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Topic # 94332 8-Dec-2011 09:45 Send private message

I searched around Geekzone but there hasn't been much discussion on this device. Has anyone got one? It seems this device has finally received the Honeycomb upgrade. It looks like quite a snazzy device but I don't see it advertised much around NZ. I think there's one listing on TM and that's about it.




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  Reply # 555339 8-Dec-2011 09:56 Send private message

Logitech already said they committed a mistake by going with Google TV. I wouldn't expect much support from them in the near future.




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  Reply # 555342 8-Dec-2011 09:58 Send private message

Yeah, I heard they were pulling the pin as it had cost them millions and millions.

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  Reply # 555343 8-Dec-2011 10:01 Send private message

Yup, that's what I heard too - yet they have just released Honeycomb update for it. Well, at least that's what I read in one of my blog feeds. They admitted it was a mistake when the price was around $300US - it has dropped considerably now, and with the new OS upgrade it may actually be palatable.




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  Reply # 555360 8-Dec-2011 10:26 Send private message

Their official press release:


Logitech to Deliver Free Update to Logitech Revue for New Version of Google TV

Logitech Revue Owners to Enjoy More Entertainment Choices, More Powerful Search and Browse Capabilities, and Improvements to Navigation and Logitech Media Player

FREMONT, Calif. – Dec. 7, 2011 – Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced it will begin delivering a free update of the Android 3.1 platform to Logitech Revue™ with Google TV™ companion boxes. The free software update will be delivered over-the-air (OTA) to current Logitech Revue customers over the next few days. New customers are expected to receive this version automatically upon activation. The improvements to Logitech Revue with this new version of Google TV include more entertainment choices such as access to the Android Market; faster and more comprehensive search and browse capabilities; a simplified user interface, and improvements to the Logitech Media Player. To receive the update, simply turn on your Logitech Revue and follow the easy update instructions.

The updated Logitech Revue with Google TV experience seamlessly combines TV with the Web and Android Apps, all on your HDTV, bringing more entertainment options to your home theater. For example, the updated TV & Movies app allows people to easily search, watch and even rate more than 80,000 movies and TV episodes from cable, Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

In addition, the update to Logitech Revue gives you access to the Android Market on your HDTV, which includes hundreds of apps, such as the new Google Music app, and around 50 apps optimized specifically for the TV. And you can expect the number of apps to increase over time, making Logitech Revue your living room’s fastest-growing entertainment hub. Also, the updated Google Chrome browser brings full search capabilities to your HDTV, along with keyboard navigation and support for Adobe Flash player version 10.2.

“Logitech has always aimed to add simplicity, flexibility and choice to the screens that matter most,” said Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s digital home products group. “The updated Logitech Revue with Google TV is just one example of how we are helping people discover, engage with and control their entertainment content.”

The improved Logitech Media Player application delivers smooth access to your personal content – including photos, downloaded music files and home videos – stored on a PC, Mac or media server connected to your home network. Plus, the free Logitech Media Server software also helps organize your media, making your libraries of music, movies and photos only a few keystrokes away, and searchable through the Quick Search Box on Google TV.   

And finally, the process of finding the entertainment you want – and discovering new content – happens faster and more intuitively through a streamlined UI tailored for the large screen. For example, you can customize the home bar, which discretely appears at the bottom of the TV screen, with your favorite shortcuts so you get to where you want to go as quickly as possible. 

 The updated Logitech Revue with Google TV will also be available to existing and prospective subscribers of DISH Network’s service in the United States. The solution uses Google TV to combine DISH Network TV programming as well as Web content into a seamless entertainment experience.

“DISH Network continues to collaborate with Logitech to bring customers this next version of Logitech Revue with Google TV,” said Vivek Khemka, vice president of product management for DISH Network. “For DISH Network customers only, the TV & Movies app allows customers to watch shows and record directly to their DVR, all through the Google TV interface. The addition of the Android Market brings TV applications that enable our customers to interact with the DISH DVR in new and unique ways.”

Pricing and Availability

The update of the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS to Logitech Revue with Google TV begins on December 7. Most users should expect to see the update on their devices over the coming week. It is free, and available to all Logitech Revue units that are turned on and connected to the Web. Additional registration or subscription may apply to third-party apps and apps are subject to change without notice. 




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  Reply # 555371 8-Dec-2011 10:41 Send private message

Cool - so it's official. I'm keen to try one out but I can't seem to find anyone in NZ who sells it.




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  Reply # 555491 8-Dec-2011 14:22 Send private message

dpw: Cool - so it's official. I'm keen to try one out but I can't seem to find anyone in NZ who sells it.


Please advise if you find anyone in NZ selling it.  I'm thinking of getting one from USA but would prefer to buy locally if possible.

 




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  Reply # 555543 8-Dec-2011 16:02 Send private message

I have one and just love it, will love it more when the update is on it.
Unblock-us is awesome with netflicks.

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  Reply # 555545 8-Dec-2011 16:03 Send private message

brcjackson: I have one and just love it, will love it more when the update is on it.
Unblock-us is awesome with netflicks.


Cool - where did you get it from? And is it all good with HD movies? 




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  Reply # 555569 8-Dec-2011 17:20 Send private message

brcjackson: I have one and just love it, will love it more when the update is on it.
Unblock-us is awesome with netflicks.




Where you get it from??

   




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  Reply # 555631 8-Dec-2011 19:50 Send private message

I got it from Amazon, I think $130 with shipping. I have a external hd plugged in and works a treat for videos and pics.

I don't think netflicks is HD, but not bad quality.

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  Reply # 555686 8-Dec-2011 22:16 Send private message

I was actually asking about HD movies on your local drive or network, not streamed movies.




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Reply # 556099 9-Dec-2011 21:07 Send private message

i also have a revue box and love it may i add and i stream movies of my computer its a great value device i highly recommend it. 

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  Reply # 556100 9-Dec-2011 21:09 Send private message

Thanks for the responses. I guess my two biggest questions are:

1. Can it play 1080 files?
2. Can it play movies from network file shares, i.e. without serving it from a DLNA server?




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  Reply # 556122 9-Dec-2011 22:00 Send private message

yes it can play 1080p movie no problem it wont play some obcure formates but hopfully that will be fixed in the update(in this version it say its the beta veision and every thing not finished yet so some formats wont play) but i havent had to much trouble with that.

as to the second question im not sure never tried it but here a forum about what i think you talking about not sure though http://forums.logitech.com/t5/Revue/Can-revue-access-network-disks/td-p/659516 

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  Reply # 556129 9-Dec-2011 22:09 Send private message

Thanks - that thread is indeed discussing my second question. It hasn't been answered yet it seems :o)




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