January 8, 2013
Google’s new “send to TV” feature is starting to pop up on a collection of new TVs and devices from companies like Sony, LG, Panasonic and Bang & Olufsen. The feature turns a consumer’s Android device into a YouTube remote for the big screen, and also allows users to push videos from devices to Google-equipped TVs. These YouTube-friendly sets will premiere at CES this week.
“There’s no word yet on whether or not this functionality will arrive retroactively to older non-Google-TV TVs from these companies, but we should get clarification on that in Vegas,” reports Wired.
According to a YouTube Blog post, Google will give similar YouTube treatment to other products from Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Western Digital and others in the coming year. “These new devices will also have the latest look and feel for YouTube on TV, letting you watch HD videos and channels on the big screen with everyone at home,” notes the blog. “Catch the latest videos from your subscriptions, watch playlists full of 1080p videos and find the next great video faster with search suggestions.”
“Of course,” writes Wired, “we also expect to see plenty of new Google TV products at CES, particularly TVs and set-top boxes that utilize Google TV’s new voice search feature, as well as improved suggestions on what to watch across free and paid TV, apps and streaming services.”