“Google TV will be Android TV”

Android TV

According to GigaOm, Google is thinking about rebranding Google TV into Android TV. Apart from the name change, no new services or products are about to be released under this new brand so this would be more a cosmetic kind of a change. In a way, it makes sense that Google is naming it Android TV as the current devices are running on Android and Android is a well known brand of its own these days and the brand Google is still more associated with search then with an operating system. However, Google is also pushing the Chrome brand beyond the browser with products like Chromecast, a television HDMI dongle. So if Google would change the name of Google TV, why not call it Chrome TV? Or will they change the name of Chromecast into Androidcast as well?

Google Chromecast now available for international shipping… thanks to Amazon

Google Chromecast

Although Amazon competes with Google in the streaming media space, the technology giant is also still shipping a lot products. Like Chromecast. The nicely priced HDMI dongle allowing to stream video directly to your TV whilst using your mobile device as the remote was an instant hit and got sold out almost immediately. And it was only officially available in the United States. Until now. According to Android Central Amazon is allowing international shipping. At least orders for Australia and the UK were accepted. Let us know if orders from other countries were possible as well.

Google Play now serves Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The Wire and more

The Wire

In a surprise move, Google has negotiated a deal with HBO, offering seven popular series via Google Play. This means that the series have to be bought per episode iTunes style instead of just watching what you want for a fixed fee like Netflix is offering. The price for a normal episode is between USD 1,99 and USD 2,99 with an extra surcharge of a dollar for HD. And more series will be added as Google states this is only the beginnning of their partnership with HBO. For now, Google will offer Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, True Blood, and The Wire.

It is such a surprise since Google seemed to be focussing only on access so far. Google TV and Google Chromecast are both Android based solution that offer a broad range of online video on your television provided by third parties. And YouTube of course. But so far, Google was rather absent on the content market.

Since the Spotify model seems to be the winning model, the shows have been aired elsewhere before and the deal only allows US citizens to buy the episodes, it is not that big a revolution. Yet. Let’s just see what is going to happen in the near future. Google has finally released a Spotify competitor for music. And they do have a very valuable asset with YouTube. Maybe this is just the beginning and is Google about to take on Netflix. Time will tell.

YouTube competitor Dailymotion brings VEVO to Europe

Dailymotion

French online video platform Dailymotion is extending their current partnership. Users in France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK now also have access to the extensive music video library of VEVO.

Great news of course for the music lovers in these countries, but a little peculiar since Google, the owner of YouTube, is rumoured to have a stake in VEVO of around 7 percent. Also, Yahoo, still seen as a Google competitor, was close to taken over Dailymotion and might try to make a move again.