Google has just announced the Google Media Server. It’s basically a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV.
It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google Desktop Search to locate media files. All you need is a desktop pc/laptop running Google Desktop and a UPnP-enabled device like a PlayStation 3 or an XBox 360.
At the touch of a button, you can then:
- access videos, music, and photos stored on your PC
- view Picasa Web Albums
- play your favorite YouTube videos
Is this something that might compete with maybe the SlingBox or the Apple TV?
You can download a copy of it here.