Logitech demonstrated Google TV on its Revue companion box and keyboard controller. Both devices are ready for preorder now from Logitech.com, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com for $299.
NEW YORK-Logitech officials Oct. 6 showed off
Google TV on its Revue companion box and keyboard controller, which the
peripherals maker began letting consumers preorder from Logitech.com
Announced in May
at Google I/O, Google TV is the search
engine's entry into a largely stagnant market that has attempted to wed the
channel surfing and Web surfing experience.
Microsoft and Apple have tried and failed in the last decade to make the
services stick with consumers. Google believes its service is seamless, as it
blends Web services with TV content without disrupting the user experience.
Google TV is based on Android 2.1 and serves Web applications such as
Netflix, YouTube and Twitter through Google Chrome 5, the company's Web
browser. See images of the service here
Google TV is available in two primary ways. First, the service is available
in Logitech's Revue, a plug-and-play companion box, that should arrive by Oct.
31 for those who order it now. Second, Google TV will also be available in Sony
Internet TVs, which the set maker will unveil Oct. 12 in New
Both methods require a broadband connection. Users must connect the Revue
box to their HDTV with the included high-definition
multimedia interface (HDMI)
cable and then connect another HDMI cable between the Logitech Revue and their
cable or satellite provider box with HDMI out
Users will plug in the system and follow the directions on the TV screen to
set up Google TV.
The Google TV menu should display preloaded Google TV and Logitech
applications forged from partnerships Google announced
Oct. 4 with Turner Broadcasting, NBC Universal,
HBO, Amazon, Netflix and Twitter, among others.
Logitech's Harmony Link technology will ensure that the Logitech Keyboard
Controller, which resembles a computer keyboard in many ways, and the Revue box
will seamlessly enable channel surfing and Web navigation on the connected TV.