October 5, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Logitech will unveil its Revue set-top box tomorrow, and Sony will announce a television integrated with Google TV next week. Google has launched a preview site in anticipation of these pending launches, giving consumers an early tour of what to expect in its new media search service.
Google first promised GoogleTV at its I/O conference in May, and we should have a decent understanding of the product tomorrow. Head over to Google.com/Tv right now and take the guided tour that shows what happens when the television meets the search engine. Here’s what has me most excited:
Chrome – Google TV includes a web browser built into the system. WebTV was a failure, so this could just as easily be looked over. However, I know there will be times when I’d like to see something on the web cover the whole screen.
Netflix & Amazon – Do I even need to explain this one? Why wouldn’t I love having access to my Netflix streaming libraries? I was going to appropriate an old PC as a media center in my living room, but there’s no need now. The presence of Amazon VOD makes it that much sweeter. Hulu Plus, where are you?
Remote - Your phone is a remote. Boom goes the dynamite.
Those are three things that have me most excited about Google TV. I’ll be getting a Logitech Revue and hopefully I won’t have to cast it aside if this proves to be as big a letdown as other products with the dreaded “Game-changer” tag.