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April - 2010 - issue > Tech Tracker

Now, Search Your Content on TV Like In the Web

Eureka Bharali
Friday, April 2, 2010
Eureka Bharali
With the Internet is entering new domains to reach out to a larger base, what would a merger between TV and Internet do? For simpletons who are not aware of strapping a Mac Mini to the back of a TV, many companies are coming out with alternatives. Google and Dish Network are testing a search service that would enable users to find video content on conventional TV and on the Internet. The test, which uses Google's Android software, could determine whether TV viewers would favor Web-like searches over the use of remote control searches, which usually involve the use of menus and much clicking around via a TV's remote control.

The experiment is another indication that a wide range of companies is seeking to take advantage of the emerging convergence of TV and Internet video offerings. With the Apple TV, you can stream home movies and photos from your TV. With the recent "Take 2" update, you can now rent movies and make purchases from Apple directly on your TV with no need for a computer, and YouTube videos can also now be streamed directly.

With the D-Link DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player, you can enjoy streaming your DivX content over your home network to this device, and then enjoying it on your TV. The Netgear EVA8000 will give you wireless and wired network integration, and besides focusing on streaming all of your video and audio formats, it also gives you the ability to pull up portions of your desktop such as a web browser or your email, and access them right on your TV screen.

SanDisk's TakeTV takes only three steps to get your MPEG4, Xvid and AVI files displayed on your television. The TiVo lets you download files and have them delivered to your Internet connected TiVo. What takes the cake is the laptop which can perform all this with an S-Video cable. Clearly, there is no escaping the Internet anymore.
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