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Google TV TV JUST GOT SMARTER
More entertainment for your HDTV, with more arriving all the time.
Instant access to your favorite entertainment, whether it's on live TV or the web. With the Google Chrome browser and Android apps, your choice of infinite. If that seems daunting, Google search will help you find your favorites or help you discover new titles, wherever they are.
What is Google TV?
Just as cell phones have changed from simple communication devices into today's amazingly versatile smart phones, Google TV has the power to transform today's basic television experience into truly smart TV.
- Seamlessly combines your TV channels, compatible DVR recordings*, apps and the Internet into one searchable experience, right on your HDTV screen.
- Allows you to browse, search and type in content online using your HDTV, just like you do with your computer.
- Gives your HDTV access to the enormous wealth of video, music and other content available online.
- Lets you run preinstalled apps like Netflix (subscription required) and Pandora. Plus, enter the Android Market for a growing number of apps optimized for HDTVs.
- Allows you to customize your experience: Add icons of favorite channels, shows, Web sites and more for easy access to the content you use the most.
While Internet Connectable products limit the amount of online content you can view, Google TV's Chrome Web browser gives you access to most of the Web sites and online media you currently enjoy on your computer. From popular movie services to fantasy football sites, there's almost no limit on where you can go with your HDTV.
Find what's on
Type in the name of a favorite program, hit Search, and quickly see the time and channel the program is on, any compatible DVR recordings*, plus any video content that's available on your apps or the Internet. Search for an actor's name, sports team or whatever pops into your head.
Get the full power of the Internet right on your HDTV, even while you're watching a show. Keep your eye on the football game and look up your quarterback's stats at the same time, using Picture-in-picture functionality. Check e-mail and post Facebook or Twitter updates while watching the news. With Google TV, the days of switching back and forth between your TV and the computer can be a thing of the past.
More all the time
Because Google TV will be an open platform for developers, it will be evolving all the time, adding new apps and capabilities, and always providing access to the full innovation of the Web. In fact, one of the most exciting things about Google TV might be what hasn't even been dreamed up and developed for it yet!
*Note: DVR search capability is currently only available with DISH Network, but it should be available with other cable and satellite providers in the future.
Which products have Google TV?
Sony has introduced a line of HDTVs and Blu-ray players powered by Google TV. These devices will also include a keypad controller designed to work with Google TV. Learn more and shop now ›
How do I get Google TV to work on my HDTV?
You'll need a high-speed Internet connection. To really experience the benefits of Google TV, you'll want a minimum speed of 5Mbps–10Mbps (or higher for optimal performance). In addition, we strongly recommend a wireless-N router.
Use this Geek Squad® tool to test your current speed.
Google TV can make its own network connection with your router, so your HDTV or Blu-ray player will not need to be Internet Connectable.
If you are using a stand-alone Google TV box, you'll need to connect it to your cable or satellite box, and also connect it to your HDTV using HDMI cable.
Will Google TV be updated? If so, how will I get the updates?
Part of the beauty of Google TV is that it gets better over time. New content is constantly made available on the Web, new apps are launched and existing apps are updated. There will also be occasional firmware updates for the entire device.
When you set up Google TV for the first time, you should automatically receive an update. In the future, as updates become available, you'll be asked at startup whether you'd like to accept the download. Each product will be different, but within your Google TV menu options, there should also be a manual ability to check for updates.
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