Friday, May 21, 2010

Say Hello to Google TV... Say Goodbye to Apple TV, Boxee, and others


Yesterday, Google announced their latest product.... Google TV.  Google has mastered organizing the web through their search engine... now they are doing the same thing to video content found on the web, on your DVR, on broadcast TV, and on internet and satellite services.  They have partnered with companies like SONY, Linksys, Best Buy, and Direct TV to bring these services to your living room.

Cheaper TV take: It seems like has finished what Apple, Boxee, and others have started.  They will become the directory for TV content on the web.  Apple was first, but they were a closed system, only using content you purchase from iTunes for their Apple TV.  Boxee was next and was on the right path, they just ran out of time.  Now they're up against Google with their deep pockets, talented developers, and powerful partners.  I wish Boxee luck... but it seems like the writing is on the wall.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Replacing Cable Channels with ION


Some of the most popular "extended basic" channels on cable TV are Nickelodeon, HGTV, and channels like TBS and TNT.  ION Media Networks was decided to fill this void in broadcast television by offering similar, if not better programming for free.  If you like watching cooking shows or home shows on HGTV, you might find better options on ION like "the Emeril Lagasse show", or "DesignU".  If your kids like watching cartoons on Nick, they might find better options on Qubo like "Jane and the Dragon", or "Barbar".  If you like watching 2nd run shows or movies on TNT, or TBS, you should consider shows available on ION like "The Ghost Whisperer", or movies like "The Godfather".

Thank you ION for giving us a free alternative to cable tv!