|Item Weight||3.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.4 x 8.2 x 3.6 inches|
|Item model number||970-000001|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
Logitech Revue Companion Box and Keyboard Controller
- Works with your existing HDTV and cable or satellite system to provide seamless access to the Web, compatible DVRs, and Android apps
- Surf the web for what you want to watch with the powerful Google Chrome browser and full-size keyboard controller
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|Hardware Connectivity||—||USB 2.0, USB 2.0, Radio Frequency||USB||Radio Frequency||USB 2.0||Radio Frequency|
|Item Dimensions||8.19 x 16.44 x 3.62 in||0.5 x 3.5 x 5 in||6.1 x 15.1 x 1.1 in||0.05 x 5.51 x 1.3 in||5.5 x 13.95 x 0.93 in||3.09 x 10.44 x 19.69 in|
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Works with your existing HDTV and cable or satellite system to provide seamless access to the Web, your TV, compatible DVRs, and Android apps Surf the web for what you want to watch - right on your big screen - with the powerful Google Chrome browser and full-size keyboard controller Browse your cable, satellite or over-the-air TV, plus over-the-web, for shows and movies with the updated TV & Movies app and program guide (Registration or subscription fee may be required) Access Android Market to bring film, music, gaming, sports, news and education apps to your HDTV (Additional terms, conditions and fees may apply. Apps subject to change without notice.)
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Okay, so when I bought this (not for full price), I had a very nice time. I could access Amazon Prime videos and Netflix as well. Plus, besides getting internet based videos (live streams and TV shows from various sources), it was clear I had found a nice device.
Unfortunately, not too long afterwards channels began to disappear. Things were blocked. I became unhappier. Plus, Google finally did an update to the Android system. This was a nice improvement in some ways, but there were continual problems like buffering and crashing. I first thought it was my internet connection, but my router is very good so that was not really the problem. Nor was it some kind of anomaly, it began to stink. This thing would randomly crash all the time. And then I read this was happening everywhere. Then Google pulled the plug, taking Logitech (thanks Google!) with it. People blamed Logitech, I blame Google!
Then I became less enamored with the device. First, it was easier to pick up a tablet then picking up the really neat keyboard remote and turning on the system to access the increasingly slower internet on Google TV. Then various channels began to disappear from the device making it an expensive Amazon Prime player. But perhaps the death knell for me was the update to Flash that never happened. This caused websites I liked to visit to become unplayable and this defeated the purpose of having an internet browser. Plus, the skipping and the crashing made life a bit more frustrating. My wife muddled through, but I slowly went crazy with this thing. Yeeesh.
Finally, I bought a Roku and love that device. But this thing, I realized is being killed off. It will never be updated. And I read stories of people saying how great it is. True, at first, but any buyer of this device must realize that it will never reach its full potential because Google killed it off! No updates ever.
So, for some money you can buy it and play with it, and it works okay. But, frankly, this is becoming a Laserdisc player in the year 1997. Sure, lots of cool things, but the technology is being made obsolete. Consider this closely, because in another few months, this thing will really become outdated unless by some miracle Google updates the Flash for this Android version on this device. But, given how Google buys, uses and drops things, I will never again trust Google to support a device again. Google purchased Motorola less than 2 years ago, used it up and has thrown it away. Not a great way to be around their products because they are not there for the long term.
So, great device when I bought it, but since being killed off, it is dying a slow painful death. Sure, lots of promise, but it will never reach any potential because Google, like some Egyptian pharaoh has decided to send this down the river. Guess what? No Moses is emerging to take this device to the promised land.
Don't buy it expecting such deliverance!
First, I live in Houston and have Comcast for cable TV service. Let me say that I HATE Comcast. And then let me say it again: I HATE COMCAST. The HD DVR that I lease from them is garbage and I constantly have service interruptions, missed recordings, lock-ups, etc. When they switched over to Xfinity, they deliberately erased all of the recordings I had saved for a year and did not care at all that I was upset about it. And worst of all, I could not use an HDMI cable to connect their RNG-200 DVR to my Sony Bravia TV. The Comcast software absolutely cannot handle the HDCP properly, so they just block the signal. Of course, they blame it on Sony, but too many others have the same problem with different brands of hardware. I even had the TV's HDMI module replaced and it still would not work, although it did work with everything except the Comcast equipment. I am planning to switch to another service provider.
Second, I have my TV hooked up to a 5.1 Dolby Digital sound system, so I had a pile of remote controls sitting on my coffee table - one for the TV, one for the A/V receiver, one for the DVD player and one for the Comcast DVR. It was annoying to remember which control buttons were where. Since I had read that the RNG-200 uses a proprietary IR signal that most universal remotes cannot learn, I was having trouble finding a truly universal remote that could replace the pile.
Enter Revue...I am finally able to watch HD TV the way it was designed. I plugged the Comcast DVR into the Revue using an HDMI cable and use the Revue HDMI Out to the TV. I finally now have true HDTV. The difference between the RCA cables and my HDMI picture is night and day and I would have purchased the Revue for this purpose alone.
But there's more...I now have the Revue keyboard also and it's great. I use the IR blaster to control the TV and have positioned the Revue (very) close to the Comcast DVR (it would not work from more than a few feet away), run a Digital Audio Out cable from the DVR to my A/V receiver, and it all works together. I have access to live TV, the programming guide, my recordings, volume controls and power on/off. It can't control the DVD player yet, and I haven't yet figured out the codes to have it do some of the less common tasks, but I am confident that it can be done with a little more time invested in my A/V education.
All of that, and I can also surf the web on it. With a wireless connection to my Airport Extreme. Awesome! I knew that Logitech was planning to drop the Revue from their product line before I bought it, but for $99, it was a great investment for me anyway. I am happier with my Revue than almost anything else I have purchased in a long time. It is not often that something makes my life easier. Thank you, Logitech!
UPDATE: I finally got mad enough to go through the hassle of firing Comcast and I got DirectTV instead. The Revue and the keyboard both worked perfectly with the new setup as soon as I changed my settings. I am very pleased with this purchase.
So if you know how legally I can duplicate my old Revue box onto my newest Revue box any hints would be greatly appreciated. I wish there was a realistic alternative around the Google Play monopoly.