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#112702 17-Dec-2012 20:22
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Hi I'm looking for a google tv device that plugs into tv hdmi port but also allows my dishtv freeview sat box to plug into it as an input and then use the google tv box remote to switch between google tv and live tv. Anyone know where I can buy one in nz?

I like the sony ones but can't find them on sale in nz.. trademe has a few but seem to be cheap chinese ones.. my criteria is: ability to plug frreview tv box as input and use remote to switch between freeview and google tv, nice to have would be wireless keyb and mouse.

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  #733956 17-Dec-2012 22:10
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There are a few more boxes due on the market soon and they will be better than the current crop of boxes which are all a bit long in the tooth. Netgear and Asus both have them coming early next year and the HiSense Pulse is overdue.

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  #733992 17-Dec-2012 22:56
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I am pretty happy with my Logitech Revue but they are out of production now. I have seen them on a US daily deals site for $79

http://www.icemonkey.com/logitech-revue-companion-box-with-google-tv-and-keyboard-controller

but you will need somebody to buy it for you. That site won't allow shipping to a freight forwarder since it checks the billing address of the credit card with the shipping address. I even tried to change my US credit card billing address to that of Youshop but it won't not authorise.

You might be able to find them refurbished on ebay and the seller might send it here.

Getting back to the original question, I feed the output of the box via HDMI to my AVR and then to my TV. I use a cheap DVB-T box to feed into the HDMI TV input of the Revue and I can control the DVB-T box with either the wireless keyboard of the Revue or my Harmony remote.

Of course being outside the US there is no integration with EPG's and broadcast TV but what I like is, the Chrome browser is really nice on a large TV,  Youtube is excellent and I can also watch Netflix.

I doubt living outside the US whether the later boxes would be any better unless you wanted BluRay integration but that's not what I wanted.




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System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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