46 Comments

Summary:

Google TV will come with Netflix, Amazon VOD and Pandora. Apple TV on the other hand has Netflix, but instead of Amazon just iTunes, plus Flickr for your photos. Roku has MLB.tv, and Boxee hearts Last.fm. Still confused? Then check out our handy comparison chart.

googletv apps

Google officially introduced its Google TV to the general public today, launching its Google TV website and revealing a little more about apps and content available on the Google TV devices that will go on sale by the end of this month.

The company has struck a number of alliances with cable networks like TNT as well as online services like Twitter and Pandora to make Google TV more attractive and beat the competition from Apple, Roku and Boxee. But with all those choices, it’s easy to get confused by which content is available on which device — so we decided to come up with a handy scorecard that shows you exactly which apps will be available where.

Google TV Apple TV Roku Boxee Box
Netflix X X X Not officially confirmed
Amazon VOD X X
iTunes Store X
Hulu Plus X
YouTube X X X
MLB.tv X X
NBA Game Time X - X
Blip.tv X X X
VEVO X
Pandora X X X
Napster X
Last.fm X
Twitter X Third party app
Flickr X X X

Please note: Both Google TV and Boxee come with integrated browsers, and it might be possible to access some of the content or services listed as not available through this browser. Also, Netflix is currently available via the Boxee PC app, and a company spokesperson told me that they’re aiming to have everything currently available through that application also available on the box.

Finally, this is just a list of apps available today, which will substantially change when Google will introduce Android market access for Google TV, as well as Apple launches apps for Apple TV.

Related content on GigaOm Pro (subscription required):

You're subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

Related stories

  1. Julie Herrick Monday, October 4, 2010

    If you replaced the “Yes” and “No” words in that chart with checkmarks or “X”s for Yes”, and blank space for “No”, it would make the chart much easier to comprehend at a glance. Just a tip.

    Share
    1. You’re completely right, changed it. Thanks for the tip!

      Share
  2. Roku does have both a YouTube and Last.fm channel.

    Share
  3. Manpreet Singh Monday, October 4, 2010

    I’ve been watching youtube on Roku. I followed something like this:
    http://technologizer.com/2010/06/27/roku-youtube/

    Share
  4. GoogleTV Lover Monday, October 4, 2010

    People tend to Forget, Logitech is the new Power in Video Communication Space with the Introduction of it’s new HD Webcams, New Apps, and the buying of several companies including the LifeSize the professionals in Biz Video Conferencing

    http://blog.logitech.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Logitech-GTVEcosystem.jpg

    Share
  5. Apple TV has Pandora. At least it did in the Emeryville store yesterday.

    Share
  6. If you factor in AirPlay and an iPad or iPod or iPhone, Apple TV does a lot more. Pandora for example is easy.

    Share
  7. [...] up Google TV’s advantages over Apple TV in a big way, and that can be summed up in one word: apps. It’s the second word of Google’s brief introduction that greets you when you first [...]

    Share
  8. A lot of blip.tv content is available on the AppleTV because blip automatically creates and iTunes podcast feed. So the content isn’t under the blip brand but it’s there, in iTunes.

    Consumers are never going to figure all this out. It needs to be simplified and that’s going to take some time.

    Share
  9. [...] up Google TV’s advantages over Apple TV in a big way, and that can be summed up in one word: apps. It’s the second word of Google’s brief introduction that greets you when you first [...]

    Share
  10. ah! the article i was looking for ! thx janko

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post