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Google TV Update is Coming Next Week
Tags: Google TV, Android, Sony Internet TV, Logitech Revue (all tags)
The long awaited Google TV 2.0 is coming in early November, packed with new functionality.
When Google TV first launched, there was a lot of excitement about all of the potential it had. Then it came out and it turns out that the potential was just that - potential. The actual execution was disappointing.
A new update to the Google TV is aimed to make the service not only more functional, but something to be envied. It uses the same Honeycomb operating system found in Android tablets and includes capabilities like access to the Android Marketplace - something the old Google TV interface didn't have.
The first update will be coming to the Sony Internet TV this weekend while the Logitech Revue will be getting it shortly after. If the new operating system is as game changing as expected, that Revue may start looking pretty good compared to the $199 Boxee Box.
Hulu Plus Now Available on Sony TVs - Blu-ray Players and PS3 Coming Soon
Tags: Hulu Plus, Sony Internet TV, Bravia, PlayStation 3 (all tags)
Hulu Plus is still in the preview phase, but you'll no longer need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to get to it.
The Hulu Plus launch is still on the way. Eventually. It's coming at some point, but it's not here yet. In the meantime, those who signed up for the Hulu Plus preview can now access the service across a variety of Sony devices.
If you've got a Sony Internet TV or a 2010 Bravia, you can jump on right now and launch the Hulu Plus app from the Internet Video platform. You'll still need a subscription and a preview invite, but you can finally get Hulu on your TV.
Sony has announced that Blu-ray players , Blu-ray Home Theater Systems, network media players and even the Dash will be getting a Hulu Plus update soon, though they haven't specified a date. The PlayStation 3 already has Hulu Plus available to PlayStation Plus subscribers, but that's all going to change next week when the app becomes available to everyone.
Best Buy Offers Free Delivery and Installation on Sony Google TV Products
Tags: Best Buy, Google TV, Sony Internet TV (all tags)
Sure, most people won't need it, but you can't complain about free.
It's easy to take pot-shots at Best Buy for the Geek Squad installation programs they've got set up. Charging people for installations they could easily perform themselves is a bit slimy, and the prices are at the threshold of ridiculous.
It's hard to criticize free installation though. If you pick up a Sony Internet TV or Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player (worst name ever?) you'll get it delivered to your house and installed for free. Unnecessary or not, having someone bring your new TV into the house for you is nice.
There's no word on how long Best Buy's free installation and delivery is going to last, but expect it to hold out through the holidays at least. If you get the Logitech Revue, by the way, you're out of luck - no free installation for you.