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Rumor: Google and Dish Network working on new set-top box with YouTube

March 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Rumor: Google and Dish Network working on new set-top box with YouTube

Google is developing a new media search service with Dish Network, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Google and Dish Network are supposedly working on an Android-based set top box and service that would search not only TV shows, but also YouTube videos.

The journal reports that there are set-tops “using elements of Google’s Android operating system” being tested in the homes of Google employees. This latest version of Google dogfooding makes sense because it allows Dish to deliver a better product to its consumers, and Google to possibly profit from having its ads on the created service. (Ed note: However, the weak search seen in the Android Market doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the service will be better than what Dish could find).

An increasing number of set-top boxes and media devices have included apps designed for use with YouTube on televisions rather than computer screens. MIPS showed us such a box at CES that was quite compelling. The ability to bring online content to home media centers is definitely something I look forward to.

[BusinessInsider]