Logitech is having some issues with its GoogleTV.
Update: In some press releases, Logitech denies that manufacturing has or would need to stop production due to software concerns.
Digitimes reports that Logitech(LOGI) has stopped production of its Revue at Gigabyte, the company who builds Revue units. The report says that December and January are off the table and building Revue units in February is conditional on Google (GOOG) delivering an updated version of GoogleTV.
Other manufacturers have been told to take a wait and see approach and have cancelled plans to announce new products at next month's CES.
It doesn't appear that Google's TV product is catching on as planned. However, some software enhancements and agreements with the studios might make a difference. Remember, when Android was first launched it was met with a cold reception from consumers. It wasn't until 2.0 came out on the Droid that consumers took a liking to the Google Phone product. Android is actually the underlying OS for the GoogleTV and one of the more anticipated new features of the GoogleTV 2.0 is the ability to play apps from the smartphone OS.
Logitech's Revue is currently available at Amazon for $50 off the original price of $300 where it receives 3.5 out of 5 stars from reviewers there.
The updates are interesting but aren't likely enough to mainstream the product...yet.
Google (GOOG) this morning announced an update to their GoogleTV software running on Logitech (LOGI) Revue and Sony (SNE) Internet TVs and BluRays. The updates are significant, but don't address all of the major issues that consumers are having with the product.
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With TVs starting at $599 and a $399 BluRay player available in the next week, Sony is bringing a compelling set of GoogleTVs to the market.
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The TVs come in 24, 32, 40 and 46-inch varieties and MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 12, 2010 8:23 PM ET
GoogleTV is steadily becoming more real.
Amazon (AMZN) and Best Buy (BBY) now have the Logitech Revue posted for pre-order for $299 with shipping dates in the 2-3 week range. They also carry the peripherals like the $149 video camera and the $129 Mini Keyboard. (This should have been the standard keyboard in my opinion.) Logitech also offers pre-orders on its own site.
Meanwhile, next week Sony (SNE) launches GoogleTVs or MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 7, 2010 10:40 AM ET
Logitech's Revue site has gone live with a pre-order price and feature list.
While Logitech formally introduces its Revue GoogleTV product today, they are also opening up information on their website. The URL for the microsite is logitech.com/en-us/smartTV/revue
The event is going on now so I'll update with more details as they become available.
The Revue will be priced at $299 and will come with full sized keyboard
The Logitech Mini keyboard will have a MORE
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I get it. The "fewer the buttons, the better." The iPhone has one button. The Apple (AAPL) remote has six or seven. Apple is a great design company so they must be right on remotes. Anything more than what Apple does must MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 6, 2010 8:57 AM ET
With the Logitech Revue launching this week and Sony's GoogleTV next week, Google opens up its GoogleTV place on the web.
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A huge keyboard from a company that already makes great portable media center keyboards.
Digital Trends got their hands on an early Logitech Revue GoogleTV last week. Overall, they loved it, saying:
Let's face it: You don't buy a Swiss Army knife because it has a corkscrew. You buy it because it has everything, and a few of those things just can't be found in most other places. The cloud revolution is well MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 23, 2010 4:26 PM ET
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