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Sony Says Goodbye to OnLive on Google TV


After Sony recently announced their purchase of the Gaikai cloud gaming service for $380m, they’ve now announced that they will be dropping OnLive from their latest Google TV powered Blu-Ray player. This makes sense, as OnLive is a competing cloud gaming service and it wouldn’t make sense to support the competition. OnLive has been making strides in partnerships with companies like LG and other Google TV manufacturers, and they likely anticipated this move by Sony and are focusing their efforts elsewhere.

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OnLive Offers New Social Features on LG Google TV


OnLive, the cloud-streaming gaming company that removes the need for a console, are banking on the next generation of Smart TVs to get them into living rooms easily. The idea is that a consumer buys an LG Smart TV (powered by Google TV), buys an OnLive controller, gets home, and realizes that they can play a whole library of triple A console games without actually having a console. It sounds good for the user but its success will depend on the user experience.

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Google Buys SageTV to Enhance Google TV


Google has acquired SageTV for an undisclosed amount. The tech giant has plans to take SageTV’s media management software and technology to next level, according Google’s spokeswoman. SageTV is  an Inglewood-based company that provide DVR technology and streaming-video software for systems running Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Mac OS X.

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Google TV Remote App Now Available for Apple Devices

Google TV announced that its Google TV Remote app is now available for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPods running iOs 3 or higher, joining the Android app, which debuted in December.

In addition to traditional remote-control functions such as changing channels or DVR access, users can search for their favorite shows via voice search.

Google TV added that the app currently does not support sharing Web pages from the Apple devices to TV screens.

Google TV Releases Update

Google TV released version 1.3 over this past weekend as an over-the-air update for its users.

Improvements include: support for more WMA audio files; better integration of Netflix and CNBC Real Time; improved transition between songs in Pandora; support for Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on Sony devices; and support for more Blu-ray discs.