Hisense to introduce sub-$100 Google TV set-top box

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The Google TV set-top box market just got a little more crowded. Google has gained another partner in Hisense, a Chinese-based electronics company, which will produce a sub-$100 Google TV set-top box that will mainly compete with Vizio’s $99 Co-Star . The Hisense set-top box, which will ship with Google’s second generation Google TV software, is slated for release later this year. Hisense is the fifth company to partner with Google joining Vizio, Samsung, Sony, and LG. More specifics might be officially revealed at IFA so be sure to check back here beginning August 31 for any further details on this budget-friendly Google TV experience.

source:  PCWorld

Vizio Co-Star gets ripped apart, finally reveals dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM

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Remember the Vizio Co-Star Google TV box? Much of the specs for the device remained undetermined, but thanks to the folks at ifixit, some important specs are finally revealed. Here’s what you can expect from the Co-Star:

  • Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
  • Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 2 Gb DDR3 SD RAM (1GB total RAM)
  • Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 32 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash

For $99 bucks, this definitely isn’t too bad for the hardware that you’re getting. Has anyone out there purchased one of these? If so, tell us your experience with the device.

source: ifixit

New Fiber TV from Google could change how you watch TV

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With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box. Fiber TV is a combination of apps, services, and the set top box that provides access to television shows and the ability to record up to 500 hours of TV and eight shows at once. » Read the rest

Pre-orders for Vizio Co-Star Google TV box starts today for $99, Free shipping offered for a limited time

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The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.

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Amazon now shipping Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV device

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Last month we were able to spend some time with a couple Google TV set-top boxes made by Sony.  The devices are the NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GP9, which were slated to be priced at $199 and $299 respectively. The price difference is due to the inclusion of a Blu-Ray player in the latter device which is scheduled for release later this year.

Sony had indicated the NSZ-GS7 would be available in July and they have delivered on that promise. If you are ready to invest in one of the units yourself, you can now place your order with Amazon. Just hit the source link to start shopping.

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Marvell and OnLive partner to bring cloud gaming to Google TV platform

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Marvell announced today that their ARMADA 1500 HD Media SoC is being used by OnLive  in their app to provide high-end video games to Google TVs and Google TV devices. By using the app, users can avoid the use of a game console. The ARMADA 1500 chip is a dual-core CPU able to run at more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS with integrated Qdeo video processing technology, support for 3DTV, and full HD video running on a fan-less, small form factor.

According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone,anywhere, and anytime they want it.” OnLive is able to deliver video games on-demand to PCs, Macs, TVs and tablets.  With this latest move, their games will now be available on Google TVs.

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Several Google TV platform updates announced at Google I/O

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As expected, one of the Google products to get some attention at Google I/O is the Google TV platform. Google continues to increase consistency across product lines and Google TV is no exception. The UI has been updated to provide access to the Google Play store that is similar to that found on other Android devices. Consumers can purchase movies, music, and TV shows through the store. Because Google Play works across devices, one will be able to start a show on one device and continue watching it across other devices.

Beyond the interface with the Google Play store that most consumers will see, Google is making improvements to the APIs, libraries and code that is available to developers. This should improve the availability of apps on the platform, such as the recently announced Sirius XM app. » Read the rest

Hands on with Sony’s new Google TV units

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Sony showed off their brand new Google TV set-top boxes today, which include the NSZ-GS7 for $199 and the NSZ-GP9 for $299. The difference between the two is the Blu-Ray player that’s included with the NSZ-GP9. That model won’t be available till later this year, while the NSZ-GS7 will be available next month. The main differences between this year’s models and last year’s is they are now made with an ARM processor and the remote control has been totally redesigned. The new remote features a full QWERTY keyboard, a touch pad for easy navigation, and a three-axis motion sensor for gaming. Also Sony is the first manufacturer to bring Google TV outside the U.S., which I’m sure everyone abroad is excited about.  Hit the break to check out all the cool stuff.

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SiriusXM and Howard Stern is coming to Google TV soon

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There should be a lot of Google TV news over the next couple of days so to kick things off, the SiriusXM Internet Radio App will be available on Google TV soon.  This is the first time that the SiriusXM programming and SiriusXM 2.0 features will be available on connected TVs.

“Working closely with Google, we developed the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for the new Google TV, giving subscribers another platform to listen to their favorite SiriusXM programming at home,” said Sean Gibbons, Vice President, Product Management, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM Internet Radio is currently available online and on smartphones and other connected devices.  With SiriusXM on Google TV, we are giving even more consumers the ability to get the premium audio entertainment they enjoy from SiriusXM on their televisions.”

They will demonstrate the app at Google I/O today at 3:00pm PST. Hit the break for all the key features of the app along with the full presser.

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VIZIO announces the Co-Star Google TV set-top box for $99

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Back at CES, VIZIO showed off the VAP430, which was a standalone Google TV set-top box. It looks like they re-branded it as the Co-Star. Other than the full blown Google TV experience, it will include VIZIO’s new stream player and OnLive cloud gaming. In fact the Co-Star will be the first steaming player to feature OnLive Gaming. We had a chance to check out Onlive Gaming at CES and it’s pretty cool.

The Co-Star comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you touch, tap, scroll, and drag. It even has a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include support for 1080p Full HD, 3D video, Wi-Fi, USB port  to connect hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals, and DLNA so you can enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen. We can only hope it has the play to feature that was lacking in the Logitech Revue.

We fully expecting a new version of Google TV to be announced at I/O so we’re hopeful the Co-Star will come pre-installed with it. It’s going to be priced at $99 and pre-orders will begin in July with free shipping.

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