If it works as smooth as it looks in this preview video, Google TV could provide the kind of seamless web-on-TV experience many have been looking for. Dedicated apps, a Chrome browser, easy picture, music viewing and more are shown off.
Google TV was announced in May, but the only evidence of how it could work was provided in a simple stage demonstration and a cartoon-style video. It seemed like a really web-savvy DVR, perhaps, or maybe a set top box that had a little more Google juice.
Now Google's had some time to line up its US partners: Turner (TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network), CNBC, HBO and the NBA, along with the usual Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand support you'd expect. It's also got a real look at the Android-powered apps you'll be able to launch from Google TV, including a Gallery of pictures, streaming music services, and, of course, YouTube. What catches our eyes, though, is Google's claim that its "bringing Google Chrome and access to the entire internet" into Google TV. If Google can make launching websites on a TV screen from across the room easier than what the laptop-plugging crowd is used to, that would be something.
Google also launched a site, google.com/tv, showing off the features and apps on Google TV. One appealing aspect is the pitch of iOS and Android remote apps, which you can use to navigate, "fling" sites and videos to your TV, and search the web and content with your voice.
What do you think of Google TV's chances in the admittedly crowded marketplace of TV-enhancing packages? Would you consider buying a box or your next TV with Google TV?
Here comes Google TV [Official Google Blog]