From DIAL to Chromecast: How Netflix and Google want to save TV

Netflix (s NFLX) and Google (s GOOG) have both been trying to save television. And we are not talking about YouTube and Arrested Development for a change, but on the actual TV set – the device that’s in your living room.

Netflix has been talking behind closed doors to TV makers to make their so-called smart TVs less painful to use, Google has worked to replace the on-screen keyboard with voice search and both companies have cooperated to establish an open AirPlay competitor – work that eventually led to Google’s Chromecast device, which launched a little more than a week ago and immediately sold out online and in stores around the country.

This week, we chronicled these efforts to make TVs suck less in a three-part series called Making TVS smart that featured interviews with developers, executives and more. Here’s your chance to catch up in case you missed it: