First Update to Google TV Begins Rolling Out

Google TV released its first software update, which added an app for Netflix; added a dual-view feature that allows users to watch a show and surf the Web at the same time; added support for the Google TV Remote app in Android Market; included a movie results page; and fixed some bugs.

Product manager Larry Yang posted on the Google TV Blog:

We’ve partnered up with our friends at Netflix to upgrade the app so that you can search, browse, and watch any movie or show that is in the Netflix streaming catalog. You can even add these titles to your DVD queue if you want them mailed to you. Not sure what to watch? The new Netflix app will also give you personalized recommendations based on what you’ve watched before. Your TV is now an unlimited source of entertainment.

Google TV brings the TV and Web together in one seamless experience so you can easily watch your favorite TV show and browse your favorite Web site at the same time. With the feature, you can do things like watch Conan while tweeting about him on Twitter at the same time. Since launch, we’ve had users give us feedback that they want even more customization options for this feature, and so today, we have enhanced it to allow you to resize and move the window however you’d like.

What if you could control your TV with the power of your voice? Starting today, you can download the Google TV Remote app in Android Market. Apart from the standard TV remote options like changing channels or accessing your DVR, you can now interact with your TV in ways you never have before. For instance, try using the integrated voice search, which allows you to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into your phone. Or, go from small screen to big screen by sharing videos and Web sites directly from your phone to your TV.

Say you’re searching for a movie like Harry Potter. Google TV now has a movie results page that shows you all films associated with the title so you can quickly watch what you want, wherever it’s available — ranging from sources like live TV, Netflix, and Amazon Video on Demand. You can also read a quick summary, see photos, and find the cast list. Click on the name of a cast member and we’ll take you to a new search landing page where you can find other movies featuring that actor. Trust us, you’ll never leave the couch again.

Google TV users will start to see these updates roll out to their devices throughout the week. The Google TV Remote app is available today but all features may not work until your device has received the update.

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