Google fixes the PC to TV solution
Apple has successfully created a computer-to-TV solution with Apple TV. They’ve had instant success once Apple repositioned itself and Apple TV Take 2 was created. Now, users of Macs and iPods can download media (songs, movies and photos) and display them on their HD TVs. The PC market, however, hasn’t had the success that Apple has. Now, Google plans to fix that.
According to Last 100, Google is releasing its Google Media Server for PC users. The blog comments that Google’s Media Server will “work in conjunction with Google’s desktop search application – Google Desktop – to locate various media (photos, music and video) stored on your PC and make it available for streaming over a home network to any UPnP compatible or DLNA ‘certified’ device.”
Although there are other Windows-based media options, Google clearly plans on breaking the mold by allowing internet streamed content from its photo sharing service as well as playing YouTube videos on your TV.
According to Google, Google Media Server is a Windows only application that uses Google Desktop technology and Google Desktop Search to search for media. After dowloading the application, a user will need to connect the Media Server to a UPnP-enabled device, such as a Playstation 3.
Several sources today are contemplating if this will bring Google to even a bigger venture to make products that will allow Google to enter the “media living room” industry.