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.

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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.

Q: What is Logitech Harmony Link?Logitech Revue With Google TV Priced and Dated, Dish Network Offers Deal? logitech revue google tv 300x154

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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    I was initially sceptical that the keyboard would be anything but a disaster for controlling my STB, TV, and the Revue, but it's actually what I like most about the device. Once you get used to it, it's powerful, a lot quicker than using numerous remotes, and text entry is obviously very easy. The integrated track pad is also perfectly fine for what it does. It's actually so good that I wanted to hook it up to my home theater PC, but I think it uses some non-Bluetooth radio interface. That's fine, and not a shortcoming of the Revue. You have to hook up an IR blaster to control your various devices, which feels a bit hacky and inelegant to me, but it does work, so I don't mind.


    Trillium, noticed what you were asking about a work around and there is not a work around. For the 2 way communication to work it has to be hooked up with HDMI cables. I have got to play around with here working for DISH, and it is amazing. If you were thinking about getting a new TV I would also get the Logitech Revue to go with it.

  • Christian Logay

    I'm hoping that in addition to Droid having the app on their phones, maybe they will break us Blackberry users off a little love and give us the app as well. Figure Iphone will have it, Droid most def will have it, blackberry might as well have it to. Even so, if BB doesnt get it, I will still have this on my TV.

    Question for the masses: Is this going to be better than TIVO?

  • Khaled Mourad

    My Favorites are Fully Browsing/Gaming/Social networking/Media Streaming the Net without a PC from Coach or Bed, HD Video Calling TV-TV TV-PC with Logitech new HD Webcam and Apps on Big HD TV with Picture in Picture viewing so watch a movie and communicate thro Twitter in a Smaller screen

  • Trillium

    I just called Dish and the deal is if you have a dish account they will be offering the Revue for 199.00.
    I think 299.00 is a real push this xmas season for the revue. 199.00 is more like the reality but 99.99 would have been sweet.

    Also I was hoping to junk my Roku with the rca connectors with this Google TV but if there is only hdmi connection then I am not able to use this so called transitional technology. For me it is a completely new technology. Is there a work around with this new box for older tvs?

    I am not about to buy new lcd because I don't see the value there yet. Overpriced, poor reliability, pixiling even at 240Hz, stuck pixils, shinning screens, doesn't ship well, poor manufacturing customer service, not enough repair facilities, overpriced repairs means you might as well buy new tv, shorter life span that deteriorates from day one, can't watch any thing like sports without pixiling, stuck pixils, some just give up at 18 months, only one year warranty on 2k high end household item, Costco only stocks very few and no other retailer extends warranty another year, wireless and cat5 connections only send you to their channels and everyone wants to be a cable co, can't watch them from any angle and the list goes on and on. To me the lcds are transitional and have not really made it to the finish line yet. Yeah there are some that don't have all the issues but not one is without some of them. I am surprised that they haven't been taken to the cleaners about the price fixing and the content limiting to all these new lcds. I can wait longer but can their stock holders?