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Logitech Revue Will Be First Google TV Device

Looks as though Logitech will be first out the door with a Google TV device, as reports are indicating that Logitech's Revue set-top box will hit the market on September 29 for a meaty MSRP of $299. The device will also be available to DISH Network subscribers for a discounted price of $179--the discount only applies to one unit per household.

According to earlier hands-on reports, the Logitech Revue features HDMI in and out ports, two USB ports, Ethernet, and SPDIF. The device will also come packed with a separate, full QWERTY keyboard (with trackpad), however it supposedly works with any Harmony remote or Android device. The installation was said to consist of a 12-step process that includes acquiring the user's Google account information and details on the cable box, TV, physical location and more.

As expected, Google TV will bring Internet content to consumers without the need for a PC including YouTube, Yahoo Video, Ustream, VEVO, Facebook and more. Google TV will also categorize every available TV show, listing each by genre (cartoon, horror, sci-fi, etc). "With one simple click, you can tell it to go find them," reported one beta tester. "It will list them, what channel they are on, the remaining time, and if you highlight one, an in-depth description pulls up on the side of the screen."

Google TV--powered by the Android OS and Google's Chrome web browser-- is an open platform for TV-related devices that "brings together the best of TV and the best of the web."

  • tsnorquist
    I'll have to see it in person for my own judgment, but $299.00 sounds a bit steep for something like this.

    I do hope it comes with a Wireless G/N card installed. Not everyone has CAT5 running to the living room.
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  • NeeKo
    Google Wins.
    Flawless Victory!
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  • mchuf
    The device will also be available to DISH Network subscribers for a discounted price of $179--the discount only applies to one unit per household.

    I thought I read that a Dish dvr would work as a Google TV box? Now they're going to try to sell me another device? No thanks, I'll just keep using my Roku box and HTPC for internet TV on my sets.
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  • hellwig
    however it supposedly works with any Harmony remote or Android device
    So I'll be able to control the Revue with my wife's Nook? Um... cool I guess. However, I don't think you really mean that.

    Still, I don't think the Revue does much with real TV. Sure, it can download listings off the Internet and tell my cable box what channel to tune to, but my cable box and DVR still do the heavy lifting. If this thing was Cable-card capable, I could skip the cable box entirely. Wasn't that the whole point of that Cable-card fiasco? This device is about halfway there. When I can do without the cable companies box for digital cable, you let me know.
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  • awood28211
    Umm. WebTV anyone?
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  • sliem
    I don't see anything cool that an HTPC can already do.
    ps: anyone who spams ads --> go to hell
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  • warezme
    Even at $179 it is to high, IMO, many existing media boxes already do much of the same for around $100.
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  • jeraldjunkmail
    warezmeEven at $179 it is to high, IMO, many existing media boxes already do much of the same for around $100.
    YeaH BUT CAN IT RUN.....


    Android?
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  • jeraldjunkmail
    As an aside, the plan for the Chrome OS comes more and more clear. Android is for anything that is NOT a PC, and Chrome OS is for anything that IS a pc. "Chrome is for netbooks" my ass. Direct competitor to Microsoft.
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  • benzaza
    My question is the following: do we know or can we speculate if we can plug in an external HD to play movies,listen to music on the TV via to the Logitech Box ?

    that would definitevelt eliminate having a PC connected to the TV.
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