GlideTV, which introduced handheld wireless touchpad – the Navigator, says it has released the beta version of its What’s On visual guide to online entertainment and a big screen web browser specially made for the living room.
The free online service and downloadable software allows users to see what shows and entertainment are available across the entire web in a single glance and browse them by category and genre.
The new What’s On service and big screen browser are available for free download at GlideTV.com.
The software works better with the GlideTV Navigator, available separately for $69.99 at Amazon.com or from the GlideTV website.
The products are designed for people who want to connect their PC or Mac to their HDTV so they can enjoy all the free content available online, in their living room.
“Some companies want you to buy a specific box or sign up for an ongoing subscription service to access the web entertainment you want,” said Scott Vouri, CEO at GlideTV. “Who needs another limited device, when you can connect your PC or Mac to your HDTV, in some cases even wirelessly, and enjoy everything the web has to offer.”
GlideTV’s new What’s On web service is a visual guide to online entertainment. Users can browse a video wall of TV shows, movies, news and sports that are available across the entire web.
This video wall, organized by category and genre, is much more natural for living room use than going from web site to web site scrolling through lists of available videos, says the company.
And optimized for the television viewing experience, GlideTV’s browser removes all user elements from the screen to maximize the video viewing area, but quickly snaps into place when needed.
Users can watch a show and search for news about their favorite celebrity at the same time, or hop from YouTube to Hulu to Facebook, all while streaming Pandora in the background.
A 3D tabs view lets users see all their open sites at once and quickly switch between them. The browser is designed in an intuitive, TV-friendly format, incorporating large simplified controls, a zoom function, and one-click access to the best online video sites.
An on screen keyboard is also provided for searching specific shows and for entering logons, text and passwords. It features context sensitive search and auto-complete features that dramatically reduce the amount of typing needed, says the company.
Founded in February of 2008 by digital home product veterans from Sony and SageTV, the GlideTV company develops products to enhance the internet video experience in the living room.
With the release of the GlideTV Navigator and its big screen software, the company aims to reshape the way consumers see Internet TV. GlideTV is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.