Logitech, DISH serve up Android Honeycomb for Revue STBs with Google TV

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 08-12-2011

Even though the Logitech Revue set-top box with Google TV integration has been effectively benched after disastrous sales, a price cut to $99 and a loss of nearly $100 million in operating profit for Logitech, an update has just been announced.

Logitech will support existing customers and work with distribution partner DISH Network to push an Android update out to activated connected boxes. Logitech will begin delivering a free update of the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS over-the-air (OTA) to current Logitech Revue customers over the next few days. The improvements to Logitech Revue with this new version of Google TV include access to the Android Market and a simplified user interface.
The updated TV & Movies app meanwhile allows people to search, watch and even rate more than 80,000 movies and TV episodes from cable, Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. And the updated Google Chrome browser brings full search capabilities to an HDTV, along with keyboard navigation and support for Adobe Flash player version 10.2.
The improved Logitech Media Player application in the update also delivers smooth access to personal content, including photos, downloaded music files and home videos, stored on a PC, Mac or media server connected to the home network. Plus, the free Logitech Media Server software also helps organise media, making libraries of music, movies and photos searchable through the Quick Search Box on Google TV.
Although the product is essentially discontinued, Logitech shows no signs of cutting off its existing Revue install base. It said that consumers should expect the number of apps to increase over time.
"Logitech has always aimed to add simplicity, flexibility and choice to the screens that matter most," said Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech's digital home products group, in a statement. "The updated Logitech Revue with Google TV is just one example of how we are helping people discover, engage with and control their entertainment content.
"The updated Logitech Revue with Google TV will also be available to existing and prospective subscribers of DISH Network's service in the United States. The solution uses Google TV to combine DISH Network TV programming as well as Web content into a seamless entertainment experience.
"DISH Network continues to collaborate with Logitech to bring customers this next version of Logitech Revue with Google TV," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of product management for DISH Network.
"For DISH Network customers only, the TV & Movies app allows customers to watch shows and record directly to their DVR, all through the Google TV interface. The addition of the Android Market brings TV applications that enable our customers to interact with the DISH DVR in new and unique ways."