Google Makes Web a New Channel for Your TV

Watch out! Google is coming straight from the Web space to invade your living room. Its target: Your TV.

How will it happen? DISH Network says its Google TV solution is now available to customers for $179. By combining search capabilities and content on the Web with DISH Network’s onscreen programming data, DVR and Video on Demand content, it delivers an entertainment experience resulting in an advanced integration of Google TV.

As action is getting hot in the connected TV space, Sony has introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV.

It is claimed to be the world’s first television with the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet seamlessly on one device. (Read: Sony Internet TV Comes with Google TV)

But DISH and Sony are not the only players in the TV+Web hybrid game. A slew of companies are trying to gain a foothold in this emerging market.

Hillcrest Labs, for example, has unveiled the latest version of Kylo, the free Web browser for television, with many new features for consumers who view online content on their PCs or Macs connected to the TV.

Kylo lets users access sites across the Internet, with a browser that was specifically designed to be viewed from a distance in the living room, family room or dorm room. (Read: Kylo Comes as Free Web Browser for Television)

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Veebeam, a wireless company that offers to bring Internet video content to TV, has announced a 1080p HD media player named Veebeam.

It allows consumers to wirelessly stream anything from their laptop to their TV. Internet-delivered movies, sports websites, photos and more can also be shared on any HDTV. (Read: Veebeam Media Player to Show Web Movies on TV)

And 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. (Read: What’s On Guide Offers New Fun for Internet TV)

Netflix has gone a step further to deliver TV content to mobiles. It has introduced its free Netflix App, allowing Netflix members to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch. (Read: Watching TV Episodes, Movies on Your iPhone)

And DISH Network, a pay-TV provider in America, has also announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. It is claimed to be the first and only app from a TV service provider designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions remotely. (Read: When Apple iPad becomes a Remote Control)

“Customers can now surf the Web, check email, interact with social media, and find additional online television content all from the comfort of their living room sofa,” said DISH Network chief marketing officer Ira Bahr.

“Google TV makes the Web another channel on your TV by bringing the Internet together with the TV programming you know and love,” said Rishi Chandra, lead product manager for Google TV.

The Google TV solution, which requires a DVR integration service of $4 per month, includes the Logitech Revue with Google TV, a small set-top box available for $179 (MSRP $299) – an exclusive deal for DISH Network customers, said the company Wednesday.

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