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March 04, 2013

Google TV Extends Push-to-TV to iPhone, iPad

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

Google is extending a share-to-TV capability for YouTube, previously exclusive to Android (News - Alert) devices, to Apple iOS gadgets. The sleeping-with-the-enemy move means that users can now push YouTube content from those devices to the big screen on-demand.

The functionality requires a Google TV-embedded set-top box or TV set.

“Have an iPhone (News - Alert) or iPad and a Google TV? You can now play and control videos from your YouTube app for iOS on your TV, like a remote control for YouTube,” the company said in a blog. “Anyone on the same Wi-Fi can join in to control the video or add videos to a playlist (Harlem Shake marathon anyone?).”

The company added, “This automatic pairing feature is also available on the YouTube (News - Alert) app for Android, and it’s coming to more TVs this year from LG, Sony, Panasonic and others.”

Users can essentially use their mobile device to browse YouTube content, and, if they choose, use their smartphone or tablet to share the video on the TV.  

It’s a very similar technology to Apple AirPlay (News - Alert), which allows users to port content between Apple TV and iOS devices—including through the YouTube app. Google introduced the feature for Android and its Google (News - Alert) TV devices last November.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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