Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"?

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

September 22, 2005

1 Min Read

Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"?

If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD.

Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership on product vision and execution of projects that enable using Google's search and advertising technologies to enhance users’ Television viewing experience."

Google of course is first and foremost an advertising company, inasmuch as that sort of definition means anything these days. Television meanwhile is a much beloved advertising medium that offers very poor metrics -- Nielsen ratings, gathered by user diaries, aren't exactly the most accurate figures. Just imagine how useful it would be to advertisers to have a TV that reported what users were watching and buying as a result of ads.

There are probably many other Internet/TV convergence scenarios being considered as well.

GoogleTV will run very well on Google's fiber optic network, in conjunction with Google's telephony service. And why not throw in Google WiFi too, for maximum coverage.

Such grand ambitions beg the question: which industries five years hence will be Google-free?

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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