Can Google Succeed Where Apple Has Failed?Oct 4th, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players
Google today offered an update on Google TV – its new Internet television platform. And while Apple has been content to keep Apple TV as a “hobby”, Google is intent on making its Internet TV receiver a business.
Today they announced multiple content partners for Google TV:
- Turner Broadcasting has been optimizing some of their most popular websites for viewing on Google TV, including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
- NBC Universal has collaborated with Google TV to bring CNBC Real-Time, an application that allows you to track stocks and access news feeds while watching financial news.
- HBO will bring access to hundreds of hours of programming to Google TV with HBO GO.
- NBA has built NBA Game Time, an application that lets you follow game scores in real-time and catch up on the latest highlights from your favorite team in HD
- Amazon Video On Demand offers access to over 75,000 titles for rental or purchase
- Netflix will offer the ability to instantly watch movies and TV shows.
While Apple’s recently announced Apple TV update will make the platform cheap to try and easy to use, Google TV is leapfrogging it and looks like it will be the first company to establish an Internet TV platform that’s open to developers.
While its too early to tell if Google will turn Internet TV into more than a “hobby”, by focusing on creating a developer-friendly platform, it’s moving in the right direction.
What do you think? Are you going to get a Google TV?