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VIZIO Co-Star Streaming Player with Google TV ? VAP430

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  • Stream blockbuster movies and hit shows through Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, M-GO and more. Play the latest hit console video games through OnLive, or crank out your favorite tunes from iHeartRadio and Pandora
  • Access to the Best Entertainment: Google play lets you purchase the latest music, movies, apps, and games right from your TV screen
  • The Power of Google TV Search: Google TV Search pulls in results from virtually any source - live, local or streaming - making finding exactly what you want easier and quicker than ever
  • Touch, Point, and Tap with Ease: The Co-Star universal smart remote looks and feels just as outstanding as it functions, packing a touchpad and full keyboard for easy and intuitive navigation
  • Fast Connections Without Wires: With integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Co-Star connects easily to your home's wireless network for superior streaming quality and Web access without the unsightly wires
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameVIZIO
Item Weight10.6 ounces
Product Dimensions4.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches
Item model numberVAP430
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB009IBX7Z2
Best Sellers Rank #12,781 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 1, 2012
  
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Product Description

Product Description

VIZIO is committed to continued innovation and to make Co-Star the best stream player by delivering the latest software updates automatically to Co-Star owners. We are excited to announce that a new update will be automatically delivered to Co-Star on November 12, 2012 and may take up to 10 days before all units complete the update. We appreciate the feedback from our customers and will continue to keep our customers informed as new features and updates are made available in the future.

- OTA2 (Version 4.6.0) update
- Co-Star Updated to Google TV Version 3
- Supports YouTube Pairing from Android smartphones and tablets
- Updated Amazon Instant Video App (now a full app experience)
- M-GO and VUDU streamlining services now available
- Further performance improvements in system stability and performance

From the Manufacturer

VIZIO Co-Star Streaming PlayerVIZIO Logo


Presenting VIZIO Co-Star

Make Any HDTV The Ultimate Smart TV

The pocket-sized VIZIO Co-Star merges live TV and streaming entertainment into one experience, bringing apps and full-screen Web browsing to your existing HDTV without interrupting what you're watching.

VIZIO Co-Star's innovative features command center stage, enhancing your existing HDTV with thousands of apps, Google Chrome Web browsing, console quality gaming through OnLive and the best in streaming entertainment.* Don't be fooled by its size. Co-Star packs the power to deliver the ultimate entertainment upgrade for any HDTV.

1080p Full HD, 3D Support, WiFi 802.11n
Co-Star Streaming Player

Google TV Experience

Crafted by VIZIO's years of entertainment expertise, Co-Star packs the powerful features of Google TV into a sleek, intuitive interface.
Combining live TV, the Web and apps into one experience, it allows you to search and access content from all of them without
interrupting your viewing.

Watch
Watch

Enjoy live TV and streaming entertainment
in one interface.

Watch ScreenBrowse
Browse

Google Chrome delivers full-screen Web
browsing right to your TV.

Browse Screen
Search
Search

Search results from live TV, the Web
and apps all on one screen.

Watch Screen
Google Play
Apps

Google play brings apps, music and
movies straight to your screen.

Apps Screen
Set Up In A Snap
Set Up In A Snap

Setting up Co-Star is as simple as 1-2-3.
Simply power on and connect your cable
or satellite receiver to your TV through
the HDMI ports.

Touch, Point and Tap
Touch, Point and Tap

Search, browse, text and game with a
universal two-sided touchpad remote with keyboard and built-in IR Blaster.

Apps By The Thousands
Apps By The Thousands

With access to thousands of apps,
Google Play takes your entertainment
experience to the next level like no other
stream player before.

Technical Specs

Features
Smart TV Platform Google TV
App Store Google play
Web Browser Chrome web browser
with Adobe Flash Player
Networking
WiFi Yes, 802.11n/g/b
Ethernet 10/1000Mbps
Bluetooth Yes
Network Multimedia PlayPoint apps lets you access
media on DLNA-enabled
network devices
Video
Resolution Supported 720p, 1080i, 1080p
3D Support Yes
Video Playback H.264, MP4, MKV
TV Compatibility Any high-definition TV with HDMI port
Remote
Universal Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Keyboard Yes
Touchpad Yes
IR Blaster Yes
Inputs
HDMI (to Cable/Satellite Box) 1
HDMI Out (to TV) 1
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Audio
Music Playback MP3, AAC, WMA
Audio Features Up to 5.1 channels of surround sound
pass-through
* High-speed/Broadband Internet service and access equipment are required and not provided by VIZIO. Additional fees and/or subscriptions
required for certain content and services. VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.) and VIZIO Internet Apps Plus applications pictured, described on this
page or its accompanying documentation may not be available or may provide different functionality, content or services at the time of
purchase. Applications are subject to future updates and/or modifications without notice.

Customer Reviews

My recommendation is to buy a ROKU and not to waste your money.
David Williard
It freezes every day, have to unplug it, wait 60 seconds, plug back in and wait for it to boot.
Charlene B Nightingale
Remote control and keyboard were cumbersum to use also the mouse pad had very slow response.
Oli Rimando

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

289 of 304 people found the following review helpful By tobor on October 6, 2012
UPDATE TO REVIEW:
I no longer can recommend this device. Basically the device has been orphaned by Vizio and the GoogleTV platform has been abandoned by Google. Although the Co-Star and GoogleTV had much potential, it has been squandered and as of 2014 consumers have a variety of better options. All that said, I'm not going to edit the text of my original review (below) as it should provide context for other comments.

Original Review:
I've had my Co-Star for over a month now and love it. A couple of disclaimers up front...I own both an Android phone and tablet so I'm very used to the OS. I also have a couple of Roku boxes (that I love), but one of my Roku's was getting old and needing replaced, hence my decision to try a Google TV device. The top-end Roku's sell for about $90; the Co-Star is around the same price and not only offered Netflix, but also hosts a number of other features such as web browsing, games, integration with existing TV service, etc.

The Co-Star is a pretty small unit, approximately the same size as a couple of decks of cards. The remote is at least twice as thick as a normal remote because it has a keyboard on one side (more about that in a minute). Setup of the unit was very straight forward, although not as fast as a Roku. But then again, the Co-Star isn't a basic device like the Roku; it is much more powerful. Regardless, the setup was pretty easy...it walks you through pairing the bluetooth remote with the box, then adding your cable box, TV, soundbar, etc.

The remote will take some getting used to. Personally, I've had ZERO problem using the keyboard on the back other than the fact that my eyesight isn't great and identifying some keys requires me to put on my glasses.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By 12 Books a Year on December 20, 2012
Verified Purchase
I've owned the Co-Star for about 2 months.

Initially I thought it was a neat gadget to try out to see if I wanted or needed Google TV on the next big screen TV I would purchase. I also wanted to find that 1 tech device that will control everything (tired of having multiple remotes, etc.) I also figured that since these are on back-order (lack of supply) that I could resell it easily if I didn't like it.

Install and overview:
Co-Star took about 5 to 10 minutes to install and sync with everything, and has worked flawlessly since. It connects and controls everything in my entertainment system with no issues. Great device, the software keeps updating and getting better (my Co-Star is receiving software updates automatically from Google). The layout of the apps, and the navigation is better than the typical Vizio TV apps (for those of you that are familiar with the Vizio Apps layout). The new layout / navigation takes some getting used to just like any new technology. And like every new technology, it can use some software improvements. However, for $99 this far exceeded my expectations.

The issue concerning the Co-Star remote control:

The best thing about Co-Star is that I finally have a device / remote that consolidates and commands EVERY product that is hooked into my entertainment system. This is a huge plus! The Co-Star remote has a high degree of programability. It controls my Toshiba TV. Controls my Samsung Time Warner cable box.. full DVR control, access the guide, settings, search, schedule recordings, ff/play/rev, scroll in every direction, everything on the cable box! Controls my LG Blu-Ray surround sound system. XBOX 360.

The layout / design of the remote is probably my only "complaint" about the product.
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246 of 291 people found the following review helpful By R. Alexander on October 5, 2012
I own two Logitech Revues and was eager to upgrade to a newer Google TV with a faster processor and more RAM. Unfortunately, what I received was a half-baked device with hardware and software malfunctions. I am in the process of returning it and going back to the Revue, which had its issues, but were fewer and farther between.

It was easy enough to setup. The same process as my Revue. Unfortunately, after finishing the setup process I was presented with a blank screen. I left it on for a few minutes guess that it was booting up still. Eventually I had to unplug the unit and hard reboot. It turned on and immediately prompted me to install a firmware update. Sure! Low and behold, after the update finished I was presented with another blank screen. I unplugged/replugged and the box booted up as normal (note: I haven't had the blank screen issue since, aside from when it freezes after about 24 hours of uptime).

I quickly noticed three things:

1) Vizio did to Google TV what cell phone manufacturers have done to Android phones: They put their own UI on it. Keeping in line with expectations, their custom UI is not nearly as full-featured or snappy as the stock Android Google TV experience (owning two Revues, I can say that confidently). For example, the settings menu is not nearly as full as the normal Android settings. I still can't find out where it shows my used & available storage on the device.

2) The remote was not going to cut it. The remote was one of the more attractive parts of the Co-Star compared to the Revue when it was first announced. One side is your standard TV/DVR remote; the underside is a QWERTY keyboard. Using an accelerometer (I think), it knows which side is facing up so you don't have accidental button presses.
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