Thursday, March 29, 2012

euronews For Google TV: Europe’s Leading International News Network On Demand

Guest to the Google TV Blog Walid Chamak, Marketing Manager for euronews  talks about how you can watch the latest news using the euronews app on your Google TV app.

Now you can enjoy what millions of viewers across the globe love about
euronews on their Google TV: an alternative and unique perspective on world events, providing accurate, unbiased, and factual information in an innovative format.
Every day, euronews’ team of 400 journalists, from more than 25 different nationalities, pool their talents to bring the top stories and latest development to our global audience.  



At euronews, we believe that a sensationalist approach to news undermines the information and distorts viewers’ perception of events. So, sit back and enjoy the uncompromising journalistic philosophy of euronews, now accessible on Google TV. No need to wait for the next newscast, the euronews app offers you the very latest news at your fingertips, anytime, from the comfort of your couch.

The lifestyle section provides you with the best of the arts, entertainment and the world around us. Whether it’s music, fashion, design, architecture or cinema, if it’s newsworthy, it’s on euronews. 

And don’t miss one of euronews’ most celebrated and symbolic programs, No Comment, with its award-winning and unique concept: striking images of current events from around the globe, unedited with their original sound.
This euronews app is already available in 5 services - English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. You can find the euronews app in the Spotlight Folder under the News category on your Google TV.
Guest post created by Walid Chamak, Marketing Manager for euronews

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bring The Film Festival To Your Living Room With NFB On Your Google TV


Guest to the Google TV Blog, Joel Pomerleau, Platform Development Director of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), shares how award winning documentaries, animations, and films can be viewed on your Google TV.

One of the great things about film is that it sparks as much interest during the movie as it does before and after. Take for instance the week long film festival in Cannes or SXSW Film. Critics and movie enthusiasts come together for a week long event to talk nothing but documentaries, films, and video.

But hey, rather than traveling to a distant galaxy far far away, you can watch critically acclaimed films directly on your Google TV whenever you want. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) created an app that features 2,000 English and French documentaries and animation films, all for free.

Whether you enjoy flamenco, wrestling, or documentaries on the War of 1812, NFB has a wide variety of content to suit your interest.

So, who’s the NFB anyway?
The NFB is Canada’s public – as in government-funded – film producer and distributor. Our mandate is to produce documentaries and animation films on topics relevant to Canadians and the world. Since our creation, we have received 72 Oscar nominations, and brought the gilded statuette home 12 times (a world record for a non-Hollywood studio).

NFB Films for Google TV
If you’re new to NFB on Google TV, a good place to start is the main page which offers recommendations for selected viewings. These recommendations, carefully curated by NFB staff, reflect current events, important calendar dates as well as social media trends.

Films for kids: Some of our animation films have attained cult classic status among kids. With this in mind, we’ve added a Film for Kids channel to the main menu to make it as easy as possible for kids to watch their favorite films – over and over again.

Channels: Channels are another great and easy way to explore the films we offer. If you’re unfamiliar with the NFB Catalogue, no problem. There’s a section called ‘Most Popular’ or ‘Classics.’  

Search: And if you are searching for a specific film or topic, use the search section to find what you’re looking for. Bilingual folks should note, they can search the French collection from the English interface. Prefer navigating the app en français? Not a problem. The language interface can easily be changed in the settings section.

My top picks
For the past 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to watch lots of films. Here are a few of my favorites to get started with:
  1. The Devil at Your Heels tells the story of Montreal-born stunt driver Ken Carter’s attempt to drive a car over the St-Lawrence River, a mile-long jump. Not only is this story crazy and fascinating, it’s beautifully shot and would definitely make Tarantino jealous.
  2. Walking is an amazing animated short by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ryan Larkin. Simple and elegant, it is a true artist’s reflection on movement and art.
  3. Project Grizzly documents the (totally wild) efforts of a Canadian man to design and build himself a bear-proof suit. The suit even had a cameo in one infamous episode of the Simpsons. You can guess who was wearing it.
  4. And for the Francophiles out there, Junior is an amazing feature documentary on junior hockey. Shot in the pure tradition of cinéma vérité, this film deftly captures the intense pressure and business interests surrounding these young athletes. A must-see for anyone with kids in high-level competitive sports.
  5. Le chat dans le sac is my all time NFB favorite. Shot by director Gilles Groulx, this film captures the essence of Quebec’s francophone identity crisis of the 1960s. The film, infused with French Nouvelle Vague aesthetics, even features a terrific original soundtrack by John Coltrane.
So there you have it. An exclusive all access pass to everything NFB. Let us know what your favorite movie is and, if you have recommendations for films you would like to see, we’re always looking to add to the collection.

Download the app from the Google Play Store on your Google TV.

Guest to the Google TV Blog, Joel Pomerleau, Platform Development Director of NFB

Friday, March 16, 2012

Google TV Apps That Bring You Home

There’s a fast-growing number of apps for your Google TV – hundreds built especially for TV; thousands available from the mobile world. Some take you far from home, and some make home not feel so far away. If you live in the U.S. and your home is far away, we’re featuring apps this week that bring the hometown content you love to your Google TV, for free. Take a trip with us through some apps from around the world:

  • PPTV offers high-definition video programming, including the latest cinema blockbusters and TV dramas from Asia.  Also available are popular anime series, variety entertainment shows such as Taiwanese Idol and China Super Girl, and live sports and financial news.  
  • IslamBox has more than 40 Live TV Channels and over two thousand hours of video on demand in four different languages from around the world. Watch Islamic Channels like Islam Channel from UK, Express News from Pakistan, Peace TV from India, Bridges Television from USA, Huda TV from Egypt and many more.
  • Yupp TV brings Indian TV channels live and on demand to your Google TV. YuppTV today has more than 80 channels available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Punjabi languages.  
  • Raaga offers South Asian music from more than 200 music labels from the region in almost 20 languages. This includes Bollywood content, as well as music in regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and more.
  • Crunchyroll lets you watch Japanese anime and Asian Drama on your Google TV. The app offers the latest anime from Japan in English languages or subtitles, showing new episodes one hour after airing in Japan.
  • euronews is a web app that publishes the very latest news from Europe ‘s leading international news channel. The app brings the day’s top world, business and lifestyle news as well as the award-winning programme no comment. Language services available include English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
  • Al Jazeera offers an English version of the Arabic-language news network. This app brings breaking news and features plus background material including profiles and global reactions, and you can watch the latest Al Jazeera programs in HD quality.

Our promise of making it easy to access more entertainment for your living room means we’re looking far and wide for content relevant for you, whatever that content may be, or wherever your living room is.

Are you an expat using Google TV? Let us know what other apps you use to keep in touch with home on our +Google TV page!

Posted by Jennifer Wasson, Google TV Content Partnerships

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Here’s How You Can Keep The SXSW Music Going On Your Google TV


Guests to the Google TV Blog, Brian Lisi, Qello CEO and Tom Conrad, Pandora CTO, Jurek Foryciarz, Google TV Product Manager share some great tips for music on Google TV.
If you didn’t head to SXSW Music this week, no sweat. We got you covered with three ways to listen to what’s playing now on your Google TV. 1. When The Concert Ends - Qello Begins
Turn your living room into a concert with Qello. With Qello on Google TV, you can choose from the largest and widest variety of stellar-quality HD concerts and music documentaries to stream right on to your big screen.


Whether you want to check out a hot new indie band like The Airborne Toxic Event or you want to get up close to a legend like Johnny Cash or Jim Morrison, Qello’s got something for you. Qello’s got the largest collection of HD concert films in the world, from the hottest new shows to the legendary concerts you’ve always dreamed of seeing.


Not sure what you want to watch? No problem. Click on Qello TV, choose a channel, and sit back and tune in to some of the best live music moments the catalog has to offer. It’s a non-stop festival of musical genius.


If you want to learn more about a band, an artist, or get the story behind the making of a classic album, Qello’s documentaries will turn you into a true music maven. With Qello, you’ve always got a ticket to see an amazing show. And with Google TV, you’ve got the best seat in the house. Visit the Google Play Store to download Qello.

2. Let Pandora Sing For You
And as the day winds down, let Pandora on your Google TV set the mood of the evening. Pandora lets you personalize your music stations to best match your musical tastes. It’s also available just about everywhere from your mobile phone, tablet, computer or TV.


But Pandora on your TV is just so much better from the comfort of your living room paired with the best surround sound speakers. Pandora has worked closely with Google TV to deliver a simple user interface that plays well on any size TV, bringing delight and discovery of personalized radio to living rooms everywhere.

With Pandora for Google TV, you can easily tune in to your personalized stations you’ve created on the web or on your phone, create new stations and rate songs with thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback.

3. Lean Back And Let YouTube Work For You
What’s great about Google TV is you have multiple options when it comes to listening to music. Take the YouTube for Google TV app. YouTube has just about everything and then some when it comes to music and entertainment.

Within the YouTube app, you can find all kinds of entertaining videos from creative minds like you. Take for instance, a music parody from Weird Al. Type in ‘Weird Al Yankovic Star Wars’ and you’ll find several videos to stimulate your funny bone.

What’s also great about YouTube on Google TV is that when one video ends, another automatically begins. Constant playback is great for when you have guests over and you want to turn your TV into a conversation starter.  


So instead of waiting for your protocol droid to pick a song for you in Geonosian, sit back, relax, and let the melodies of Google TV move the Force in you. 

Guests Post created by Brian Lisi, Qello CEO, Tom Conrad, Pandora CTO, and Jurek Foryciarz, Google TV Product Manager

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MOVL Apps for Google TV - Coming to a cafe near you


Guest to the Google TV Blog, Alan Queen, discusses "The Neighborhood," a new way to use Google TV in public spaces.

At MOVL, we create multi-screen apps for smart TVs and connected devices. You may have seen two of our existing apps in the Google TV Spotlight: WeDraw and PokerFun. We’ve received tremendous feedback from people who love to play along with these “living room” games using their smart phones as controllers. Now, we are taking the multi-screen experience outside the living room and into public spaces.

MOVL has partnered with V2 Broadcasting to create a new product for retail stores, restaurants, bars, and cafes called “The Neighborhood”. This unique experience will provide customers with special offers, and content, including multi-screen apps powered by MOVL and Google TV.


If you’re at SXSW, we’ll be demoing The Neighborhood in the Google Village. In each location, there will be several Google TV devices running MOVL apps. If you walk into a bar that has The Neighborhood, you’ll be able to download a mobile companion app and play games with other people in the bar.



One of the key aspects of this product is that the TV app and the mobile app will always be in sync. When the game changes on the TV, your mobile app will automatically change to the new game as well.

This means you won’t have to switch between mobile apps to keep up with what’s happening on the TV. If you launch the mobile app and the TV is playing Trivia, your mobile app will automatically load the Trivia interface and connect to the game.



All the apps use the MOVL Connect Platform, so everything happening on the Google TV is automatically synced with the mobile app.  We’ve also converted all of our apps to HTML5.
In fact, we chose Google TV for our launch platform because it has the best support for HTML5, whether an app is running in the Chrome browser or inside a native Android app.



What’s great about multi-screen apps in public spaces, is that once users connect to the TV app, they are also connected to each other. It effectively creates a mini social network, where users can communicate publicly or privately in each of the apps.


So the next time you are at your favorite pub, ask them if they have Google TV with The Neighborhood. If not, chances are they will soon. The Neighborhood will be launching soon in the Chicago area at Bar Louie.



In the mean time, if you happen to be at SXSW this year, stop by the Google Village for a demo of the The Neighborhood. And bring your own controller!

When you visit the Google Village at SXSW, head to the Google TV lounge at the Developers House, and go to http://sxsw.movl.com on your mobile device to play along.

Posted by guest to the Google TV Blog, Alan Queen, CTO and Founder of MOVL

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sit Back, Relax And Let Plex For Google TV Work For You


Guest to the Google TV Blog Darrin Edelman discusses the benefits of using the Plex app to watch all your content on your Google TV.


If you want to display all of your favorite local and online media (video, music, and photos) seamlessly on your big screen TV, check out Plex for Google TV. Imagine being able to watch your movie collection, listen to your extensive music library or flip through your family photos without having to convert or move files to get them to play on your Google TV. Plex streams your music, photos and videos in real time.


Plex also supports a growing number of channels from many of your favorite online providers, giving you an easy and consistent way to consume your favorite online content. For example, you can peruse CNN for the latest news, or CNET for timely technology updates. With access to more than 200 channels there is a ton of great content, including Vimeo, Revision3, Live Music Archive, and NPR.


myPlex
Plex offers an online service called myPlex with some really cool features. First of all, myPlex makes it incredibly easy to access your media while on the road from your mobile device. Simply sign the media server and the mobile app into myPlex and you’ll have instant access to all your home media. Also with myPlex, you can queue up interesting videos as you come across them, as well as easily share your personal content with friends and family.


The new release
The upcoming release of Plex for Google TV (available shortly) has a brand new home screen, designed specifically to make browsing your media on a big screen much more enjoyable. You can quickly access recently added media, the next episode in a TV show you're watching (the On Deck feature), and much more. Here what it looks like!




Getting started
If you’ve never used Plex before, and you want to connect to your local content, you’ll need to install the Plex Media Server on a PC, Mac or Linux to get started. During installation, you tell the Plex Media Server where to find your media, and it will organize it, pulling down cover art, ratings and other goodies to enhance your media browsing experience. Here are detailed instructions on getting started with the Plex Media Server.


From there, it’s easy – download Plex for Google TV from Android Market. Upon startup, Plex for Google TV will scan your network and automatically connect to the Plex Media Server you just set up. 


For the Plex Media Server and desktop versions, visit http://www.plexapp.com/getplex.



To keep informed on the latest Plex news follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Or tune in to our blogs elan.plexapp.com for a wide array of Plex information or darrin.plexapp.com for Android updates.
Posted by Darrin Edelman, Head of Development for Plex for Google TV and Plex for Android