There were rumors last week that suggested that Logitech had suspended the production of new Revue set top boxes with Google TV in order to let Mountain View sort out its issue with content partners. Several variants of the rumor spread across the blogosphere with some mentioning that Google had in fact approached Logitech to suspend production.
Now, Ashish Arora, VP and General Manager of Digital Home Group at Logitech has come up with a statement to assure customers that these rumors are false and that production of new Revue units is happening without any issue. He has said,
“Those familiar with our product know that we don’t need to modify the Logitech Revue box to deliver software enhancements. Each of our customers will receive periodic over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release changes to the Google TV platform. Logitech Revue boxes purchased at launch in October, as a holiday gift in December or to follow basketball in the spring, will all be the same and will all benefit from the same software updates.”
Logitech is expected to be present at the Consumer Electronics Show early next month to tell customers more about the future of their partnership with Google.
Google TV has not had it easy over the past few weeks. Recently, Viacom blocked support to full episode streaming which meant users can no longer watch episodes from popular channels like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. As Google stumbles upon one roadblock after another in the internet-connected TV segment, it looks like its partners have decided to drop support till the tide turn back in their favor.
According to reports, Logitech has instructed its manufacturer Gigabyte to halt production of its Revue set-top boxes until January 2011. The reason, it is told, is because of the unimpressive reception that Google TV has received so far in the market. The production can resume once again after January but that is depending on how Google sorts out its issues with content partners. Also, Logitech is learned to be awaiting a massive upgrade of the Google TV software that could make it a lot more appealing.
You can still buy a Revue from the stores as of now. There is still plenty of inventory that retailers can sell to you.
Here is some good news for those of you looking to graduate from hacking smartphones and tablets to hacking television set top boxes. Android hacker Stephen (@Stericson) has revealed that he has been able to uncover the recovery mode of Logitech Revue. In a tweet sent yesterday, Stephen posted a picture of the Google TV device in recovery mode
This in itself does not mean anything significant for regular enthusiasts looking to root their devices. But now that the Revue has been hacked to recovery mode, a comprehensive rooting solution should not be too far away. That would mean much more freedom for those who want it.
You can follow Stephen on his Twitter account here. Meanwhile, we will also let you know when more development happens on this front.
Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season in many countries including the United States and Sony has announced a massive discount on some of its attractive offerings just in time for the season.
Starting now and lasting until November 29, customers looking to buy a 40″ NSX-40GT1 HDTV from Sony can get one at $899.99 that is $100 less than the original price. Also, the 46″ NSX-46GT1 HDTV shall now be available at a price of $1,199.99 that is a huge $200 price-drop.
This is not all. Those of you looking for a NSZ-GT1 Google TV Blu-ray player too will see some nice offers. The player is now available for $299.99; a good 25% price drop from its original price. The price also pits the Google TV Blu ray player against the Logitech Revue that is available at the same price as well.
Let me start with the usual disclaimer that this is a rumor at this stage and so you will need your salt ready. Sony is apparently bringing the Google TV to its gaming console, the PlayStation 3. According to people “close to the project“, this offering could roll out early spring next year.
What this could mean is that Google TV, that Sony already offers over their Blu-ray players could now also be connected with the gaming console to let users stream television content over their PS3. The PlayStation is already compatible with Hulu and Netflix apps and an integration with Google TV could make the PlayStation a full fledged media and entertainment consumption device. Also, since Google TV is integrated with Android apps, an integration would mean PlayStation users can soon begin accessing their favorite apps like Last.Fm, Facebook and Twitter over their PS3 – something that XBox users have been enjoying for a while.
The integration is also seen as a way to counter Microsoft’s recent announcement to bring U-verse streaming to XBox. Anyway, with the partnership between Sony and Google having grown stronger in recent times with the launch of Google TV, this was quite evidently the next step and was always on the cards.
Sony is expected to make an announcement in this regard soon after the holidays in order to keep their sales afloat post the hot shopping season.
As you may have already heard by now, the new Logitech Revue with Google TV support was launched at Best Buy just this week. Now the device already ships with its own physical keyboard remote. Besides, the Logitech Revue is compatible with all of Logitech’s universal remotes released until now. But if you are looking for a more convenient option, you should probably checkout the company’s Remote control app for the Android platform. The app comes with a complete list of options that will let you navigate channels, adjust volume, record content, bring on a virtual keyboard for search, etc. The application is free to download and is so a must-have if you have already purchased the new Logitech Revue.
You can download the Logitech Revue Harmony app by using the QR code below. If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, do note that an iOS app is in the works and shall release soon.
Logitech, along with companies like Sony and Intel was among the companies that Google partnered with in the launch of their Google TV. Now after Sony started selling their new Internet television earlier this week, Logitech too has announced that their new Logitech Revue – complete with Google TV integration – is now available for purchase at Best Buy.
Initial response from the customers looks pretty impressive. The device is already reported to be sold out and current sale of new Logitech Revue units are being backordered. The base unit sells for $299.99. Now if you cannot wait some more time to get hold of these units, then you can go for one of those more expensive offers. The $349.98 unit that includes two HDMI cables and the other $599.96 model that includes cables, camera and a controller. Check these units at Best Buy by clicking here.
Sony Internet TV; the company’s version of Google TV was launched this week and like what we had earlier heard, Best Buy is not holding back for a week before launch. The popular electronics retailer has already put up their stocks of Google TV from Sony for sale. But given the new concept, the product is sure to invite several inquisitive visitors. Best Buy is reported to have been giving away a pretty neat product guide that will give customers a walkthrough of all that is on offer.
Logitech, another Google partner in the making of Google TV too is reported to be getting all set to bring their new Logitech Revue to the Best Buy stores. Just hold on for an official word.
Sony’s Google TV offering is made of four HD TV models along with one Blu-Ray player.
Google has released a new version of YouTube Leanback – a site that the company launched in July of this year to let users “lean back” on the couch to surf through YouTube videos. Now with Google TV all set for release, this new version of Leanback will bring some new tweaks to the service that shall be integrated with Google TV to let users watch videos on their television sets.
One of the primary enhancement is the ability to watch a number of videos that were hitherto unavailable due to licensing issues. This includes a lot of music videos. Also, Leanback now comes with a number of pre-selected channels and playlists that are suitable for television viewing. As you know, some videos; particularly those with lower resolution are not really ideal for television viewing. Perhaps the most important change, from Google’s perspective, is the introduction of new overlay ads. Leanback, that was previously ad-free, will now come with overlay ads similar to the ones that are visible on the normal YouTube videos.
You do not need a Google TV to watch YouTube Leanback. Just hit this link to sit back and surf through the various videos.
Google will be launching its new Google TV this month and according to a recent post on the company’s official blog, the new television platform will stream content from a number of content producers including CNN, HBO, CNBC and Cartoon Network. In addition to this, the new Google TV is also expected to stream movie and television shows from Netflix and Amazon Video-on-Demand.
Now, in a recent revelation, Junien Labrousse, the executive vice president of products at Logitech has noted that the television platform could also come integrated with Hulu video streaming. According to Labrousse, Hulu is at present blocking content access from Google TV and if the company’s negotiations with Hulu are successful, users should be able to watch TV shows from the ad-supported video streaming service when the new platform launches later this month. There have been speculations that Google TV could be hitting the shelves at Best Buy on October 17.