Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Redbox Instant by Verizon now available on Google TV

Enjoy the latest releases and popular movies with the newly launched Redbox Instant by Verizon app for Google TV.

Guest to the Google TV blog, Brad Bowers, Sr. Product Manager TV Applications for Redbox Instant by Verizon shares how you can enjoy movies in your living room using the Redbox Instant by Verizon app.

It’s Friday night and you want to watch a movie. Great! If you have Google TV, now you can enjoy a flick in your living room using the Redbox Instant by Verizon app available through a supported Google TV device.

The app delivers the full Redbox Instant by Verizon experience right to your living room. This includes access to your subscription disc and streaming package, and ability to purchase and rent the latest new releases from the Redbox Instant store.

Sign up for the service right through the app or on the web. Instantly stream a movie available in the subscription plan or browse and purchase or rent the latest new releases. You can also log in and reserve a disc using the DVD credits you get with your subscription to pick up at your local kiosk. The app is optimized for easy navigation and playback on your TV. Visit Google Play through Google TV and download the app to start enjoying movies.

Hope you enjoy using the app as much as we do!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bringing more entertainment to your TV, Las Vegas style

Last November, we updated Google TV to make it faster and easier to access your favorite entertainment and Google services on your TV. At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, you’ll see more Google TV partners, updates from existing partners, and more content coming to the platform.

Asus, Hisense, TCL and others will show products with Google TV launching in the coming weeks. Existing partners like LG, Vizio, Sony, and others will show off the newest Google TV platform that makes finding what you want faster and easier. Combined, these set-top boxes, integrated TVs, and IPTV boxes with Google TV are available from 9 partners across 10 countries around the world.

You’ll also see recently launched apps on Google TV like Amazon, France24, Dramafever and more. These add to the hundreds of TV-optimized apps and thousands of supported mobile apps available on Google TV.

We hope to see you again at CES, and we look forward to an exciting 2013.

Posted by Suveer Kothari and Mickey Kim, Google TV Partnerships

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Amazon Instant Video brings a new app to LG TVs with Google TV

Guest to the Google TV blog, Elisa Humphrey, Director, Amazon Instant Video shares how you can enjoy more movies and tv shows with Amazon Instant Video now available on Google Play.

Today Amazon Instant Video launched its Google TV application on 2012 LG models with Google TV. While all Google TV devices can access Amazon Instant Video through Chrome, this new application on LG models with Google TV gives you a richer Amazon Instant Video experience, with HD playback, Closed Captioning, Your Video Library, Your Watchlist, and Recommendations.

2012 LG models with Google TV (LG 47G2 and LG 55G2) are the first supported by this new application which includes all the Amazon Instant Video features in a redesigned experience. More Google TV devices will be supported soon. 

If you own an LG TV with Google TV, you can install the Amazon Instant Video app from Google Play to access the Amazon Instant Video library of more than 140,000 movies and TV episodes. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can access more than 30,000 movies and TV episodes to stream at no additional cost. If you are already using the current Amazon Instant Video application, make sure you go to Google Play on your TV to download the update.

We are excited to bring this new Amazon Instant Video experience to LG TV with Google TV customers. Amazon Instant Video is now available on over 500 Televisions, Blu-ray players, game consoles, tablets including iPad and Kindle Fire, and set-top boxes.

Download Amazon Instant Video from Google Play.

Posted by Elisa Humphrey, Director, Amazon Instant Video

Friday, November 30, 2012

Enjoy the latest European films, TV shows, and music with Eurochannel on Google TV

Guest to the Google TV blog, Joseph de Monvallier, Director, Marketing & Advertising for Eurochannel shares his insights on European entertainment available on Eurochannel
Are you a fan of European films, documentaries, music and more? Then check out Eurochannel for Google TV. With over 11 million viewers, Eurochannel offers an extensive collection of content with more than 150 programs available covering the latest entertainment and cultural trends straight from the source including A-list European stars, multiple award-winning actors, directors, and music artists like Italian Isabella Ferrari and sensational British boy band, One Direction.

Exclusive European programming at your disposal
At Eurochannel, we try to preserve content in its original language but we also include subtitles in English for foreign and non-native speakers to enjoy. If you’re new to European films, we’ve got you covered with a list of suggestions for how to get started. We have genres that range from psychological suspense movies from Northern Europe like Deadly Cell to Polish comedies The Wedding and French dramas like Noble Art to tantalize your senses and keep you at the edge of your seat.

Staff picks to get you started
When it comes to TV shows, Eurochannel has a selection of handpicked series available, including social and family dramas like Welsh Home/Work or the Estonian The Class.  
But if you are into something more action-packed like Homeland or Dexter, then check out Icelandic The Cliff, the Dutch Medea, or the Danish Lulu & Leon to get your heart palpitating.

Enjoy European Content 24/7
If that wasn’t enough, Eurochannel also offers a live 24/7 TV stream of its channel so you can tune into the latest monthly series and movie premieres.
For a limited time after you download Eurochannel, you’ll be entered into Eurochannel’s sweepstakes to win a brand new Nexus 7 tablet and receive an exclusive collection of digitally mastered pictures from Europe: the Eurochannel Deluxe Pictures Platinum Edition which will be sent to the email address associated with your Eurochannel account.
So enjoy the best European programming available with Eurochannel for your Google TV, and download Eurochannel from Google Play.
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Posted by Joseph de Monvallier, Director, Marketing & Advertising for Eurochannel

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This Thanksgiving, entertain your family with Google TV

To help avoid the last minute panic of what to prepare for the relatives and family friends this Thanksgiving, put Google TV to work for you.

Bring on the turkey with all the fixin’s
To help you sift through the millions of recipe suggestions, access The New York Times YouTube playlist to get tips on How To Carve a Turkey amongst other delicious treats.

Turn to the experts in the kitchen
Want Iron Chef Bobby Flay or Michael Symon on your side? Then visit the The Food Network using the Chrome browser to access the latest clips on some of the most simple and delectable dishes that will surely impress your family. Try Prosciutto-Wrapped Crudites or Brie En Croute - the names themselves make your mouth water.

If you’re not sure what to do with all the leftovers in the fridge, check out Emeril Lagasse’s Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas for some unique concoctions only the pros would think of.

With the new YouTube app update, you can play videos you find on your Android smartphone or tablet on your Google TV. Put together your own Thanksgiving 2012 playlist featuring recipes like Pear-Cranberry Pie and Roasted Sweet Potatoes (our favorite).

Kickstart your shopping a bit early
As you recover from the food coma, why not let your Google TV help you get a jump start on holiday shopping with the whole family? Using Chrome, look for all the latest deals online by searching for “Black Friday 2012” to see a list of stores and shops that you can buy from without having to rush to the store like everyone else.  

If you’re more visual, tune into ABC’s Thanksgiving Shopping Deals Before Black Friday to get an idea of what’s hot and worth waiting in line for —including how to plan your route in stores if you plan on braving the crowds.

So sit back, relax and put Google TV to work for you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Posted by Gavin Leung, Product Marketing Manager, Google TV

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Google TV: Now faster and easier

Last year, your Google TV received an update which added Google Play and simplified the entertainment discovery experience. Our next update makes finding whatever you want on Google TV even faster and easier. The update starts to roll out this week to LG devices and to other devices thereafter.

Voice Search: Simply speak to watch anything

Instantly access the power of Google TV, simply by using your voice. Just speak to watch TV shows and movies, start playing a YouTube video, open applications, go to websites, do a Google search, and much more. Say “CNN” to go right to the channel, or say “Homeland” to see all the live and streaming options to watch the show. You can even say “how to tie a bow tie” to watch an instructional YouTube video. Try “search movies with Jeff Bridges” and see results in our new, more visual search results page.

PrimeTime: A guide that works for you

Last year your Google TV added the TV & Movies app to help you browse 100,000+ movies and TV episodes available to watch. Now called PrimeTime, the app makes it even easier to find your favorite content. Easily access PrimeTime anywhere in Google TV and browse for something new while you watch. You can quickly flip through the best stuff on live TV, access your favorite channels, see TV shows you recently watched, and find other suggestions based on what you enjoy watching. Here’s how both of these features work:

YouTube: Making it easier to watch on Google TV

The world watches 4 billion hours of YouTube per month, but it’s not yet as easy to watch YouTube on your TV as it is on your computers, phones, and tablets. YouTube and Google TV are changing that. With the updated YouTube app for Android and Google TV, your devices automatically pair so you can play any YouTube video from your Android phone or tablet on your TV with just one button. What’s playing on your mobile device looks even better on your Google TV.

Look for all these updates first on LG devices with Google TV over the coming weeks, and to other second generation hardware with Google TV in the coming months. First generation devices will see the updates to PrimeTime and YouTube. For more information, check out our updated Google TV overview.

Posted by Greg Funk and Eric Liu, Product Managers

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Making it easier to watch YouTube videos on TV

What if you could send YouTube videos from your phone to your TV with a click of a button? It’s an idea we’ve been working on since 2010, and today we’re taking the next step.

We’re making it even easier to play videos from your phone or tablet on your TV, with a YouTube app update for Android and Google TV that automatically pairs your devices on the same WiFi. Just find a video on your YouTube app for Android — like the latest video from GoPro or H+ The Digital Series  — click the TV icon that appears, and the video will play instantly on your Google TV. 

Like a remote control, you can pause, scroll or skip to the next video with your mobile device as it plays on your TV. Since your devices are connected in the cloud, you can also do things like find the next video to watch from your tablet or browse around the web on your phone, all while the video plays on TV. You can even connect multiple devices to the TV to have your friends add to the playlist.

Stay tuned to see this feature coming to more devices and screens in the future. The next evolution of TV is in your hands.

Timbo Drayson, Product Manager, recently watched all of H+ The Digital Series on his TV.