Cast dongle can unlock true hybrid TV

The HDMI cast dongle was legitimised when Google launched Chromecast mid-2013 and since then has gained force as a disruptive product potentially threatening pay TV operators, set top box makers and especially the smart TV. But it actually has a constructive role as a unifying device for the digital home, bringing together traditional pay TV, OTT and User Generated Content (UGC).

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Amazon Announces New Streaming Device, Fire TV Stick, Special Limited Pricing Of $19 – Dan Rayburn

This morning Amazon announced a new HDMI streaming device called the Fire TV Stick, which is already available for pre-order and will ship before black Friday. (Nov. 19th) Amazon is offering Prime members, or those who sign up for Prime, special pricing on the stick for only $19, for the next 48 hours, after which it will retail for $39. Many might be quick to compare this to Google’s Chromecast stick, but unlike Chromecast, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick won’t require another device to use it. Amazon’s streaming stick comes with a remote and most, but not all, of the functionality of their $99 Fire TV box.”

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» The End of the Beginning: Google’s ‘Android TV’ and the Future of Television – tdgresearch

There was much discussion last week about Google’s Android TV, the company’s latest attempt to address the TV-as-an-app space, which is as interesting for what it isn’t as for what it is.

First, it’s not a box built by a contract manufacturer for Google. Given the strength of the open source (i.e., free) Android operating system with CE OEMs, Google has decided to extend that model to the TV space. That means allowing third parties to build Android TV devices, either as a standalone Internet set-top boxes (iSTBs) or integrated directly into Smart TVs.

Second, Android TV has little or no relationship with legacy pay-TV. Unlike previous iterations of Google TV, which tried to overlay Google search on top of pay-TV via HDMI pass through, Android TV bypasses legacy TV altogether and focuses instead on apps.”

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