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GoogleTV engineer: No cable-TV partner, no problem

Posted: 31 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GoogleTV  3D  Web TV  processor 

When will you publish that protocol?
I can't say.

How much memory does GoogleTV require?
1GB unified RAM for everything including video and application data and 4GB persistent memory, typically flash, for system and data storage.

That's a lot of extra memory for a TV isn't it?
If you do the math on decoding an HD video signal, it actually takes a lot of memory—100- to 200MB. If you start looking at connected devices in the market that support streaming over the Web they basically have quite a bit of additional ram for buffering.

Are TV makers overloaded with trying to absorb both stereo 3D and Web into their sets?
I think the market is clearly ready. The pain point for the manufacturers with connected products is every time they want to add a service to their TV—whether it's Amazon, Blockbuster or Netflix—each one is a one-off integration, so for them it doesn't scale.

Consumers wind up needing to decide if they want a TV with Netflix or Blockbuster. By contrast, GoogleTV is a standard platform that anyone can publish to.

How is it different from Yahoo Connected TV?
Yahoo's offering is a walled garden. Service providers have to create the Yahoo widgets specifically designed for that platform. That means they will have a limited number of services. We are comparing tens of services with billions of pages on the Web. It's like WAP versus a browser on a smart phone.

Describe the kinds of input devices for GoogleTV.
Every GoogleTV input device will have a keyboard and a pointing device. When our CE partners go public with those devices you will really like them.

All Google TV receivers also include USB so there will be an aftermarket for third-party devices of all shapes and prices.

There is an IP protocol we will also publish that will let anyone build input devices that connect to GoogleTV over IP. There will be Android apps to control a GoogleTV box. The smart phone feature I find particularly useful is one that uses voice control from the handset to the TV.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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