New solutions for the new era of TV interfaces

It will take more than a five-button remote control to efficiently navigate the new universe of video content now available. That means a new user interface for the video viewing experience is inevitable, and many companies are involved. Here are a few to watch.

Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard review: Here comes the sun

Logitech’s new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac looks a lot like the Apple keyboard at first glance, but adds a strip of solar panels above the function keys. It also has a numeric keypad, slightly indented keys, and a 2.4 GHz wireless connection.

Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard review: An iPad accessory that just fits

Like many others, I find the iPad on-screen keyboard lacking, and the problem with a combo keyboard and case is that the keyboard is limited in size by the size of the iPad. Luckily, Logitech has introduced a new accessory that works around that limitation.

Logitech’s remote app is the smart play for the two-screen living room

Logitech unveiled its new Harmony Link hardware/software combo for iPad, iPhone and Android devices Tuesday. The Link lets you use your device as a universal remote for your entertainment system. Logitech isn’t the first to try this, but it looks like it could be the best.

Exclusive: Viewsonic pulls the plug on Boxee TV

Viewsonic won’t be selling the Boxee-powered smart TV it showed off at CES earlier this year: The company has told us that consumer interest is too low and hardware costs are too high. This is bad news for Boxee, but also the industry as a whole.

Blurred Vision: What went wrong with Logitech

Logitech, a well known computer peripherals company made a strategic blunder by betting on Google TV software and in the end paid a hefty price. A terrible financial performance promoted industry observer Michael Mace to breakdown why Google TV-related turned into a minefield for Logitech.

Five reasons why you should buy the $99 Google TV

Logitech just significantly lowered the price of its Revue set-top box to $99. It’s a desperate move, but price-conscious consumers shouldn’t see it as a closeout sale. Instead, it may just be a great chance to get much more bang for your smart TV buck.

Google TV price slashed to $99 as Logitech stumbles

More bad news for Google TV: Device maker Logitech got more units sent back from consumers during the most recent quarter than it actually sold. It now wants to get rid of its massive inventory with a big price cut to $99, down from $249 originally.

LifeSize wants to simplify enterprise video conferencing

LifeSize, a supplier of video conferencing products that was acquired by Logitech in 2009, is aiming to address the usual drawbacks of traditional enterprise HD video conferencing systems — cost, complexity and incompatibility — with some new products that it announced Wednesday.

Will Google TV 2.0 embrace cord cutting?

Google TV development boxes sent out to a limited number of Android developers spot an interesting feature: an antenna input. This would enable Google TV users to access free OTA HD programming. Does that mean that Google TV’s next iteration will embrace cord cutting?