dealslogitech revue™ with google tv™ for $99.99 + free…

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This is a huge price cut, and last week they were selling refurbs for $150. Are they discontinuing this model? I was able to change the shipping to second day afternoon delivery and it was still free shipping.

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they are actually more returns for the Revue than purchases. Logitech CEO even admitted that Google failed to deliver its promises on Google TV.

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@rom: How can more units be returned than were purchased? Unless you mean units returned to Logitech unsold from retail outlets..

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@matrim108: sorry about that, read a clarification just now:

""When Logitech's Q1 financial results were reported last week, we stated that returns for Logitech Revue were greater than sales. Some people thought this meant that there were more consumers returning their Logitech Revue products in Q1 than were purchasing the product. This is simply not the case," Logitech said. "Remember that Logitech sells mostly to distributors and retailers, not consumers. Since we introduced Logitech Revue in October 2010, consumer returns for the product have averaged at levels comparable to other Logitech products."

rom rom
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Anyone know if you can play Hulu on it yet without paying for Hulu Plus?

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@rom: Ah yeah, that's what I figured the situation was. The retailers were just not moving any, especially at $250. I can't say I'm surprised.

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Does this offer straight up web surfing via a browser (opera, firefox, ie, etc)?

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I wonder if they will cut just the keyboard price... I have heard excellent things about using it with a mac mini as an htpc keyboard... Currently it's still 100... the same price as the revue with the keyboard...

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Did they not think to compete with Roku initially? I mean an RHD is only 100 bucks. Logitech priced themselves out of the market.

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In for one. I like the keyboard idea. I have used Roku and Apple TV- each with it's good points. I really hate the remote controls that come with those.

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Seems like I can do all this with my ps3 (I know not everyone has a ps3)...am I missing something?

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Would be nice if it didn't require a set top box for cable or sat. I'm still on roof top antenna I cut those cords long time ago.

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@doggymcnuggets: Yes, you can use Google Chrome. It's not a perfect version, but it works. Here is a helpful review http://www.maximumtech.com/logitech-revue-google-tv-review

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This is an awesome deal if you want a box with access to almost 0 content. I'll stick with my 360 in the living room and Roku in the bedroom.

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I'm sucking with my trusty Roku.

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I won one at CES this past year, so I didn't exactly pay for one. For what it is, it works fine. I use it mostly for HBO GO access on my TV. A number of sites do block video content on this device, as well as other google TV devices. The way around it is to change the user agent on the box. I have mine set to the user agent string for chrome on a mac (search online for the string). Now I can watch shows on any site without any problem.

Supposedly an app store will be available soon, which will make this device a bit more useful.

It is nice for watching netflix on a TV as well if you don't want to use a 360 or PS3.

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It's not bad and I like the keyboard. I used one before, but the ethernet port went out so I returned it when it was 250. I have an apple TV, boxee box, xbox 360 and ps3 hooked up as well as my TV has built in content so I don't really need one and I didn't need one then, it was more to test it out. At 100 though I may be in for one. I can always find use for it. Another downer is if you have a 3D TV, the revue is only 1.3 compliant and only passes certain audio through. If I remmeber correctly it was only Dolby, not DTS.

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that@agnosticmayhem: haha that made me laugh. Dang autocorrect

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@jwalker18: The ps3 doesn't ahve access to Amazon video and some other video apps this does, HBO GO, NBA Tv and such.

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hmmm ... maybe nothing but its kinda odd timing since google just bought SageTV and all. Maybe something new in the pipe to replace these.

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the question is what part of the roku is enjoyable to suck.

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NOTE: 2 day shipping is FREE too! - I had bought an AppleTV; now have a RMA for my AppleTV. Plan is to get the Revue, see if it's hella better (AppleTV is super locked down), and return the AppleTV. I should have about 2 days to test it out.

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I'm in for 1, love the free 2nd day shipping too.

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This is the new price. Amazon has already matched the price, but has a 10-14 day wait. This was the price Logitech should have stuck with from the beginning. At $99 it is worth the price for all the features. I have a Sony Bravia TV, Sony PS3, XBox, and a ROKU with most the channels, but the promise of Android apps in the next few months, is what makes this a great product. I hear there is a way to get most of the blocked sites, Hulu, ABC TV to work. Cable TV is so close to being gone. That will be a $100 month savings.

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anyone know if this will be upgradeable to honeycomb? or even ice cream sandwich?

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@mrsly69: A roundabout way to do it, but the Revue's browser should have no problem with zinc.tv, meaning nothing(of the free stuff)is blocked- theoretically.

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@wheaties466: Honeycomb support is coming soon for this device, according to Google (they said this at I/O).

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Glad I didn't jump on the $149 refurb last week. Best Buy also has this pricing & I have a reward certificate about to expire... Hmm.

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@wheaties466: Its confirmed that a Homeycomb update is in the works, it was stated to be out during the summer 2011, so it should be coming out fairly soon, but there is no date as of yet. That update should also be adding app store support and full access to the android market which the revue currently does not have.

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@doggymcnuggets:

I bought one of these yesterday at my local Best Buy for the new $99.99 price. Set-up was within 10-15 mins. It uses the 'Chrome' browser, which will take you to most ANY website that you can reach by using your PC or laptop. It also has a PiP feature, where you can watch a small insert of any cable (or antenna) TV station, while surfing the web on the larger part of the screen. I watched Leo Laporte 'The Tech Guy' podcast at live.twit.tv website without the use of my laptop! It's well worth the latest price!

'Cons': The major TV networks are still blocking Google TV (they want $$$ also), so don't try to go to NBC to see last night's TONIGHT with Jay Leno show! Netflix works great, but the rest of their APPS are really lame!

RPall

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I'm confused about whether this Revue can play video files stored on a network computer. I have a lot of movies on my desktop computer. I currently can access them with my WDTV Live Plus box that is connected to the TV. From the Revue website it is very unclear if it can do that, with some FAQs saying no, others saying maybe. If it cannot access standard network shares, it would be useless to me.

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from the FAQ:
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5. Can it handle streaming media both on the Internet and local network?

Yes! The Revue will scan for and detect media center PCs and any DLNA-compatible server on the local network, as well as stream from popular Internet services, such as Pandora.

http://blog.logitech.com/2010/10/20/top-10-most-asked-questions-about-the-logitech-revue/
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I don't know which codecs are supported though. My LG tv has some difficulties with .mkv files as well as files using ac3 audio.

Plus there won't be any update to get hulu on it so this might very well be the solution

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Really this is a great deal. It is getting Honeycomb and the Android Market. It will be like having a Tablet the size of your TV. I'm in for one, but I think I will wait until the update actually starts pushing and run down to BB and get one.

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@jwalker18: You can't watch TV on your PS3. With this you can have "dualview" or picture in picture while surfing the web or whatever.

To the earlier post, it has a full blown chrome internet browser built in.

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@jdevenberg: It has all the content from your tv/cable/satellite and a lot of content from the internet. Your roku and xbox can't do that.

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So, it cannot access network shares, it has to use something like Media Player 12 to stream the content. Lame. That makes it far less attractive, so I will pass and stick with my WDTV Live Plus.

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@fuzi719: I could be wrong but I believe that it can access network shares.. At least that's what @jaminaco and his comment have me believe.

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I use open air HD antenna, does anyone know if there's a way to accomodate this? I don't see any hookup in the back for cable, or maybe there's an adapter of some kind? Ideas?

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I bought one and yes you can select 2 day shipping at no extra cost. It came out to $108.73 with tax and what sold me was the Google support commitment for the product with the upgrade to Honeycomb and running Android apps on my TV.

Now who needs a website I can sell them so I can get my money back for this purchase...haha

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@goyjuss: actually no, it can get media from a dlna server but you can't access a SMB/upnp folders at the moment.
It might be possible with the upcoming 3.1 update but I don't think it's been confirmed either way

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@fuzi719: That WDTV Live Plus device looks nice. I'm curious, does it stream Amazon instant videos?

What I'm looking for is:

1) Something that's always on. (i.e., I want to be able to interface with it without having to switch the inputs on my TV... Ideally, it would be nice to be able to continue to watch the current TV program in a picture-in-picture scenario while I scan for new content to potentially watch from the Internet).

2) Something that can browse the web with a decent web browser that's better than the PS3 web browser.

3) Something that can stream Amazon videos.

4) Something that can stream Netflix videos.

I have a PS3, but it can only really satisfy #4 above. It almost satisfies #2, but it is terrible as a web browser.

I have a Roku box, and it can only satisfy #3 and #4 above. So close.

I have a TiVo HD, and it can satisfy #1, #2, and #3. The bad thing is that it does #3 and #4 poorly. The streaming is just fine, but it takes too many steps to get there.

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@fiswebdesign: It has no tuner built in, so you'd have to buy another tuner to use with it. Not really the ideal solution. I just got my google tv yesterday. I think a lot of the poor reviews are from people not using it the way it's meant to be used. From my use of it, Google TV is really designed to enhance your cable tv service. If you're looking to cord cut like using OTA with some streaming you may be better off with a dedicated streaming box. Of course the web browser is pretty useful in this and with the Android 3.2 update and apps it could get a lot more useful.

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@bigellow:

1. As far as I know the Logitech revue is the only box designed like this. It has a picture in picture feature that lets you use any of the apps or browsing while having your tv in the corner. Yes I even had Netflix and PIP running but it doesn't let you mute one audio track.

2. The Revue uses Chrome 5 so it's a pretty decent browser. This is supposed to get updated to a newer browser. It has flash and everything. I've been able to use more of the web with the Revue than I have with the iPad.

3. The Revue can stream amazon videos. The interface uses the browser to find the video then once you pick it you can use the mouse to maximize the video.

4. The Revue's Netflix app is very similar to the PS3's app it supports 5.1, 1080p and everything you expect from the PS3, but it wastes a lot less power than the ps3, is quieter and puts out much less heat. Also you can use it with the included remote or a harmony programmable controller.

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@donatom3: Ah, that's interesting. I was under the impression that Google TV played Amazon videos in an "app" in much the same way the Netflix streaming is handled. I didn't realize it was done so via the web browser. I suppose if the final result is the same, it shouldn't matter, but I'm surprised by it. I wonder if the upcoming availability of more apps will bring a more native app-like player for Amazon videos.

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Ok...I got one too...hope it's everything I've wildly imagined it will be.

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Gunna have to wait until it comes with a tuner. I don't own a cable box and I currently don't see a reason I need to spend an extra $10 a month on a cable box plus revue.

Unless, I can run cable into the tuner already in my TV, out HDMI to the Revue, then back into the TV with another HDMI. I know that is a waste of an extra HDMI port but I am not really using all of them at this point.

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went earlier today to best buy who is selling them at the same price $99. The associates there didn't even know it was price dropped. Unfortunately they were all sold out, they then checked all the other stores in the valley and every best buy was out, said they got mobbed yesterday. So in for one thru logitech's website with free ground shipping.