Google TV Great for Google Power Users
Hopefully Netflix and Google can resolve this in the future. Don't use Netflix? Amazon.com Video on Demand is another pre-loaded app on the Revue. For Google app users, Google TV is a dream because you can access Google Apps such as Gmail, Google Reader and other programs from the big screen instead of a laptop.We could go on and on explaining all of the of the programming ins and outs. Some Websites don't render well at all on this big form factor, so Google has created a special "Spotlight" tab that touts Websites who created dedicated Google TV apps. These include HBO Go, USA Today, The New York Times and YouTube. As has been widely reported, YouTube Leanback provides a fresh viewing experience for user-generated videos and movie trailers. Users can click on a YouTube video and watch it play. Instead of flitting to the next video, Leanback will roll through videos, allowing users to relax and view rather than play with buttons every time a video is done. Users can pause, rewind or fast-forward through videos at any time. Users can also type on the keyboard at any time to change the content choices. Fair warning: the pop-up ads on Leanback can be annoying, but it's no more annoying than YouTube ads on the desktop. Ultimately, you need to ask yourself this: Are you one of the millions of Americans who surf the Web from their laptop, netbook or Apple iPad from the couch while watching TV? If so, Google TV powered by Revue is definitely one way to go. Think of Revue, then, as a way to turn your TV into a full-fledged netbook or tablet for Web consumption. Isn't that worth $300? Quirks, missing features and Website gaps aside, we think so.
For example, Google has created an app called Queue, which lets users subscribe to podcasts, Web video and other Web content. We subscribed to the NYTimes.com Website and found a fresh section in our Google Reader RSS app for Google Queue, allowing us to read the Times content there.