So what exactly is “Smart TV”? and What is the definition of smart TV? Simply put it is a merger between two of the most important technological advances the past couple of centuries– good old TV and the internet.
The strongest Smart TV technology offering we’ve seen so far comes from global search giant Google, partnered with Intel, Sony and Logitech with their Google TV. The Google smart TV setup allows viewers to watch either traditional television broadcasts or enjoy a variety of shows streamed from the internet, access websites from their TV, and even run applications on it.
So what is powering Smart TV? Well hardware wise the leaders in the field at this stage is Intel with its Intel Atom CE4100 processor. This is Intel’s first system-on-a-chip aimed at Smart TV’s based on the Atom architecture. The chip allows Smart TV top boxes to be able to handle dual-stream 1080p video support and other processing duties. But Google TV is facing its share of problems though, with Viacom (representing MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1) recently opting out of an agreement with the service.
They join News Corp, NBC Universal, Disney and CBS who’ve also shut out Google’s TV ambitions. Google is also encountering software issues and have last month asked manufacturers at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas to delay their showing of Google TV devices.
At the end of the day they say content is king, and if Google can’t get the big guys interested Google TV will be off to a very shaky start. Oh yes, there is no news regarding a release date for Google TV in SA yet.