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Logitech Revue Google TV now on sale for only $99

Google TV has its own share of missteps including lack of content rights, initial high price, etc. As a result, the sales were abysmal, at least compared with the expectations. It looks like Logitech finally figured it out that at least, if you can’t compete on the features, try slashing the price and starting today, Logitech Revue Google TV will sell for only $99. This price is a far cry from the initial $249, but at least Logitech has now the chance to move some boxes. If you don’t know too much about Google TV, check out our Sony Google TV Review.

The new price is even better considering that soon all Google TV devices will be upgraded to Android Honeycomb and it’ll also get a market. You can have all your apps working on the large screen, including games. Also, Logitech Revue has its own dedicated application to access media from your network shares / USB / DLNA making local content a non issue. Some other interesting features I personally love are the HDMI overlay all Google TV’s are capable of,  the Picture in Picture (PIP) capability over a live TV show and the full screen browser.

The new price is not yet updated with Logitech main site still showing $249 but  the change is expected soon. Based on Logitech’s recent press release, the change was prompted specifically by the weak sales in the Digital Home category. Yeah, we know, Roku 2 / Apple TV / Boxee Box and WD TV Live all much cheaper than the $249 Revue surely had something to do with Logitech’s crappy sales.

“While Logitech is making progress in improving operations in the Company’s EMEA sales region, the Q1 performance reflects sustained weakness in the region. The Company also experienced minimal sales growth in its Americas region, primarily due to very weak sales in the Digital Home category. Logitech’s loss in Q1 was compounded by the significant impact of the decision to reduce the price of Logitech Revue from $249 to $99 during Q2. The action was taken with the goal of accelerating adoption of the Google TV platform by removing price as a barrier to broad consumer acceptance.”


Logitech Harmony Adapter for PS3 Review

Sometimes, those little things just make life a little bit better and Logitech Harmony Adapter for PS3 is one of them (albeit quite expensive). As you know, for some yet unexplained reason, Sony decided to manufacture a Bluetooth PS3 remote control instead of an infrared one (and of course they conveniently build the PS3 itself without a IR sensor). This left a certain category of users in the dust, the ones that like to have everything at a touch of a button (and one remote), myself included.

At the beginning, when PS3 wasn’t yet the multimedia workhorse it is now, I was content to control it via the original remote or just using one of the controllers. However, with the Read More…

Dish Network – Google TV marriage gets official – no VIP922 love

As Dish Network a subscriber, I just received an e-mail from them to inform me that Google TV with DISH Network is available and that, as a subscriber I qualify for a special price of $179. The current MSRP for the Logitech Revue Google TV box is $299 so there is quite a savings. Unfortunately the discount is not available for Sony Google TV products.

The deep integration between Google TV and Dish Network should make available for search all your recorded shows as well as the shows listed in the electronic Guide. Unfortunately, during  my recent tests, the only Dish Network receivers compatible with a Google TV unit ares ViP 622, ViP 722 and ViP 722k. As I have the more advanced VIP 922 (full review here), I am out of luck for now.

Check Dish Network’s full press release and a video clip demo-ing the Dish network – Logitech Revue Google TV integration. Read More…

RIP Philips Pronto – the high-end remotes line is discontinued

To be honest, here at Review Horizon, we are avid fans of Logitech Harmony remotes and we never cared that much for the Philips Pronto remotes (even more overpriced than the Logitech ones), however, Pronto remotes certainly have their own followers, especially in the high-end area.
As a high-end product, you need to be smart in the way you sell it and unfortunately that didn’t happen with Philips. As a result, they searched for several years for a buyer with more marketing skills that could get some profit out of the Pronto line. Unfortunately, we are still in recession and high-end products don’t sell that well. Failing to find a buyer for the line, Philips decided to discontinue it leaving the field completely open to Logitech. Here is Philips official word:

“In December 2009, Philips announced the intention to relocate some of its existing remote control activities in Leuven, Belgium to Asia. At the same time, the intention was communicated to investigate alternative strategic options for the Pronto business, as this activity no longer fits with the Philips strategy. Following thorough research, no suitable partner was found for the acquisition of these activities. As such, Philips confirms today that it will discontinue the Pronto product line and related activities.”

Google TV launches today via Logitech Revue

Today is a very important day that might define the future of television. We already announced the new Google TV Website but today we get to see the first devices supporting Google TV  a standalone box called Logitech Revue that will connect between your existing set top box and your TV and display its data as an overlay over the existing TV image enabling real time searches while you watch a TV Show. The Logitech Revue boxes will run a new Android OS optimized for large screens and, more important, starting early next year it will also support applications from Android Marketplace. The initial price will be considerably higher than Apple TV ($300 vs $100) it will offer more content and also Adobe Flash 10.1. This way we can expect a lot more applications (and games) in the following months and put the final nail in the Yahoo! TV Widgets coffin which never took off (We had foreseen that 😉 )

Google TV will come pre-loaded with apps like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and many other so in terms of pure content it beats most media streamers boxes available on the market. Apps to remote-control the box will be available on iOS and Android OS devices. Most important for some, it includes a DLNA client and attached hard drives (and it can search there as well) and supports MKV files. No HULU yet (they are blocking the box) but Google and HULU are in discussion, so we might see some agreements soon.

Google TV Logitech Revue Highlights:

  • Dish Network’s subscribers will get a much better price at $179 which is well worth it since the box will have deep integration with Dish Network Guide and DVR boxes – can search the recordings from your DVR for example
  • Logitech Revue also uses Logitech’s universal remote control technology to manage various components in your entertainment system send IR signals
  • really neat RF Keyboard
  • HD camera for video conference (Die overpriced Cisco umi, die!) capable of 720p. You will need to buy a separate camera as it won’t come in the box and it uses Logitech’s Vid HD Service. Skype (and others0 computability can presumably come via 3rd party apps later through the Android marketplace. Neat!!! The camera has autofocus Carl Zeiss lens and microphones adapted to be used in the living room
  • You can use existing Harmony remotes for the box as well (that goes without saying)
  • a new Logitech Mini Controller, (customized from a DiNovo Mini). I wonder if I can use mine as  my Dinovo Mini or we need to buy a new one…
  • Voice search via your smart phone
  • launch day apps include CNBC, Photo Gallery, Chrome, HD camera, Napster, NBA Game Time, Netflix,  Pandora, Podcast
  • Netflix interface is rather old, it just displays the queue, no categories. Uhhhhh 🙁
  • Logitech Media Player – DLNA client – and indexes DLNA feeds and locally connected drives, and it also supports MKV files!!!
  • The Revue box costs  $299 ($179 via Dish Network) including keyboard
  • Keyboard by itself costs $99
  • DiNovo style mini keyboard costs $129
  • HD TV camera costs $149 (everything pretty steep but that’s Logitech prices for you). All in all, cheaper than Cisco’s solution and no monthly fee.
  • Available for pre-order at Amazon sometime today, will ship by end of October

Logitech Revue supported media formats and audio/video codecs:

  • Music: AAC (.aac), FLAC (.flac), MP3 (.mp3), OGG (.ogg),WMA (.wma)
  • Photos: JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), BMP (.bmp) PNG (.png), TIFF (.tiff)
  • Videos: WMV (VC-1) (.asf .wma .wmv), WMV (VC-1) + WMA (.asf .wma .wmv), WMV + WMA (.avi), Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.avi),
    Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.mp4), Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.mt2s .mt2), Xvid (MPEG4part2) + AAC (.avi), Xvid (MPEG4part2) + MP3 (.avi)

Check photo gallery after the break.

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Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p Media Player/Streamer Review

1. Introduction

I am using a Windows Media Center HTPC in living-room, where my main home theater system resides, but I wanted to be able to access Netflix/home network content in the bedroom as well, and, due to obvious reasons a full featured PC didn’t quite cut it (noise, form factor, etc). I just wanted something simple, low power and fast to boot, something that my wife will also enjoy. I was familiar with Western Digital’s line of media streamers, but they only supported Netflix via DLNA, when combined with something like PlayOn. Not user friendly enough. Then, the big day has come and WD released their WD TV Live Plus media streamer finally including  Netflix. (Netflix is now what mp3 used to be a while ago, a must have for everything that connects to the TV – Blu-ray players, media streamers, etc) Read More…

Deal of the Day – Logitech diNovo Mini Wireless Keyboard $84 and free shipping

One of the best HTPC keyboards, the Logitech diNovo Mini Wireless Keyboard is now on sale at DELL for $84 with free shipping. Listed at $120, apply the coupon code HHM4QNZ3303N1Z during checkout and the price drops to $84. It uses Bluetooth to connect up to 30ft. I got it myself, so expect a full review soon. (deal expires 6/9/2010)