A Web Browser for Your TV – Kylo
By on June 30th, 2010

[Windows and Mac] I have hooked up my computers to the TV occasionally. It’s pretty cool, but for me, it’s not very handy. My couch is too far from the screen and I can’t read most of the text while surfing. A new web browser called Kylo, promises to solve that problem. The Kylo browser is based on Mozilla code, so it’s using the same engine that Firefox uses. Here’s what the web site says about their browser:

Sit back and get ready for big-screen browsing. Kylo brings your TV and computer together to create the ultimate content experience. Enjoy your favorite online shows, videos, music, games and news. Take your HDTV anywhere on the web.

I tried Kylo briefly last week. At first I was pretty amazed at how well it worked. Here you can see the Kylo home page. (click to expand pictures)

kylo-home-page

Next, I visited Youtube. It works very nicely in full screen mode most of the time. Occasionally the video would freeze, but going back to normal screen usually resumed the video.

kylo-at-youtube

Below, you can see the on-screen keyboard that pops up whenever you click into a text entry box.

kylo-big-keyboard

In the next two screens, I was watching a soccer match. It was almost like watching it on regular TV.

kylo-fifa-live kylo-fifa-full-screen

Rather than go into too much detail, I’ll show you a video on how Kylo works.

Click here if you can’t see the embedded video.

Download the Kylo TV Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

As I mentioned above, full screen video would occasionally freeze up. Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the way Kylo works. If you want to surf on your big screen, Kylo may be a good solution for you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)


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  • http://ileane.wordpress.com Ileane @ Wordpress SEO

    Thanks for the heads up. This might be a good way to preview what’s coming from Google TV. I’ll give it a try.

    • http://news.google.com/news/search?q=clif+sipe Clif

      Thanks for the comment Ileane.

  • http://www.kylo.tv DaveC

    Thanks for the writeup, Clif. Just as a note to your readers, Kylo is available on both Mac and Windows.

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      Nice to see someone from Kylo noticed. I have updated the header and tags to show that it's available in Mac as well.

 
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