Google Announces YouTube for Television

Jan 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Internet TV, Video

Google has announced YouTube For Televison – its initiative to bring Internet TV to your living room – is now available on Sony PS3 & Nintendo Wii game consoles:

Currently in beta, the TV Website offers a dynamic, lean-back, 10-foot television viewing experience through a streamlined interface that enables you to discover, watch and share YouTube videos on any TV screen with just a few quick clicks of your remote control. With enlarged text and simplified navigation, it makes watching YouTube on your TV as easy and intuitive as possible. Optional auto-play capability enables users to view related videos sequentially, emulating a traditional television experience. The TV Website is available internationally across 22 geographies and in over 12 languages. 

As previously blogged, YouTube has partnered directly with major TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring YouTube into the living room. Still, very few such devices today contain a Web browser or provide access to YouTube. Our hope is that this site may help to accelerate an industry evolution towards open television access to Web video. Over time, we plan to add support for additional TV devices that provide Web browsers. 

Google’s multi-platform Internet TV thrust, along with Apple’s announcements about Steve Job’s health troubles, mean that 2009 will probably see the state of the art for Internet television devices move on from Apple TV to something else. 

The field is wide open, though. Any guesses on how this will shake out?

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