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.
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.
The much famed Google TV could be coming soon. According to a report published on Bloomberg, Sony is expected to make an announcement regarding the anticipated Google TV at a conference sponsored by Google on the 19th or 20th of next month.
The new range of televisions will sport Intel Atom chips customized to run with a new version of Android OS called DragonPoint. The result would be televisions and Blu-Ray DVD players with internet access. Logitech is also expected to play a part in this partnership by developing a keyboard that could work as a remote control.
Earlier this month, we had reported that Google is working with Dish TV to bring a TV Listing search service that could be based on the Android operating system. Now, it appears that there is more to the story.
Acording to a story published on the New York Times, Google is working on developing an Atom powered set-top box that will could introduce us to a “Google TV” platform. According to the sources, Google may be opening the platform for third party developers to bring add-on plugins, much in the same way as third party apps are available on the Android marketplace.
Intel is assumed to be powering the devices while Sony is set to be developing the set top boxes. The report claims Logitech to be working on a compatible remote control for the platform.
None of the companies confirmed the report.
[via The NY Times