Logitech Goes Google TV, Launches Revue Set-Top Box

Logitech (s LOGI) officially announced the launch of its Google TV-powered Logitech Revue set-top box today, demonstrating for the first time what the device is capable of, as well as announcing a number additional devices that will be available for use with Revue.

Revue will be selling for a suggested retail price of $299.99. The box will come with a full-size keyboard, but Logitech will also sell the keyboard separately for $99.99 for use with other Google TV products.

Logitech additionally developed a compact-sized keyboard controller, selling for $129.99, as well as a HD video camera for Google TV, selling for 149.99. And finally, there will be two security cameras compatible with Revue, selling for $299 for an in-door version and $349 for an outdoor version. Revue will be available in stores before the end of October and can be pre-ordered starting today.

Here are all the details of the Logitech Revue announcement:

  • Full keyboard with touch pad, control keys, ability to power on additional devices like your TV, set-top-box, DVR etc.
  • Logitech Revue comes with integrated Harmony Link technology. Same technology that powers all Harmony remotes. Rveue box uses IR blaster to controll all your devices in home entertainment system. Existing Harmony remote controls are compatible with Revue.
  • Smart phones can also be used to control the Revue box. Apps will be availale for Android phones, tablets, iPhones and iPads.
  • There is an optional compact controller for people who don’t want to deal with the full keyboard.
  • Logitech Revue can access DVR content if you’re a DISH subscriber.
  • Logitech developed a media player application to play content from your local network or attached storage. Can be used to play music, video and photos. Local content can be searched via Google TV just like any other coutent source.
  • Logitech’s TV camera captures video in 720p. It’s compatible with a Vid HD software client available for PC and Mac to enable video calling.
  • Vid HD comes preinstalled on Revue. The app is always running in the background, alerts you of calls while you’re watching TV. Alerts you of missed calls even if TV is off.

Logitech’s CEO Jerry Quindlen said that “today is just the beginning” for the company, adding that Logitech will be launching a number of additional Google TV-related products in the future.

Update: DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr just announced that the Revue will be available for new and existing DISH customers for a discounted price of $179. Customers will also have to pay $4 per month for the advanced integration of DISH and Revue.

Check out the interview we did with Logitech CEO Jerry Quindlen when his comapny first announced its cooperation with Google earlier this year.


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