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October 5, 2010

Google TV announces content deals prior to launch

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by Janet Harris

With the first Google TV devices expected to be available in stores next week, news around the service is heating up.

Content will be available from Turner Broadcasting, including CNN news and the Cartoon Network and comedy programming will be available from Time Warner’s HBO.

There will also be thousands of movies and shows available from services such as Amazon Video On Demand and Netflix.

At the moment it looks as if the inclusion of live TV is going to give Google the edge over Apple TV, which is focusing on its iTunes store and services such as Netflix and YouTube.

The remote for Google TV will have a keyboard and touchpad and the service promises to truly integrate broadcast TV with the Internet.

Users will be able to use Google search to find their favourite shows from anywhere on the web.

When they click on the link of their choice they will then be directed to the appropriate site.

Of course, if the site hasn’t been optimised for Google TV, it’s not going to look brilliant, but that should improve over time, with full SDKs available next year.

There should be plenty of apps available too - Twitter has just announced a Google TV app which will allow users to tweet directly from their TV sets.

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