Google TV gets Sirius XM Radio and “shock jock” Howard Stern
You hear him on the radio, see a more delicate side of him on America’s Got Talent, and now, prepare to get a dose of Howard Stern on your Google TV set-top box. Following in the footsteps of Pandora Media and Slacker Radio, satellite radio provider Sirius XM has inked a deal with Google to make its programming available on Google TV.
The new Sirius XM app on Google TV, which will be officially announced at the Google I/O 2012 conference, will let subscribers listen to the service’s entire catalog of programming, from sports, to heavy metal, to the infamous Howard Stern’s shows. Additional popular shows that subscribers will be able to listen to with the Google TV app include popular programs like the “ESPN SportsCenter” and “Carlin’s Corner”. Users will be able to pause live programs and record up to five hours of content for later playback.
While the company hasn’t mentioned a specific date for the launch of the app, the Sirius XM app for Google TV is expected to be available this summer.
Google is eager to revive its flailing Internet TV platform, especially now that the rumored Apple HDTV is coming closer. Having Sirius XM on board will hopefully help win some customers. The platform is expected to receive a huge update that will be announced at the Google I/O conference, with some speculating that we will see a new version that is based on Android 4.0.