Will Google TV 2.0 Be Any Good?

by Asbed P
Last year, Google announced Google TV which in theory was supposed to stream videos from the net, allow you to view photos, and listen to your music collection.  They have however been greatly outshone by Apple’s product, Apple TV, which is already expanding and can be found in many homes already.  Now that Google has got its act together and added some extra features to GTV, they have a chance to gain a customer base before its too late.  The biggest new feature GTV users will notice is the addition of Google Apps.  This means Netflix, Pandora, Skype and many other apps available on the Android platform will be available on Google TV.  They have also added Android Honeycomb so the TV will actually have the operating system Google designed for it’s tablets, meaning your TV will be more like a computer than it was before and who wouldn’t like that.  One final thing Google has added is the better search engine for shows and movies.  The new search will actually show you what time the next airing of the specific TV show or movie will be, but will also show the users what other services the program can be found on for instant viewing. read more...

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Bring Internet to Television World

by Tuyen H

Recently, Televisions have been enhanced many new features base on the Internet standard. Television manufactories adopt web standards such as W3C and CSS to their products, so customers can customize their TV program likes a computer. This technology calls LINE Profiles. The profile includes a subset of XHTML, CSS, and ECMA Script that support more data applications for TV.  While XHTML support the TV background, CSS use to format the layout of the TV’s screen. ECMA Script includes the browser pseudo object functions such as communication using TCP/IP. In this article, the authors also list five requirements to link the TV program and LINE document received from the server:
1. Support a common control command to enable and disable datacasting (e.g. a datacasting button in the remote controller).
2. The Linear TV channel being transmitted must include a hyperlink descriptor in the SI (Service Information) tables.
3. When the datacasting button is pressed, the user agent requests the LIME document to the hyperlink address defined in 2.
4. The user agent receives the LIME content (document) which includes the ID of the Linear TV channel from the LIME content.
5. The screen is rendered with both the TV program and the enhanced datacasting content.
In conclusion, web base with XHTML, CSS, and ECMA Script is a lightweight solution for bring the Internet to TV program. read more...

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