Google is set to launch its much-anticipated TV service in the US over the next few weeks, while UK viewers will have to wait until next year.
The service will let viewers in the US search and view content from TV providers, the Internet, mobile apps and their own personal content library via their TV sets.
Google TV will initially be incorporated into television sets and Blu-ray players manufactured by Sony.
Announcing its launch, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told delegates at the IFA technology show in Berlin that Google TV would go live in the US this autumn, and would launch worldwide next year.
Google TV, which was unveiled at the company’s annual I/O developer conference in May, aims to integrate content from the interent with traditional broadcast television.
Schmidt confirmed that the service, which will enable users to access the web through their TV set, would be free, and would rely on shows produced by groups such as TV studios and production companies.