Wednesday, July 25, 2012

OnLive: console-class gaming on Google TV without the console

Guest to the Google TV blog, Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO, OnLive talks about console-class cloud gaming on Google TV devices.

With Google TV, a vast world of entertainment is always at your fingertips. Movies, TV shows, YouTube channels, music, apps—through live TV or streamed to your living room. OnLive is proud to bring yet another popular form of entertainment from the Internet to you: console-class gaming.

From family-friendly titles like MLB 2K12 to favorites such as Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders II and more, OnLive delivers hundreds of top-tier video games from more than 80 of the world’s best publishers directly to select Google TV devices, with more devices on the way.

Grab your remote, a Google TV-compatible controller or, better yet, the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller and in just a few taps, you’re gaming. Play the first 30 minutes of nearly any game free. Subscribe to the OnLive PlayPack for unlimited access to 200+ select titles, or purchase the latest hit games a la carte for play on your TV and all your favorite displays. (With OnLive, you can start a game on your TV and continue playing it anywhere, on nearly any PC or Mac, Android tablet or phone.)

You can also take advantage of free cloud-based social features, such as watching other gamers play live in OnLive’s massive worldwide spectating Arena, voice chatting with friends and spectators, or combining everything in the forthcoming OnLive MultiView, which lets you watch and chat with three friends or teammates as you play.

OnLive is integrated into the VIZIO Co-Star and will also be pre-installed on the LG Smart TV with Google TV (G2 Series) via a future software update. For other Google TV devices, an OnLive app is on its way to Google Play, making console-quality top-tier gaming a standard capability for any Google TV device.

Just as Google TV has reimagined how people watch television, OnLive has reimagined the way people game—making playing the latest top-tier titles as simple and as instantaneous as streaming a movie. Welcome to the future of video games.

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Guest post created by Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO, OnLive

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Celebrate Comic-Con from the comfort of your couch

Comic-Con is upon us, and anime fans are ready for the action. But if you can’t make the trek out to San Diego this year, you can still enjoy the comics and anime on your Google TV with YouTube, Crackle and Crunchyroll.

If you’re eagerly awaiting the latest news, cosplay outfits, and show debuts straight from Comic-Con, then check out the great lineup of YouTube personalities including:

  • Stan Lee’s World of Heroes featuring Stan Lee himself, Jace Hall (The Jace Hall Show), Bonnie Burton(Author, Star Wars Craft Book), Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model) and more.
  • Blackbox TV featuring Tony E. Valenzuela (creator of Blackbox TV), actor Brea Grant & Zane Grant, and more.
  • Nerdist featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Tournament of Nerds with Justin Donaldson and Hal Rudnick.
  • Machinima Prime featuring Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia), Tom Green (Dance Academy),Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Twilight Saga) and more.
  • Geek & Sundry featuring Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt.
  • Warner Brothers debuts H+ The Digital Series – a riveting, futuristic series from producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects / X-Men: First Class) – followed by a Q&A with Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David Clayton Rogers (Jane by Design), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), and more.
  • Plus other exciting programming from Shut Up! Cartoons, Mondo, MyDamnChannel, and LOUD, and learn more on the YouTube blog.

To find any of these on YouTube, just open the YouTube app on your Google TV, search for the channel name (i.e. World of Heroes), click “channel” in the top right-hand corner, and sit back and enjoy all the latest videos.

Ikki Tousen. Blue Exorcist. Blood+. Crackle has full episodes of over 50 popular anime series including some previously not available in the US, like Kurozuka, and others that we know you’ll love like Marvel’s Wolverine and Iron Man.

The best part? They’re on demand… full-length… and absolutely, positively free. Sound interesting? Then check out Crackle on your Google TV. You may even find Queen’s Blade, that series you thought was your little secret. (We knew.)

The Crunchyroll app is sure to keep you entertained for hours as you browse and watch from their large selection of your favorite Japanese Anime and Drama series on your big screen. Will Gon uncover the clue from the tape recorder? Will Ichigo and Gingo finally settle the score?

Nearly all the episodes are free, and if you want to watch new episodes just an hour after they air in Japan, you can sign up for the paid membership. Take a peek at Naruto Shippuden or indulge in a Shugo Chara episode. 

Find Crackle in the Spotlight section of Google TV and download Crunchyroll from the Google Play Store today.

Tell us what you think on our Google+ Page. Share your Comic-Con experience with us. And if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends.

Posted by Catherine Liang, Google TV Product Marketing Manager

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Don your red, white and blue and show off those stars and stripes with Google TV this Fourth of July

If you’re celebrating July 4th in the U.S., here are a few ways Google TV can help you get into the freedom spirit:

Spice Up Your BBQ Cookout
There’s no denying that one of the best parts of the Fourth of July is the food. Sitting out, enjoying the summer heat, and popping some burgers and hotdogs on the grill spells out the recipe for a marvelous Independence Day. But your menu doesn’t have to be the same old BBQ fare this year. Take a look at on Google TV for some inspiration. has more than 40,000 food and recipe videos to choose from and is easy to navigate on your TV to find the exact recipe you are looking for!

Celebrate our Country
Interested in finding out the history of America’s birth? Then use the TV & Movies app to find all your favorite channels and movie titles that have to do with this special day. You might stumble upon something cool like a History channel documentary on the Fourth of July or the next showing of the classic film Independence Day with Will Smith. 

Watch the Fireworks
But just in case that wasn’t enough, use Google TV Search to find fireworks shows and videos you can share with the family. For example, type in July Fourth as the search term and you’ll get several YouTube videos like the World of Color and the Macy’s Fireworks Show. Plenty of entertainment to entertain your family and friends as you settle down after a family meal.

Decorate with Stars and Stripes
Prepare for the festivities with a little arts and crafts time. Kayli from the HeyKayli YouTube Channel teaches you how to create a fun American Flag out of wood in this video. Watch the video on your big screen as you build the craft with your little ones.

Entertain Your Friends
If you’re having your friends over for to celebrate, entertain them with some games on your Google TV. You don’t need a full size pool table to enjoy a game of pool, just bring one up on your TV. Check out Pool Break and challenge your friends to a game. We guarantee you’ll have a great time. And if pool is not your cup of tea, no worries. Check out Gem Miner 2. Grab your pickaxes and dig your way through temples, crevices, and more to find fame and fortune. It’s even better on the big screen with full HD. And the best part is, you can play a quick game in between flipping burgers and hotdogs.

Tell us what you think on our Google+ Page. How are you planning to celebrate the Fourth? And if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends. 

Posted by Catherine Liang, Google TV Product Marketing Manager