Netflix and Google want to save TV

From DIAL to Chromecast: How Netflix and Google want to save TV

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Summary:

Chromecast was just the beginning: Google and Netflix have both been working on making smart TVs better, and we’ve chronicled their work and the problems it is meant to address in a series of long-form stories.

Netflix and Google have both been trying to save television. And we are not talking about YouTube and Arrested Development for a change, but on the actual TV set – the device that’s in your living room.

Netflix has been talking behind closed doors to TV makers to make their so-called smart TVs less painful to use, Google has worked to replace the on-screen keyboard with voice search and both companies have cooperated to establish an open AirPlay competitor – work that eventually led to Google’s Chromecast device, which launched a little more than a week ago and immediately sold out online and in stores around the country.

This week, we chronicled these efforts to make TVs suck less in a three-part series called Making TVS smart that featured interviews with developers, executives and more. Here’s your chance to catch up in case you missed it:

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