressed their plan to join the Google TV market, at CES. We are still left a bit in the dark side about specifications, but a few main details are now available.

The Vizio Co-Star will be available for a mere $99, and with support for OnLive gaming, it is about the best deal a Benjamin can get you. The box also features 1080 HD and 3D support, as well as DLNA, WiFi 802.11 N and a Bluetooth remote control. This remote is also dual-sided like Sony’s, but its design is much different (which may be great news for some of you).

Pre-sales go live in July, 2012, so get ready for some good Google TV action. With OnLive support and its amazing price, Vizio pretty much has me sold and I am biting the bait. Are you?

VIZIO Launches The VIZIO Co-Star™ With Google TV Giving Users The Power To Turn Any HDTV Into The Ultimate Smart TV

IRVINE, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today the launch of the highly anticipated VIZIO Co-Star™ Stream Player. Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience. With VIZIO’s new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities-via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support-and the best in streaming entertainment.

Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box. This allows viewers to enjoy live TV along with the web, apps, OnLive cloud gaming, and other streaming entertainment without interrupting what they’re already watching. This integrated experience along with the universal touchpad remote with keyboard eliminates the need to switch TV inputs or remotes to access alternative content and provides viewers with a truly smart TV experience.

“Our focus to deliver the best consumer experience continues with today’s announcement of the Co-Star, which delivers a superior smart TV interface that anyone can add to their existing HDTV,” said Matt McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “We combined the powerful features of Google TV™ with an intuitive and easy to use interface, giving users the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment.”

The added benefit of Google TV’s powerful search feature lets viewers easily browse websites, hunt for streaming movies or locate their favorite TV shows; and with picture-in-picture technology, it can all be done while simultaneously watching live TV action.

In addition to favorite apps such as Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, YouTube® and iHeartRadio, the VIZIO Co-Star is the first stream player to offer video games on demand through the OnLive® Game Service. OnLive allows users to demo, watch and play hundreds of top-tier video games directly from ‘the cloud’ via their VIZIO Co-Star, eliminating the need for users to own an independent game console. With easy access to thousands of apps through Google Play, Co-Star offers the most comprehensive stream player available today.

Complementing the overall experience, the VIZIO Co-Star includes a universal Bluetooth® remote with an innovative touchpad that lets you touch, tap, scroll and drag. A full QWERTY keyboard helps users search for their favorite entertainment. Plus, its universal feature makes it easy to control home entertainment devices with one remote.

The VIZIO Co-Star incorporates a number of power user features intended to satisfy the variety of user demands, starting with support for 1080p Full HD and 3D entertainment. Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi provides easy wireless Internet access without unsightly wires. Integrated USB port connects to hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals. The VIZIO Co-Star even enables viewers to enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen.

The VIZIO Co-Star exceeds expectations by combining a definitive user experience with a powerful smart TV platform, resulting in an all-in-one solution that brings the ultimate smart TV experience to any HDTV.

The VIZIO CO-Star will be available for pre-orders in July 2012 only on VIZIO.com for $99.99, with an introductory free shipping offer, while supplies last.

*IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q2 2012 Market Tracker Report of Q1 2012.
**High-speed/broadband Internet service and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. Additional fees and/or subscriptions may be required for certain content and services. VIZIO makes no warranties, representations, or assurances of any kind as to the content, availability, or functionality of third party content or services.

[Via: Phandroid]

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Vizio Co-Star opened up and exposed, reveals dual-core processor

Vizio Co-Star opened up and exposed, reveals dual-core processor


The Vizio Co-Star has stated reaching doorsteps of those that pre-ordered the affordable Google TV box. Normal users would head straight to the TV and test it out, but the guys from iFixIt have other priorities in mind – cracking it open and revealing all the goodies.

It is interesting to see all the components, but it is even more exciting when these guys reveal all the specs. Especially when manufacturers decide to stay quiet about them.

Surprisingly enough, the $100 Google TV box actually has some rather stunning specs. After taking a look at all the pieces, it has been discovered the Co-Star packs a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. Not too shabby… in fact, it is a rather powerful device compared to its competition.

The Vizio Co-Star is sure to be snappy, while staying true to a full-featured Google TV experience for under a Benjamin. Enjoy, you have made a good decision! Who is signing up for one of these?

[Via: Phandroid]

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VIZIO Co-Star flying off the shelves again – get yours while you can!

VIZIO Co-Star flying off the shelves again – get yours while you can!


VIZIO has proven the industry wrong by showing the Google TV platform continues to have a high demand. The affordable (yet very capable) Co-Star Google TV box has been struggling to stay in stock, with customers coming left and right to pre-order the device. The box became available for pre-order again yesterday, after a month of absence. Needless to say that didn’t last very long – the Co-Star was sold-out in hours.

Thankfully, the VIZIO Co-Star is available for pre-order once again, but we can’t guarantee that will lost very long. Judging on VIZIO’s recent success, it is safe to say this will be out-of-stock again soon and your best bet is to act fast. So you should go ahead and pre-order it from VIZIO’s website now if you want to get your hands on this Google TV set-top box.

There is going to be a bit of a delay for those getting the device now, though. Yesterdays customers are expecting the Co-Star to ship by September 17, but the site now states that new users will get it shipped to their homes by October 1st. Sure, that is a long wait, but we say it is better to get it now. At this rate, it will be a long time before VIZIO is able to keep enough units to send to your local stores.

Come on, a great-specced Google TV box for $100? You can’t say no to that!

[Via: Phandroid]

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US Justice Department looking into evil cable company tactics

US Justice Department looking into Intel vs. TWC content wars

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The war between cable television companies and upcoming IPTV providers continues to rage. It is said Time Warner Cable has been offering incentives and threatening content providers to keep them off the internet. Meanwhile, Intel is said to be offering up to 75% more than cable companies to bring TV live streaming to life. We knew it was only a matter of time before the government got involved.

The accusations against Time Warner Cable and other cable companies are rather serious. If the rumors are true, TWC is not exactly paying for exclusivity like many others do. Time Warner Cable is accused of selectively telling content providers who they can and can’t do business with. Wouldn’t this be considered anti-competitive tactics?

dojAccording to the NY Times, this may be the case and the US Justice Department is looking into it. It is simply unfair for major cable companies to target internet TV streaming as a whole, instead of competing with everyone equally.

We can see why cable companies wouldn’t like Intel’s upcoming internet TV services. Users could leave them for competitors, using their very own internet services to access other cable TV options. In essence, they would be trying to keep old technology alive in order to keep their business running.

As Google TV users, we understand the importance of online live TV. Especially all our chord-cutting friends out there. Could it be that these powerful companies are stopping innovation in order to keep their bank accounts healthy? That is not how technology works. Instead of blocking others, innovate along with them and offer a service we will prefer.

[NY Times]

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Edgar Cervantes is a Contributing Editor for GTVsource.com and has posted 170 articles. .

Tune in for tomorrow’s Google TV Hangout: focused on Voice Search (UPDATE: Video)

Tune in for tomorrow’s Google TV Hangout: focused on Voice Search (UPDATE: Video)

Voice Search is probably the biggest feature the Google TV team has announced in a while, but many of us still have questions about it. The search giant seems to be keeping its word and will be holding Hangouts more often, with a new one coming tomorrow, Nov. 29th. If you want to learn more about Voice Search, you can tune in for tomorrow’s Google TV Hangout on Air at 3:30 PST.

The most important concern is probably in regards to Voice Search availability. At first, only devices with an integrated microphone will be able to use it, but why limit it to that? We have a Google TV Remote app that could theoretically use our smartphone microphone to do Voice Search. Maybe we could even use a USB/bluetooth microphone.

So far, it seems those possibilities are out of the equation… or at least Google is not commenting on anything. We hope we can hear more information about Voice Search compatibility in this Hangout, since the main topic will be said feature. Stay tuned to Google TV’s Google+ page on November 29th at 3:30 PM PST if you want to stay in the loop.

If you can’t make it, we will be embedding the video in this article, so you can always come back and check it out later. And don’t forget to check out the last Google TV Hangout, which covered Primetime, Voice Search and the new YouTube features for Google TV.

[Google TV]

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TCL announces MoVo UD Google TV with 4K definition

TCL announces MoVo UD Google TV with 4K definition

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TCL has announced its newest HDTV that is first of its kind. The TCL MoVo UD set will be the very first to offer 4K by 2K definition along with Google TV integration. It also is the first Google TV device set to receive Android 4.2.2, which was announced yesterday at Google IO.

The unit is very similar to LG’s Google TVs. In fact, the software looks and feels a bit like LG’s too. But TCL has created its UI and given the Google TV device its own customizations. Of course, you will also get all of the latest features from Google TV, though. This includes the Quick Guide, Voice Search, the new Chrome and more.

We saw TCL’s Google TV offering at CES, but the strategy was quite different. They had a separate set-top box running Google TV on a 4K screen. Putting Google TV in the 4K by 2K TV definitely sets it apart from the competition, though. We already have a good selection of set-top Google TVs. But 4K definition? That’s a whole other deal.

There is no mention on price, but the unit is said to be available “later this year”. We have the feeling it won’t be cheap, though. 4K TVs cost a pretty penny, even if they come from companies like TCL, which is not best known for quality. But what do you guys think – what price would entice you to purchase this TV?

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Edgar Cervantes is a Contributing Editor for GTVsource.com and has posted 172 articles. .

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    At last UD on Jelly Bean 4.2.2, soon 4.3, already were close on tablet with Samsungs Nexus 10 (2.6k,) Sammy’s 3.2k 13″ screen, screen resolution doubles every 18 months, for the same price. UD mobile chips are in mass manufacturing now, LPDDR3 RAM is pouring into mobile devices, my Nexus 7 has 32GB flash, 64GB USB sticks cost $40, 32 GB micro SD cards cost $20, my 120GB SSD cost $100. PS 4, a mere games machine, has 8GB GDDR5 RAM (5GHz equivalent,) 8 cores and AMD 8 series graphics, allowing it to get through 2 trillion floating point calculations per second. A trill for a triple 8, there’s another triple 8, in the 8 core CPU, when compared to the original Pentium MMX, 8 times the transistors per core, at 8 times the speed, 8 cores, that’s 8*8*8=512. Nexus 7/2 possibly coming in July ought to have 1080p at $200, also possibly UD graphics capabilities in the background eg. Tegra 4, Snapdragon 800, likely a 64GB flash offering. I already have a 25″ 3D monitor, that cost me $270, 6 months ago, with a 3D Blue Ray player for $100, my 8 core PC, has 32GB 1.6 GHz DDR3 RAM and a $92 2TB HDD, a $50 Google TV JB 4.1.2, HDMI dongle is on its way from China. The backgrounds are building all over the place, my household electrical wiring can transmit 300 MB/s, within 18 months I’m likely to get fiber optic cable to my house, and other people will be getting fiber to the node, such as hybrid fiber coax. WiFi ac can transmit 1GB/s, good thing we have power point networks, as it’s so high frequency it can only transmit to one room. By 2018 we will see something like 4 billion 6″ 3D UD devices, given that there are already a billion smartphones and we’re likely to see another billion sold this year alone, in a little more than a month Samsungs Galaxy S4 has sold 10 million. Just a few technobable figures to amuse.

Stunning Deals: Get your LG Google TV from Amazon with a 0-0 discount!

Stunning Deals: Get your LG Google TV from Amazon with a $700-$800 discount!


LG’s entrance to the Google TV market was a very anticipated one, but all excitement faded out after those hefty price tags were announced. LG’s offerings included a 47-inch TV for $1700 and a 55-inch one for $2300. Not the greatest deal of the year, but the high-end 3D TV also offered an LED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. We are sure “Life’s not so Good” when it comes to those HDTV sales, but it might all be turning around with this deal.

The LG G2 series have received a very generous discount, saving you $700-$800 if you purchase your TV from Amazon. This brings the prices down to $999.99 for the 47-inch version and $1499 for the 55-inch flat screen. A rather sweet deal, if you ask us!

Buy the 47-inch LG G2 Google TV
Buy the 55-inch LG G2 Google TV

Those that have been on the edge about purchasing this TV should jump on this deal now – we honestly can’t see these TVs getting cheaper any time soon. The VIZIO Co-Star and Sony Google TV box may be great offerings, but there is nothing like having Google TV built straight into a TV. The experience is much more seamless and you don’t need to turn on secondary devices, use multiple remotes or clutter your TV station with more devices.

Not to mention that this TV is one hell of a device. A 3D TV (you also get 6 pairs of 3D glasses) with 120 Hz refresh rate, a 1080p LED display and 6000000:1 contrast ratio? Not shabby at all. Oh, and this one is OnLive compatible, so you will not be bored; whether you play by yourself or hook up 4 controllers to play with your friends.

Go get them!

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Edgar Cervantes is a Contributing Editor for GTVsource.com and has posted 170 articles. .

Still No Android 3.1 on Logitech Revue, DISH Network Advertises it Anyway

Still No Android 3.1 on Logitech Revue, DISH Network Advertises it Anyway

Sony’s line of Google TV products have already received their update to Android 3.1, but the Logitech Revue, which was supposed to receive the new software only a “few weeks later” is still without. Adding insult to industry, DISH Network is now advertising the $99 Revue as shipping with Android 3.1 and access to the Android Market. This simply is not the case.

Logitech has yet to push the update to their line of Google TV boxes, but has issued an update as of today. They are still promising Google TV 2.0 on the Revue by the end of the year, but have been advertising the update on device packaging for some time now. The whole ordeal underscores a nagging problem of fragmentation among various versions of the Android OS, something Google hopes to address with their latest Ice Cream Sandwich release. For now, those receiving the Revue as a gift this holiday season might be disappointed to find the software different than what is being advertised by Logitech and its partners.

[via Logitech, DISH]