Will SageTV technology be used in the upcoming release of GoogleTV?
SageTV has been around since 2002 and commands a pretty loyal following, including myself. The SageTV Media Center offers a pretty solid DVR service as well as the ability to stream your incoming TV signal throughout the home.
Earlier this week the news came down that Google has purchased SageTV as indicated on their website:
Since 2002, we’ve worked to change the TV viewing experience by building cutting-edge software and technology that allows you to create and control your media center from multiple devices. And as the media landscape continues to evolve, we think it’s time our vision of entertainment management grows as well. By teaming up with Google, we believe our ideas will reach an even larger audience of users worldwide on many different products, platforms and services.
We’ve seen how Google’s developer efforts are designed to stimulate innovation across the web, and as developers have played a core role in the success of SageTV, we think our shared vision for open technology will help us advance the online entertainment experience. We look forward to joining Google, and while we don’t have anything specific to announce at this time, we encourage interested developers to email: email@example.com
As the quote indicates, everyone is pretty tight lipped on why Google purchased SageTV, but it seems fairly easy to guess that the reasons revolve around GoogleTV which suddenly is drumming up a lot of chatter out on the web.
While so many were so quick to dismiss GoogleTV because they released a product that essentially should have been called GoogleTV Beta (kind of like Gmail), we here at Home System Integration kept the faith that the GoogleTV we saw back in the Fall is not the end result.
From all of the new clips that have come out recently about changes surrounding GoogleTV, it is pretty obvious that Google still very much is committed to seeing GoogleTV become a central piece to the Connected Home. With companies creating similar devices based on various GoogleTV Android versions like Xtreamer, there is little doubt that what Google started here WILL have an impact on our lives.
Can’t wait to see what happens when Android 3.1 Honeycomb lands on the GoogleTV, along with its competitors!
Ain’t technology grand?