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Google announces TV/Internet hybrid platform

Google unveiled Google TV on Thursday, a television platform that the company says blends the best of Internet and television and is accessible via Internet-enabled TV sets or a custom digital box.

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AFP - Google on Thursday unveiled a television platform that it touts as blending the best of the Internet and television.

"Google TV is a new platform that we believe will change the future of television," Google group product manager Rishi Chandra said while demonstrating the innovation at a developers conference in San Francisco.

The Google TV technology based on the California Internet giant's Android software "combines the best of what TV has to offer and the best of what the Web has to offer," according to Chandra.

Google TV can be accessed on Internet-enabled television sets or using a custom digital box that routes content to screens.

A wireless computer keyboard and box were used during the on-stage demonstration of Google TV.

"The transition from TV to Web is totally seamless," Chandra said during the demonstration, which featured a few awkward glitches.

"To the user it doesn't matter where I get my content, whether it be live TV, DVR, or the Web. They just want access to it."

Internet search and advertising giant Google is hoping to tap into the billions of television viewers around the world with the new product.

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