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Google wants to take on Apple with an open AirPlay alternative

Google wants to take on Apple with an open AirPlay alternative | Great Geeky Gadgets | Scoop.it

Google is working on an open alternative to Apple’s AirPlay, and it’s hoping to bring a number of device and software vendors on board to provide the industry with an open technology to exchange data between second screens and TV-connected devices. YouTube unveiled the first implementation of this technology last week, when it launched AirPlay-like video beaming from Android phones and tablets to Google TV devices. But Google product manager Timbo Drayson made it clear during a conversation I had with him a few days ago that this is just the first step. “We really want to move the whole industry forward,” he said.


Google representatives have been talking about bringing an AirPlay-like experience to Google TV for some time, and the company has also worked for years on a closer connection between Android mobile phones and YouTube apps on a variety of smart TV platforms. YouTube first unveiled a YouTube Remote control app two years ago, and then integrated the same remote control functionality into its main YouTube app last year. Both apps allowed users to start the playback of YouTube videos from their phones. But the downside was that the devices first had to be paired by entering a nine-digit code.


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Google vs Apple. All I seem to hear at the moment, oh that and Apple vs Samsung.

Matmi is really excited by the IPTV technology and the possibilities it presents. To name one, it will change the landscape for second screen apps.

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Who's afraid of a little live TV? Why streaming service Aereo scares the broadcast industry

Who's afraid of a little live TV? Why streaming service Aereo scares the broadcast industry | Great Geeky Gadgets | Scoop.it
There is an infamous attack ad from the 1970s that opens with a montage of a devil, a vampire, and Frankenstein's monster — and then shifts to a terrifying, anthropomorphized cable box. The angry cable box has red eyes and a wide row of shark-like teeth, which it gnashes as a paternal-sounding announcer warns viewers to stay away from cable: "Don’t let pay TV be the monster in your living room!”

The broadcast television industry has fought — in court, in Congress, and in the media — to block every major innovation in the delivery of its content. Broadcasters fought the upstart cable companies that figured out that a physical connection could deliver a clearer picture than a TV antenna. They fought the VCR and the DVR all the way to the Supreme Court. Now, they’re fighting a startup called Aereo that streams broadcast television live over the internet.


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Gotta love the new streaming world. Fight as they might, the broadcasters need to get with the program (sorry, accidental pun) soon or risk losing more and more viewers. STOP MAKING REALITY TV SHOWS!


Rant over  ^SL

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Sony's Ultra High Definition TV will come with world's first 4K delivery system

Sony's Ultra High Definition TV will come with world's first 4K delivery system | Great Geeky Gadgets | Scoop.it

If there's $25,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket and room in your living room for Sony's 84-inch XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV, but you're worried about a lack of 4K res content to play on it, allow us to put your mind at ease. Sony's Ray Hartjen has picked up the blogging pen and revealed each of the supersized sets will ship with "the world's first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution, complete with pre-loaded, native 4K entertainment."

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