Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • Live stream and live blog of Google I/O, where we're expecting Android TV and a new streaming media player
      • We'll just take note of future-of-TV stuff here. Of course, the keynote should have plenty of other announcements, including a new version of Android, some stuff for smartwatches, etc.
      • People check their Android phones an average of 125 times a day.
      • Google just announced Android TV. Here's the site.
      • "This isn't a new platform. That's kind of the point. We're simply giving TVs the same attention that phones and PCs have traditionally enjoyed."
      • "We designed home to be a super-simple leanback experience."
      • It does content recommendations. Looks like the Google Play store is front-and-center, but other apps can integrate with those recommendations, as well.
      • It takes voice commands like Amazon's Fire TV.
      • It supports games.
      • "Casting"—what Google's existing Chromecast does—will be supported by Android TV, too.
      • Sony is going to run Android TV. Sharp and others, too.
      • "The entire 2015 HD and 4K smart TV ranges from Sony, Sharp, TP Vision, and Philips will run on Android TV."
      • Chromecast is getting some updates. These apply to Android TV, too.
      • Other people will be able to "cast" video to your TV without being on your WiFi network.
      • Chromecast will have a new "ambient experience" called Backdrop to display artwork, Google Streetview, your own photos, or other images. Seems cool.
      • It will now be possible to mirror any Android device to Chromecast or Android TV. This is Google's version of Airplay.
      • That's it for TV updates.
      • Snap judgment: Android TV isn't much of an advance, but it doesn't look bad, and it's a big deal that Sony TV sets will run it. The updates for Chromecast are more interesting, if also not groundbreaking. Eager to see how good Backdrop is.
      • Contrary to the Wall Street Journal's report, Google did not unveil a streaming media player running Android TV. It merely said Razer and Asus are making ones.
  • Wednesday 6.25.14