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It appears that the Google TV division has been watching SageTV’s media streaming, DVR, and placeshifting technologies for some time and have decided to buy the tech rather than work it all out in-house. Being Java-based SageTV looks to be a comfortable fit with Android. Something tells me this is more than a Set Top Box (STB) play - this could be the ultimate box move perhaps - a central, grand central station box that will do more than offer up video and the web - but also perhaps offer fiber and connect the entire house.
There always will be one box in the house - and something tells me that Google wants to be the one.
From SageTV website:
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: