Google says it will launch TV service in U.S. this year, Canada next year

by Knowlton Thomas

googleGoogle is quickly becoming Apple's biggest problem.

The search engine king will launch its service to bring the web to television screens in the U.S. this fall - and in Canada and overseas next year.

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, said the TV service will allow full internet browsing via the television. It will be free, too, and Google is working with a host of program makers and electronics manufacturers to deliver their service to consumers.

“We will work with content providers, but it is very unlikely that we will get into actual content production,” Eric said after a keynote speech in Berlin. Sony said recently that it had agreed to have Google TV on its television sets. Samsung has also said it was looking into using the service, according to The Globe and Mail.

The announcement comes - probably not coincidentally - less than a week after rival Apple unveiled its new and improved Apple TV.

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Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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