Engadget got wind of the Logitech Revue release and states that it's set to hit on September 29th for $299. That's a lot of two's and nine's. They are also stating that DISH Network is dropping a big price break on its users. If you remember, I stated in my Google TV vs. Apple TV article that Google and the DISH Network had worked rather closely to make a unique experience and I also reported that the Intel CEO had let the cat out of the bag. Obviously, he was right.
The meaning of Revue is a type of multi-act theatrical entertainment that combined music, dance and sketches – wildly popular between 1910 and 1930. Logitech Revue is a companion box and controller that brings the experience of Google TV to your TV screen. It combines everything on the Web, cable or satellite content, apps, video calling.
Engadget even have some nifty photos thanks to some crafty and TV time-shifting individual (see the play bar at the bottom of the image). We already knew what the box itself would look like as Logitech has had it up on its site since June. However, a major gripe many had with Google TV was "there had better be a keyboard." Well, considering they were using one at the Google I/O conference, it's no surprise that there is. So I lifted this one photo from Engadget, I'm sure they won't mind. Click that link above to see the whole gallery (as in show them some love for supplying the info).
He or she also snapped a photo of the price. $299 for the Logitech Revue or $179 for DISH Network subscribers (plus a $4 DVR charge).
The box is reported to connect via HDMI and have duo HD DVR channels and connects to the Internet either by Ethernet or Wi-Fi. According to one of the images on Engadget, there's at least two USB ports and a SPDIF port.
I also thought I would pull in some other info from the Logitech Revue site:
Q: I've heard of/seen a smartphone app that can control the companion box. How can a smartphone control my TV, set-top box and AV receiver?
A: The companion box from Logitech has Logitech Harmony Link, our IR signal translator, inside the box.
The Logitech Harmony smartphone app sends signals to the internal Harmony Link which in turn communicates with your entertainment devices.
A: Harmony Link is a combination of hardware and software, currently built into every Harmony remote, which translates commands (such as a Volume Up button press) into infrared (IR) signals that can control many entertainment devices.
Our Google TV companion box will be the first product other than our advanced remotes to contain this technology.
Q: What will the Logitech Harmony smartphone app let me do?
A: There will be two versions of the app at launch: one for Android smartphones and one for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The iPhone app will run on iPad devices as well; a version of the app optimized for the larger iPad screen is planned for a later software update.
You must have the companion box from Logitech for the app to actually control your home entertainment devices.
It sure looks slick and I would definitely like to get my hands on it and a new Apple TV unit and do some side-by-side comparisons. I mean, whatever will you all flame me for if I don't, right? Now there's no official confirmation of the price, the a release date or the DISH deal, yet. But isn't it exciting nonetheless? Hey look, I found a hands on impression piece on the Logitech Revue as well. Worst unboxing photo ever heh.
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