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We’re been hearing word of Google TV since March, the excitement finally coming to a head at Google I/O last month when the ambitious project was revealed. Now, Google (Google) has a released a handy video that illustrates just how it works. The platform — which integrates TV and web content to create one, smooth experience — is said to be a possible foil to the Boxee Box. Boxee’s (Boxee) release date has been pushed back to November 2010 (Google TV will also be available in the fall). Looking at the video above, we have to admit that the experience looks pretty intriguing (even though whoever made the vid has rather poor taste in television shows). We’ve been privy to a lot of facts regarding Google TV, including its compatibility with Adobe Flash, its ability to search TV and the web simultaneously and to run Android (Android) apps, and its various form factors (external set-top box or integrated Sony TV). This video does a good job of simplifying the info. What do you think? Do you plan on getting Google TV? (via Google TV Explained in Less Than Three Minutes [VIDEO]


01:30 pm, by mymaitv

With Google TV Looming, Can the Boxee Box Prevail?

Boxee, the popular home theater PC program, has received another serious blow in its quest to become a living room mainstay, as the release of its much-anticipated Boxee Box has been pushed back to November of this year. In fact, the delay might prove fatal to Boxee’s set-top hardware. In a blog post, Co-founder and CEO Avner Ronen announced that the device is being pushed back from Q2 2010 (which ends this month) to November because the “time-frame proved overly ambitious.” From Ronen’s announcement: “Earlier this week we got confirmation that the Boxee Box by D-Link will ship this November in US and Canada. We realize many of you have waited months to purchase the Boxee Box, and we know how frustrating this is. Believe us when we say that both Boxee & D-Link want to start selling Boxee Boxes yesterday.” While delays are normal in the development of any piece of hardware, Boxee cannot afford this delay, as Google TV approaches its high-profile release with the velocity of a high speed train.

04:00 pm, by mymaitv1 note

Comcast COO: We’re Not Competing with Google TV

More people may be watching online video than ever, but Comcast doesn’t see initiatives like Google TV as a competitive threat, according to Steve Burke, the cable company’s COO. In an interview at the D8 conference today, the cable exec said that Comcast’s real competition comes from satellite TV providers and telco companies entering the pay TV market. After Comcast merges its cable networks with NBC Universal, Burke will be the guy running the combined entity. So his view of the competitive marketplace — particularly around the cable company’s competition with online video services — is important, especially in light of NBC’s stake in online video site Hulu. Hulu could launch its own subscription services soon, so some could see its on-demand programming as competitive with Comcast’s pay TV services. But Burke dismissed that notion.

03:30 pm, by mymaitv

Why Google TV As A Platform May Push Apple To Build Televisions

Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a lot of interesting things to say tonight at the D8 Conference. But to me, one of the most interesting topics he talked about was only brought up by a question from the audience: Apple TV. We all know that Apple considers the device a “hobby,” and tonight Jobs explained why. But he also may have tilted his hand a little bit when it comes to his thinking about this going forward. Jobs said that the Apple TV is still a hobby because there is a bad “go-to-market” strategy for such devices. In other words, this is basically what I wrote about a month ago: Apple TV will remain a hobby until Apple figures out a way to make money off of it. In the current ecosystem where subsidized cable boxes dominate, that will be very, very hard (just ask TiVo). And Jobs knows it.

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