Google Media Server Fails To Excite

Jun 27th, 2008 | By | Category: Internet TV, Video

Google Media Server, a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google services and your TV, was greeted with yawns upon its release yesterday.

The free software is designed to let you access media files, such as videos, music, Picasa Web albums & YouTube videos, via your TV. Sort of like a poor-man’s Apple TV, except you need a Windows PC running Google Desktop, you need to install a new application and and then configure a UPnP Device (like the PlayStation 3).

The reviews at Google’s site suggest that Google Media Center could have used a little more time in the oven:

  • “Maybe I am doing something wrong, but I keep having trouble accessing the admin page. Also, list of available desktop media to share is not a complete list of what is on my computer. Will play with it a bit more later, but so far seems a bit flakey :(“
  • “Doesn’t work with Xbox 360!”
  • “Failed to register service please check the manifest. Vista Home Premium”
  • “This gadget requires Google Desktop 1 or above. ” *Bzzt* wrong: it’s PC only.

Getting Internet media to your TV is still way too hard for most people, and Google Media Server doesn’t fix that.

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