Google testing Internet-based TV set-top with Dish

Google continues to test the boundaries of combining its powerful search engine, the Internet and conventional television. Recently Google took a small step in the direction of blending its Internet strengths with TV by adding its Android operating system to Dish Network's satellite TV service and making the combined offering available via a specialized set-top box.

It was a small experiment, to be sure, but one with promise as it blended the Internet with TV and lets viewers search satellite programming or websites side by side on their TV programming guides.

Because the Google-loaded set-top boxes work with Android, applications designed for the popular Google Android phones would be available on the TV if the right deals are cut with television and application providers. So far only Dish has lined up to try--that anyone knows of--but it's very early in the game and cable is always thrashing about for a better programming guide.

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