Google (News - Alert) wants to become a media giant to be reckoned with. That much is clear to anyone that has been observing the way the company is aggregating and organizing its content as of late. The latest evidence of this is the news that Google TV, the company’s “smart television” platform co-developed by Intel (News - Alert), Sony and Logitech, will soon be getting content from Google Play, including movies, TV shows and music.
Google TV, which was launched in 2010, leverages many of Google’s existing products. Google’s Android (News - Alert) operating system provides the underlying foundation, allowing developers to create applications that extend the system’s functionality. The company’s Chrome browser provides a gateway to the Internet, allowing consumers to browse websites and watch television at the same time. Consumers can access content from HBO, CNBC and other providers via the Chrome browser. Android and Apple (News - Alert) smartphones may be used as remote controls for Google TV, though the system ships with wireless remote controls with a full QWERTY keypad.
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In its next step of development, Google TV will be rolling out the new Google Play content over the coming weeks, beginning this week.
Google TV users will be able to buy or rent content directly through Google Play on their televisions, while any existing purchases the viewer has already made through other platforms will be imported when he or she connects to a Google account. Titles will also be searchable through Google’s TV & Movies app, which makes recommendations for shows and movies available on live television, as well as other apps such as Netflix, Amazon, and now Google Play, said The Next Web.
Edited by Brooke Neuman