YouTube TV To Replace Google TV, Several Brands To Reveal Service At CES

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Several major TV brands are set to launch YouTube TV as a replacement for a Google TV box similar to what Sony is currently selling in Australia.The new service will be launched at CES on Tuesday with Panasonic, LG, Bang & Olufsen and Sony set to be the first TV brands to deliver the service.

Google said that several TV manufacturers will support YouTube on TV without the need for any additional hardware due to the use of embedded chip technology built into the new TV platforms.

The new service will let users pair an Android smartphone or tablet with a television so that content can be streamed to the bigger screen. The handheld device will act as a remote control allowing users to browse for content while another video is playing on the TV users will also be able to queue videos ready for playback.

Several Chinese brands including TCL, Hisense and Chunghong are set to release the service in the second half of 2013.

Google says Phillips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba and Western Digital will also launch the service later in the year.

Google has avoided using the term Google TV which is an indication the original platform is dead.

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