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    Google and Apple have gone to war in a number of markets, from phones to mobile ads to music. Yesterday, Google made an advance on yet another one of those fronts, previewing what kinds of content will be available on the yet-to-be-released Google TV platform. As Apple found out, content providers are freaked out by the idea of set-top boxes that get programming over the internet. Google is doing an end-run around those concerns, by working with them to customize their websites for use with Google TV. As Google makes its plans clearer, the differences between the Apple TV and Google's offering are coming into sharper relief.

    Google will - as they did with Android - not build their own hardware, in this case working with manufacturers like Sony and Logitech to build their software platform into their equipment. The company updated its Google TV site on Monday with a tour of the new platform's feature set. Right up front, they highlight the most significant difference between Google TV and Apple TV, with the slogan "TV, apps, search and the entire web… together at last." Rather than the Apple TV's closed "Lowtide" interface, Google TV will have apps right from the start like Twitter, Pandora, Napster and Amazon Video On Demand as well as custom offerings from CNBC and the NBA, and with access to the Android Market "starting early next year.

    Both companies have struggled to overcome resistance from the major movie and television studios due to their concerns that Apple TV and Google TV could cannibalize their cable and satellite TV revenues. In particular, Google's approach of making all Web video accessible on its box made the studios worried that their programming would get lost amid all the different content, or pirated and redistributed for free. Google refined its pitch to providers, and now claims they have been "overwhelmed by interest from partners on how they can use the Google TV platform to personalize, monetize and distribute their content in new ways." The Google TV blog highlights web content from Turner Broadcasting - including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim - as well as the apps from the NBA, NBC and HBO.

    As with the iPhone - which had no third-party apps when it was first released - it seems like the jailbreak community will save Apple's bacon yet again. The absence of apps on the Apple TV will be a major liability for the device once Sony's Internet Tv and Blu-ray Player as well as Logitech's Google TV box are released later this month.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google TV Shows Off Apps & Content started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. jlatnyc's Avatar
      jlatnyc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      You didn't know? Super secret agents have already infiltrated Sony, LG AND Google to get their hands on the hardware and software and did their own integration and had this bad boy hacked months ago!

      Oh wait... nvm... that would be stupid. Also asking if a product that doesn't even exist in the free market place is hackable is ridiculous. Thanks though.
      The question was "any idea if this is hackable?" A simple I don't know would suffice dude!

      Quote Originally Posted by Snozberries View Post
      so what you're saying is that i should just ditch the dream of being a super mod and change my sn to "ridiculous"??? I don't follow Google crap, therefore I asked if anyone would know. Do you know? NO, you don't. So you'll just relish in the glory of bashing what you think is a newbie... thx bro.
      Don't pay attention to him... His post made NO sense what so ever. Since ATV is based on iOS dev's employed SHAtter jailbreak although the actual box wasn't even out. Since most of us would like to see competition because its best. Most incl poseidon are so far up APPLE's *** thats not even funny. How about the fanboys saying google is copying Apple, its ridiculous. Listen, I own an iMac and wouldn't trade it for anything but I also own an Android device and my wife carries an iphone. And GTV is based on Android OS, the very nature of the OS allows more integration of apps within the system. But as others said, very unlikely that its not rooted.

      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      it's not about copying each other. it's about doing it better.

      and it looks like android will eventually do it better than iOS, as far as market share.

      open systems are always better than closed.. we should know this, we're a JAILBREAK community.
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      This is good. Rivalry breeds progress.
      Well said guys!!! Commend you on SMART & CONCISE comments. Unlike others uhmm Poseidon.

      @ Cer0 whats up with the guy? I remembered thanking him before but every once in a while I sit in front of the computer and sift through some posts all of his replies troll the topics.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      GoogleTV is going to have a rough start. The first GoogleTV product to hit the market in Oct is going to cost 300$.

      Technolog - Google TV box Logitech Revue will cost $300, plus accessories
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Wonder if you can just go to hulu.com because flash is supported so u don't have to wait an app to be released, would be sick!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Apple better get an AppStore going now
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      It may for a little bit but I am sure Hulu will block it eventually. The networks does not want them streaming to TV devices. Same thing happened with boxee on the Appletv worked for a while then Hulu blocked Boxee.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      It may for a little bit but I am sure Hulu will block it eventually. The networks does not want them streaming to TV devices. Same thing happened with boxee on the Appletv worked for a while then Hulu blocked Boxee.
      Hulu is getting too greedy, they want to benefit off everything and everywhere, isn't it enough that they have to sit us through commercial ads...
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea but I will take the 15 sec ads they have to the 3 min ones on TV. Also older seasons don't have ads at all.