Saturday, February 4, 2012

Google TV 3.2 update enhances HLS video streaming support, Plex update takes advantage

A few days ago, I posted an article about Sony releasing an update for its Google TV boxes, but now Google is updating Google TV all together. Google is now updating the system to Android 3.2, which makes it easier on developers. What does it actually improve though? Improved hooks for developers to access channel listings in their apps, enabled hardware acceleration, and improved support for HTTP Live Streaming. The last improvement is important for users streaming video to their PC's using Plex, since additional HLS tweaks were necessary to allow viewing of files transcoded from otherwise-Google TV unfriendly formats. Also in the Plex update is selection of alternate audio streams, subtitles, more channels and a few other fixes.

Sources: Les Vogel (Google+), Plex

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