The Logitech Revue companion box features Google TV.
The Logitech Revue is the first set-top box with Google TV on board. An earlier rumor suggested that the Logitech Revue will go on sale today, but that does not seem to happen. Logitech has said to announce the release in Fall. Digitimes reports today that the sources in the supply chain say that Logitech plans to sell 500,000 Revue Google TV boxes in 2010. Overall Google TV based devices are supposed to sell over one million units this year.
I am not sure if this is going to happen. The Logitech Revue is supposed to have a $300 price-tag. The new Apple TV only costs a third. Apparently Dish Networks subscribers get a subsidized deal, but still the price is way to high and there is no DVR inside that rectifies the high cost.
About the Logitech Revue Box:
Google TV is based on the Android platform and runs the Google Chrome web browser. Users can access all of their usual TV channels as well as a world of Internet and cloud-based information and applications, including rich Adobe® Flash based content – all from the comfort of their own living room and with the same simplicity as browsing the web.Google TV expands video choice from the hundreds of channels available today through a pay TV provider to the vast storehouse of video content available through the web and streaming videos. The Google TV experience is complemented by the ability to watch streaming video from leading content platforms, including Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and YouTube. Google TV will also have the capability to run apps from the Android Market.
To navigate the array of content that will now be available through a single device and on a single screen, Google TV introduces an integrated search experience to help viewers easily find relevant content across over-the-air and pay-TV channel listings, DVR, and the Internet, as well as a picture-in-picture layout to access multiple windows simultaneously. Google TV also features an innovative home screen to help viewers quickly organize their favorite content and personalize their TV viewing experience.
The Logitech Review Google TV companion box will incorporate Logitech’s Harmony remote control technology, and will include a controller that combines keyboard and remote control capabilities. The Revue runs on the Intel Atom processor CE4100 system-on-a-chip. Logitech also has plans to introduce an HDTV camera and video chat for Google TV, along with additional choices for navigation and control, including apps to turn a smart phone into an advanced controller for Google TV and home-entertainment systems.
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