Logitech To Create First Google TV Set-Top Box In Fall 2010

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News Posted: Sun, May 23 2010 11:47 AM
Google managed to score quite a few big partners with their Google TV launch, with Intel and Sony being two key partners in moving the technology forward into the mainstream. But for those who don't want to purchase any entirely new television this fall with a CE4100 processor and the Google TV app onboard, they'll need a set-top box to connect to their existing setup. For that, there's Logitech.


This whole situation feels a little bit like when Microsoft first launched "Extenders for Windows Media Center" at CEDIA a few years ago, but those boxes eventually failed and are pretty much relics today. Google's hoping to have a lot more success with their own STB, with Logitech selected to be the first out of the gate. The details on the box have yet to be fully revealed, but it's pretty clear what it will do. You'll connect the box to your existing HDTV, and then the Google TV platform will come to life via the internal hardware within the sleek, small black shell.




Coupled with a Logitech Harmony remote, the total hardware solution could be compelling...

No price points were discussed either, but consumers were told that it will be compatible with existing Logitech Harmony remotes and it will ship with a few accessories, too. A compact keyboard, remote control and touch pad, to be specific. Logitech will also be responsible for a few more Google TV-related accessories, including an "an HDTV camera for video conferencing, and specialized apps that allow you to turn your smartphone into a Google TV controller." Expect the box to launch alongside the service this Fall.
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ceetoot replied on Sun, May 23 2010 11:51 PM

Yeah buddy thats what I am talking about.

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Xylem replied on Sun, May 23 2010 11:57 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Dude, why are you advertising ur company?

 

The Combo with the remote is really a good option. I am already sick and tired of using too many RCs. Though like documented, it should not become a relic like the WMC Extenders. But I think, Google had the potential to pull this one off.

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EBerger replied on Mon, May 24 2010 1:00 AM

"A relic like wmc extenders"??? WTF xbox 360 is extremely popular and wildly successful when compared to other offerings (apple tv anyone, didn't think so). I am all for the google box if it comes with a new halo game (ohh it doesn't, that sucks). Throw in the Logitec touchscreen remote and I won't pay a dollar over the cost of the remote on it's own.

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dvduval replied on Mon, May 24 2010 1:36 AM

This is something I have long waited for. I have already been hooking up my laptop to my HDTV with an HDMI cable, but this is a little awkward, and there really is so much available now. I'm wondering if there will be any features to allow you to download torrents or other files. If it is built on Chrome, I'm betting the open architecture will make that possible by google or a 3rd party developer.

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Webbrr replied on Mon, May 31 2010 10:56 AM

This is the end of XBox. That is a great thing, now smaller companies and innovators can develop different types of streaming content to try out. No more chokeholds from Redmond. Gee, its like the clouds parted and the sun came out.

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Hey great article, to the no price point. I can tell you since I work at DISH that it is being sold for $179.00 from DISH, which is a savings of $120.00.

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