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Google TV tipped for European launch in September

Google TV tipped for European launch in September

If you’re desperately in love with the idea of Google TV, but haven’t been able to get in on the action due to being confined to Europe, then there’s good news. According to a new report, Google plans to bring Google TV based products to Europe starting from September. Sony is planning to bring two products, although there’s no word on if other Google TV partners will be supplying their own wares.

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Google TV gets international apps (but still no international sales)

Google TV gets international apps (but still no international sales)

Google has highlighted a fresh batch of Google TV apps for international content, despite the fact that so far the smart TV platform itself is still limited to the US market only. Al Jazeera, Euronews, IslamBox and PPTV all get a name-check on Google's official TV blog, offering a mixture of live shows, breaking news and video-on-demand. However, Google is yet to confirm when, exactly, we can expect international availability to go with the international content.

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Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google's ambitious project to enter the competitive pay TV market has just passed the first of its many hurdles it must overcome. The search giant was granted approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to build a new network and infrastructure in Kansas City. The company plans to offer service in both Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

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Under 1 million Google TV devices in use tips Google data

Under 1 million Google TV devices in use tips Google data

We all know that Google TV didn't do well in the marketplace. Some of that failure wasn't necessarily Google's fault. The content most people hope to watch using the devices was blocked such as Hulu and the ability to stream content from network TV websites. That said some of the fault was certainly the fault of the hardware devices that were out there such as the Logitech Revue and the software. Google's own data has tipped that there is a very small number of Google TV devices actually in use.

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Google may be entering pay TV market

Google may be entering pay TV market

So the next time you move into a new home or apartment, one of the questions you may be asking yourself is whether you want to go with cable, satellite....or Google. Yes, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, the search giant is looking to move into the incredibly rigid territory of paid TV service. The company has filed for TV franchise licenses in Missouri and Kansas.

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Google TV adding Siri-like voice controls

Google TV adding Siri-like voice controls

Google may be taking a page from Apple's Siri voice-controlled assistant feature for its future Google TVs. A patent application newly unearthed by Patently Apple reveals that Google is developing a Siri-like interface for Google TV that will introduce a variety of capabilities involving voice commands remotely sent to Google TVs via Android devices.

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Google TV YouTube app refreshed for better smart TV

Google TV YouTube app refreshed for better smart TV

Google continues to refine its Google TV smart home entertainment platform, with a new YouTube app  released that promises easier content discovery, better topic hubs and streamlined control for users streaming to their TV. The app - available in the Android Market on Google TV 2.0 boxes - introduces a new Discover feature that filters YouTube channels by categories, including cooking, comedy, science and gaming.

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Apple TV is an Embarrassment

Apple TV is an Embarrassment

"Doing quite well" isn't a phrase you associate with Apple, and yet that's just how CEO Tim Cook described the Apple TV this week. The little-loved stepchild of the company's hardware range, at $99 - with no need for a carrier agreement or subsidy - it had the smart TV price point right while Google TV was floundering at more than twice that amount. Yet Apple has consistently failed to capitalize on its foot-in-the-door of the living room, and it's looking increasingly like it may miss the opportunity again.

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