Google BFD TV

by Todd Mintz June 14th, 2010 

"I forget the guy's name but I know somebody must have said…Sell it and they will come boys, sell it and they will come."
Bruce Springsteen

So I keep reading lots of news about how important and revolutionary Google TV will be. They'll achieve yet another revenue foothold with consumers and sell a whole bunch of boxes that will integrate the web with television. Now, I don't discount the importance of wedding the Internet to TV…it is an important threshold for consumers to cross. However, we already have Internet television and have had it for some time. We don't need Google to bring this service to us…we already have the capability to get it ourselves.

Ingredients:

One Laptop Computer with wireless access

One HD Television

Now, you will have to determine how to connect your laptop to your TV. If your laptop accepts HDMI connections, you're in luck. Use an HDMI Cord to connect the devices.

If your laptop doesn't accept HDMI, you'll need separate cords for both the video and audio. For video, you can use the same sort of cord that you use to connect your monitor to your desktop (except, I would order an extra long monitor cord so not to have to crowd your laptop next to your TV).

For audio, you'll need to use a "male to male" audio cord…like the video cord, I would order an extra long one.

Attach the video and audio cords onto the respective slots on both the laptop and television. Turn your television on and switch the output to "PC".

Turn on your laptop and make sure it's online.

Fire up the Internet and watch some video.

The cords you need to purchase should run you about $10 and all but the most technically illiterate should be able to perform these steps.

All the HDTV's at my house already have the necessary peripherals attached thusly:

Now if you don't own a laptop (and never plan to get one), perhaps Google TV is worthwhile. Otherwise, there isn't any reason to wait to pay Google for a solution you already have.

Todd Mintz

Todd Mintz knows PPC...knows Social Media...knows SEO...knows Blogging...knows Domaining...and knows them all real well. He also is on the Board of Directors at SEMpdx, runs his own side gigs and tweets quite a bit.

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5 Responses to “Google BFD TV”

  1. Hugo says:

    Oh, Todd. Google TV has very little to do with with bringing the existing internet to television.

    It has everything to do with bringing television to the internet (e.g. making TV shows searchable, making tv ads generate online revenue, making tv ads accountable via web analytics measurements, allowing independent, web-based television networks/shows compete with established ones, etc).

  2. Todd, you don't even need a laptop. ATI has made this possible with desktops since 1996 with their All-in-wonder video card:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-in-Wonder

    :)
    .-= Michael VanDeMar recently posted: Was The Google Mayday Update A Complete Failure Then? =-.

  3. Dave says:

    Yup yup yup Todd… dat be how we roll. We don't even bother with cable TV anymore and grabbed an ol tower, cordless mouse and keyboard and away we go. I recently wrote about the creepyness that are the patents associated with Google TV and don't plan on giving them more data to profile me with via Google TV. I can get all I need from a relative set up to what U've described and it works like a charm. Good to see others doing the same.

  4. gregmuzz says:

    wow google are taking over the Earth, i do actually use some internet TV, Google really know what to go for next.

    Google will land on mars first : )

  5. Nadya says:

    In 2012 approximately half of the smartphones will be running on Android. Google also plan to change the monetization of YouTube and in particular to provide about 20 premium channels (you will have to pay) offer similar services to traditional channels of sports, series, movies etc.. Am I the only one to worry about the enormous growth of what was originally a search engine. Google is developing its tentacles everywhere. Soon the company will impose its law to states. ( My apologies for the english i'm French!)