The first Google TV product has been officially unveiled in the US as the Logitech Revue. The set-top box enables users to find content via Google style searching, whether it’s stored online or in your home.
The set-top box costs $299, and is supplied with a Qwerty keyboard with an integrated touchpad controller. The box connects to the home router and the TV, and enables users to search via a keyboard for content regardless of whether it’s located on traditional broadcast TV, online, or stored on local media devices in your home.
It’s initially compatible with Dish DVRs in the US, but Google said it will be expanded to other boxes down the line. The service also supports streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and Napster.
Also offered are a number of accessories such as a shrunk down mini-controller keyboard, and a 720p capable webcam, enabling easy video calls via your TV. These will cost $149. There will also be Harmony remote control apps for the iPhone, iPad and Google Android devices. Google said that support for Android Marketplace apps will arrive later.
Logitech Revue and the accessories are now ready to pre-order in the US from the likes of Amazon and Best Buy, and will be shipping by the end of the month.
We wait with interest to see if Google TV comes over to the UK, and if so, which services it will be integrated with as it could be a serious marketing tool for either Sky or Virgin to offer exclusive support.
Link: Logitech Revue page.