Google TV will be launched with content from Amazon and Netflix, but not from the main television networks
Google's TV service, which will be introduced this month on Sony and Logitech devices, will include content from Amazon, Netflix and Twitter, as the Internet search giant aims to combine Internet content with television programming according to this news published by the Los Angeles Times.
These partnerships are the result of various conversations that Google had with the main television networks and cable and satellite TV distributors. It should be noted the absence of the main networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, in Google's announcement.
However, Google and Hulu confirmed that they are negotiating the incorporation of Hulu Plus to the platform. The $ 9.99 monthly subscription service would include current shows from ABC, NBC and Fox.
Among the partnerships: NBC Universal has teamed up with Google TV to create CNBC Real-Time, an application with which viewers can follow their favorite stocks and access news feeds in real time on the television screen; HBO will have an improved Web site subscriber schedule, and NBA has built NBA Game Time, an application so viewers can follow game results in real time and keep up with the latest headlines in high definition.
Google's television software, first announced in May, will be incorporated into new high-definition televisions and Blu-ray players from Sony and set-top boxes from Logitech. Google has agreed to make the software available to other manufacturers.
Google's bet is to use television as a new space for the sale of advertising. However, to bring television and the Internet together in a meaningful way, Google must enlist the cooperation of media companies. In addition to competing with Apple, TiVo, Boxee, Roku and other companies trying to get a share of the five hours a day that the average American spends watching television.
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