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Logitech: We are out of Revue units

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Jan 2012 12:56 User comments (4)

Logitech: We are out of Revue units Following the company's quarterly earnings report, it was revealed that Logitech has finally sold out of the Revue set-top box, the failed Google TV experiment that caused the previous CEO to be fired.
Logitech has also taken its name of the Google TV supporter list, but says there is a chance they can return in the future.

The company took a massive loss on the boxes, being forced to drop the price from $299 to $99 after just a few months on the market. CEO Guerrino de Luca admitted the company was far too bullish on the technology when it launched the box, overinvesting at a time when it was still unclear whether the technology would be widely embraced.

Google TV allows users to stream videos and access sites and apps via their TVs using a set-top box and impressive keyboard. Media companies have mostly blocked access to their streaming sites via Google TV, however, making the service useless in its current form.

Logitech took a $90 million loss on its Google TV expenditure and its attempt to revamp European retail operations in the quarter before this one.

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4 user comments

126.1.2012 13:01

Quote:
Media companies have mostly blocked access to their streaming sites via Google TV, however, making the service useless in its current form.

This is far from true... the "service" is quite useful. It's just not available on all sites. But certainly the majority of sites are available.
Hulu Plus (An abysmal service) is not available.
But you can get Netflix and Amazon Video and countless other streaming sites as well as the ability to play your local files.

Not to mention the very cool web browsing with a very functional keyboard.

Hey, it wasn't as good as it could have been. But it's still very cool. And at $99 it was a steal.

:D

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

226.1.2012 13:10

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Quote:
Media companies have mostly blocked access to their streaming sites via Google TV, however, making the service useless in its current form.

This is far from true... the "service" is quite useful. It's just not available on all sites. But certainly the majority of sites are available.
Hulu Plus (An abysmal service) is not available.
But you can get Netflix and Amazon Video and countless other streaming sites as well as the ability to play your local files.

Not to mention the very cool web browsing with a very functional keyboard.

Hey, it wasn't as good as it could have been. But it's still very cool. And at $99 it was a steal.

:D
This seems like a major improvement from when I tested the unit a month after launch however, the point still stands. No Hulu, no CBS, no ABC...you can get much cheaper set-tops like Roku that have Netflix and Amazon VOD.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Jan 2012 @ 13:11

326.1.2012 15:48

Yes, I would agree that if what you want is streaming Video services and nothing more, then this is not for you.
The browser with keyboard and the market are what makes it different than a Roku.
Also, the channel integration in the search is great as well. I don't use cable TV (cord cutter) but if I did, this function would be very good.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

426.1.2012 18:23

smart, same price as the PS3 bundle

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