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.