Google Acquires Sage TV, Google TV Looks Bright Again

Google TV is one of those Google products that could not quite make it yet. The product has been buried for some months now and this seems like a rejuvenation attempt for Google TV.

SageTV Media Center is a proprietary, commercial digital video recording (DVR) software package for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It requires that the host PC have a hardware based TV tuner card.

The best feature of SageTV is its extensive support for media formats and its presence across multiple platforms. However, the store, technology and support links on the website are not following any page suddenly.

This is a disappointment for many who think a mod of XBMC could have done a much better job than SageTV. The Acquisition of a full blown and operational service indicates how serious Google is getting about Google TV now. Expect more news on Google TV very soon.

If you are still not clear about what SageTV is all about, this YouTube video will come to your rescue.

After the acquisition, the SageTV website reads,

We’re thrilled to announce that SageTV has been acquired by Google.

Since 2002, we’ve worked to change the TV viewing experience by building cutting-edge software and technology that allows you to create and control your media center from multiple devices. And as the media landscape continues to evolve, we think it’s time our vision of entertainment management grows as well. By teaming up with Google, we believe our ideas will reach an even larger audience of users worldwide on many different products, platforms and services.

We’ve seen how Google’s developer efforts are designed to stimulate innovation across the web, and as developers have played a core role in the success of SageTV, we think our shared vision for open technology will help us advance the online entertainment experience. We look forward to joining Google, and while we don’t have anything specific to announce at this time, we encourage interested developers to email:
[email protected]

Full speed ahead!

The SageTV Team

The SageTV Forums can be accessed here

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.