HP has become the latest company to bring YouTube into the living room.
Owners of HP’s line of Internet-connected MediaSmart High Definition TVs, and the yet-to-be-released MediaSmart Connect set-top box, will soon be able to enjoy content from the Google-owned video sharing site “full screen” on their HDTVs, as well as log-in to their YouTube account via remote to share videos and playlists with other users.
From the press release:
“With the addition of YouTube to the HP MediaSmart platform, consumers will have even more ways to enjoy the latest entertainment on the Internet,” said Carlos Montalvo, vice president of marketing and services, Connected Entertainment Business, HP. “Bringing YouTube to HP MediaSmart products will let users browse and select a series of videos, then relax and enjoy the show on their big screens.”
YouTube joins a number of Web services already supported by HP’s MediaSmart products, including the movie download store CinemaNow, photo publishing site Snapfish, and Internet radio provider Live365. Additionally, the MediaSmart range of devices can also operate as an “Extender for Media Center” to enable media to be streamed from a PC to the television.
HP joins a number of companies offering a way to watch YouTube content on a TV, including Apple (AppleTV), TiVo, and D-Link (Active TV). And at this year’s CES, Panasonic announced a partnership with Google to develop TVs that pull in content from a number of Google services including YouTube. There is of course also the Ninendo Wii game console, with its support for Flash Video.