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The company has introduced a new feature to its Google Desktop program that can help get content from the Internet onto televisions. It is called the Google Media Server, and it’s a bit of software meant to run all the time on your home computer. It can send video, audio and photos to any other device on your home network that uses a standard called called Universal Plug and Play — most significantly, Sony’s PlayStation 3 game console. It also works with some televisions made by Hewlett-Packard and a handful of other geeky devices.
There is other media server software out there, but Google adds two tricks: it can also pass video from YouTube and photos stored on Picasa Web Albums from the Internet to the television. (Both services are owned by Google.)