Originally Posted by wmcbrine
Could you elaborate on this?
The TiVo HDMI output is connected to the Google TV HDMI input, Google TV has an overlay when playing TiVo through Google with information from Google TV. During setup the Google TV is informed of what TV source is used and the channel lineup and it obtains guide data information from the internet. When using Google TV and decide to check what is on TV, you can hit the guide and the channel lineup with programming information is available. The Google TV will include information about internet TV and whatever TV source is being passed through the HDMI input. There is also a free app in Google Play market called Buddy TV which provides a program guide with information about what's on TV. It looks like it might be pretty cool.
The most useful thing to me in this regard is to use it with an unsubscribed TiVo, the Google TV will provide guide information and of course nothing is available on the unsubscribed TiVo itself. Load the Google TV guide by hitting guide on the Google TV control and sellect a program, the Google TV will change the TiVo channel, switch the HDMI output from Google TV to TiVo and now you can watch the selected TiVo channel. I have a Google TV box for each of three TiVoHDs in my household, one of the three is unsubscribed. Google TV is desinged to supplement a TV service, cable, satellite or OTA. Dish Network actually has additional features when Google TV is used with some Dish Network receivers. I don't use a pay service, only OTA and Google TV is part of my solution to avoid a pay TV service.
Here are most of the streaming sources I use Google TV with. Hit the lower right link to advance to the next page, I think there are about 9 pages of links in total
I also use PlayOn with a broken screen laptop accessible by Google TV as client so the PC can access streaming sites only availabe to a PC, meaning that block Google TV such as Hulu and most of the major networks. Google TV is clunky to use, it isn't pretty and requires effort and knowing how to deal with it. In my opinion, after having looked for a streaming box to help with my cord cutting, there isn't a close second to Google TV for the things I wanted.