Google Inc. is testing a new television-programming search service with Dish Network Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, the latest development in a fast-moving race to combine Internet content with conventional TV.There's also a report on the story in Media Guardian.
The service, which runs on TV set-top boxes containing Google software, allows users to find shows on the satellite-TV service as well as video from Web sites like Google's YouTube, according to these people. It also lets users to personalize a lineup of shows, these people said.
Last month it was reported that the BBC-backed video-on-demand initiative, Project Canvas, would launch within 12 months, but rivals such as Virgin Media continue to oppose the project.
Update (10.03.10): Microsoft will launch its video-on-demand service tomorrow.