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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Logitech Revue Gets A Price Drop

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/05/lo...vue-price-drop/

"Let's face it - Google TV hardware has yet to capture the imagination of the world by storm, so you can expect a fair bit of such inventory left available for the masses by various companies including Logitech."

Amazon has slashed the price of the Logitech Revue by $100.00. Couple this with the fact Google recently announced that an update will be available in the summer for Google TV hardware to bring Honeycomb 3.1 with Android Market at their Google IO conference. It looks like now is a pretty good time to pick up a Revue.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Google Trying to Upset the Big Cable Model

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 AM

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...-revolution.ars

"Behind the scenes at the Federal Communications Commission, a quiet war is being waged over the future of television. It isn't getting as many headlines as net neutrality or the Comcast/NBCU merger, but the debate is nearly as important. It's about how far Google, Sony, and their allies can take their Google TV system."

Typical, the big monopolies are unwilling to adapt to compete with the new technologies that threaten to make them irrelevant. People are quickly realizing that they are paying $100+ for cable bills due to the imposed packages just to get the few channels they want, just to get the few series they want. A small but noticeable group are already realizing that Hulu + Netflix and a little patience will get you most of the same content for a lot less, just a little slower. Google TV could make this even more palatable. Big cable, you days in your current form are numbered.

Tags: cable, google tv

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Gadgeteer Reviews The Logitech Revue

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/02/01...e-tv™-review/

"With cable and satellite companies, we have access to literally hundreds of entertainment channels now. Sometimes that still seems like an insufficient number of choices when you consider the wealth of information and entertainment you can access through the internet. I can watch content on my MacBook Pro, but who wants to watch movies on a 13" screen when I have a 65" LCD TV in my living room? Various media players that connect to your TV and allow you to access Netflix, Hulu, and similar services have been available for a while, but even they have their limitations. Google developed Google TV to open up the worldwide web to your TV."

If you're interested in Google TV and are on the look out for one of the Google TV set top boxes, then this review from The Gadgeteer of the Logitech Revue will help. Even if you aren't and you are just curious about Google TV then this article will also help as it's a nice indepth review of the device going through the set up process and the various features available.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Digital Trends Reviews the Sony Internet TV with Google TV (NSX-46GT1)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/tv-rev...x-46gt1-review/

"If every HDMI cable on earth were suddenly shredded to copper threads and you could never connect another device to your TV again, Sony's Internet TVs would be the ones to own. Simply put, no other connected television packs this much content into one clean, self-contained unit. Though the lack of cables and all-in-one approach eases setup and use, Google TV's rough edges will still make us warn non-geeks away from this otherwise sharp connected TV for the time being, but patient tech enthusiasts will find a bevy of content and possibilities built right in."

There's a lot to like about the Sony Internet TV, but ultimately the Google TV part of the experience leaves a lot to be desired. Google TV is a 1.0 product, and Google is known for rapidly improving products - just look at the constant flurry of Android releases - but from the sounds of it most people would feel a sense of buyer's remorse after investing in Google TV at this stage. Or maybe not? I recall there being a few people that were feeling very pro-Google TV in our forums here before the products it was running on shipped. Anyone bought a Google TV product and want to share your thoughts on it?


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Google TV Is Not Quite Dead Yet

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://gigaom.com/video/5-ways-to-save-google-tv/

"The New York Times reported Sunday that LG, Toshiba and Sharp are postponing the official unveiling of Google TV devices at CES. The trade show was supposed to be a big coming-out party for Google TV, but the company changed its mind at the last minute due to the lackluster reception of devices already running the operating system."

There definitely seems to be more competition for your living room eyeballs, but so far, there does not appear to be a clear winner. Apple TV, Boxee Box, Roku, TiVo, NetFlix and a dozen more companies are all vying for your attention, not to mention cable and satellite TV companies. Each has their own spin and take, and so far, Google TV does not appear to have had much success with its own product. Google has had its share of failures (Wave everybody!) but the living room is an important area to target, despite the rush towards mobile devices and location specific services. A lot of us still enjoy watching TV, or at least, having the TV on while we do stuff online. This is probably why Google will continue to invest more effort into Google TV, and like Android, after a few revisions, it might have something that manufacturers will be proud to display. It is just too an important market to give up.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-Ray Player with Google TV Reviewed By AnAndTech

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4034/...gle-tv-review/1

"Offering unprecedented content aggregation via a consumer oriented federated search experience, the Google TV (GTV) platform is a fascinating product with incredible promise. Subsequent to its launch amidst high expectations, users have slowly come to terms with the capabilities of the software as well as the underlying hardware platform. Without doubt, the Logitech Revue was the flagship product for Google TV at launch. However, many of its users are finding it hard to justify a dedicated device for just the functionality provided by Google TV. A detailed review of the Revue will follow in the coming weeks. However, the unanimous opinion amongst the editors at AnandTech is that Google TV could only be justified as a bundled value add-on for already existing CE devices in a HT setup. Consumers would probably be willing to pay for Google TV on devices such as TVs, Blu-Ray players, media streamers, STBs or even AV receivers."

This was an expected move and one I am not surprised to see Sony do. Having dedicated devices purely for one function is no longer what consumers seem to want, and integrating this with a blu-ray player is the right move I believe. The review by AnAndtech is fairly comprehensive and does hgihlight the good and bad points of Google TV well. It's certainly not the cheapest blu-ray player out there and you would have to decide if having Google TV is worth the extra premium.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TV Networks Block Google TV From Accessing Their Content

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...dist_smartbrief

"ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products. Full-length episodes of shows like NBC's "The Office," CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and ABC's "Modern Family" can't be viewed on Google TV, a service that allows people to access the Internet and search for Web videos on their television screens, as well as to search live TV listings. Logitech International S.A. and Sony Corp. began selling devices running the software this month."

This is a move that really isn't very surprising. The TV networks were never going to allow Google to display any of their content without receiving royalties to display it. I can understand that the TV networks are a business and they have to protect their content, but I do wonder why Google didn't work with the networks in advance to sort this out before releasing the product? I am sure it will all get sorted and the content will become available again, but in the meantime it's the consumer that suffers, and ultimately, Google TV as a product. On the flip side the TV networks need to realise that with Google TV there is the potential for access to a huge market out there and they should be working to establish fair and cost effective means of allowing the public to their shows.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tested.com Looks at the Sony Internet TV with Google TV

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=583r1oE-Z3A

Curious about the new Sony Blu-ray player with Google TV? There's 15 minutes of video goodness here waiting for you.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sony's Google TV Event

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 10:37 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/12/...oogle-tv-event/

The gang over at Engadget attended the Sony Google TV event, and Sony is the first TV OEM to integrate Google's TV platform right into the box. The prices range from $599 (26" TV) to $1399 (46" TV), which is definitely a price premium on the low end - in the 26" TV space, they tend to cost about $350 or so. Sony is betting that people will want to pay a premium for Google TV. They're also offering a $399 Blu-ray player that will have Google TV functionality - though it's unclear as to whether it has the "capture and re-broadcast" approach - I see two HDMI ports on the back of it, presumably HDMI IN/HDMI OUT, so perhaps.

Although this is a long, hard road to go down - asking people to replace their HDTVs to get the new technology is a slow process - ultimately I think it's better than the add-on box route in the long term. Short term, the geeks among us will probably embrace Logitech's Revue box, but long-term, I think direct integration into your TV is the way to go. Agree? Disagree? Sound off.

Tags: tv, sony, hdtv, google tv

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Is Logitech Working On The Ultimate Smart TV Box?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2010/10...v-sneak-attack/

"I was just thinking about the last couples days' news regarding Google TV. We know the Logitech Revue works exclusively, at least for a short period of time, with DISH Network's TV / DVR service. And we also learned that Sony's Google TV-powered HDTVs will have "direct integration with select [TV] service providers" (keywords being direct integration). So, if we try and connect the dots, wouldn't it be likely that Logitech may down the line offer a Logitech Revue model with CableCARD support? If this happened, the Logitech Revue would become the ultimate Smart TV device available when compared to what's currently out or forecasted (actually, I just remembered... Microsoft is flirting with the idea - the technology is there - for supporting CableCARDs with Windows Media Center Embedded). The device would work with any HDTV set via HDMI and would be compatible with all Google TV partner service providers. The more I think about it, the more Logitech and Google should be working on this - if they're not already."

Alexander Grundner over at ehomeupgrade posted the above thought on his site. It's an interesting one that might just have some legs. If you aren't sure what Google TV is then check out this explanation from Gizomodo. Google TV is designed to work alongside your existing satellite/cable box, but by adding CableCard support then Logitech would be able to replace the satellite/cable box. Whether Logitech will go down this route or not remains to be seen, but with the way that the market it going and how manufacturers are starting to integrate all the home media devices together, I would not be surprised if Alexanders idea is correct.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Google TV Shaping Up to be the Real Deal?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5655154/

"If it works as smooth as it looks in this preview video, Google TV could provide the kind of seamless web-on-TV experience many have been looking for. Dedicated apps, a Chrome browser, easy picture and music viewing, and more are shown off. Google TV was announced in May, but the only evidence of how it could work was provided in a simple stage demonstration, and a cartoon-styled video. It seemed like a really web-savvy DVR, perhaps, or maybe a set-top box that had a little more Google juice."

I admit I was more than a little sceptical about Google TV when it was first announced - after all, this is the same company that had Gmail in beta for five years - and working with TV manufacturers is no small mountain to climb. I remain a little dubious about whether or not Google can accomplish this task, but they have the money and resources to potentially make in-roads where the likes of Microsoft have failed. This demo looks pretty slick, but there's a rather large chasm between a pretty software demo and real, working software on a TV that you can purchase at Best Buy made by a big name-brand OEM. This site is also worth a look.


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