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Manufacturer says Google didn't tell it to halt Revue production, but won't say if it chose to internally

In The Wall Street Journal's blog Barron's, analysis Tiernan Ray shares the response he received from Logitech, when inquiring about a production delay.  Logitech's VP, Nancy Morrison, writes:

Logitech has not been asked by Google to suspend production of its Google TV products. As those familiar with the product know, it is not necessary for Logitech to make changes to the Logitech Revue with Google TV companion box to accommodate future enhancements to Google TV. Every Logitech Revue companion box will receive free over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release software enhancements.

Logitech is currently meeting the inventory needs of its retail customers, continuing to ship products on schedule to meet their holiday and post-holiday demand.

Logitech does not discuss the specific production plans for any of its products. As high-volume manufacturer of electronic products, Logitech’s use of its own factories as well as those of its manufacturing partners, provides the company with flexibility in how and when it produces products to accommodate customer demand.

The latest development follows a report by Monica Chen and Steven Shen of Taipei, Taiwan-based Digitimes, which cited unnamed "industry sources" as confirming that Logitech had suspended shipments of the Revue in response to poor customer reception.

Logitech's response to Mr. Ray notably does not deny this -- it merely denies that such an order came from Google.  This is still noteworthy, as some assumed the order came from Google, after a previous WSJ report claimed that Google had told TV set vendors to delay the release of their upcoming Google TV offerings.

Also note, that while Logitech says "products" continue to ship, it's awfully vague about what those products are.  Thus it's still anyone's guess whether Digitimes was right or wrong with regards to a production delay.

The Revue is a set-top box, which sports Google TV, an Android OS variant that adds a search engine, browser, and certain apps to your TV.  The box is produced by Gigabyte and leverages an Intel Atom processor.

Reviews of the box have been very mixed, with many users complaining about interface flaws and the lack of third party apps.  Google reportedly address these issues in a coming update that is slated for February or March.  That update will add access to the Android Marketplace across the Google TV product lineup.  As Google TV products pack a similar power CPU/GPU to a top of the line Android smart phone, it can be assumed that they could handle most apps that Android phones could, including games.

Another sources of criticism has been Google TVs products inability to access free online TV episodes from TV network sites or sites like Hulu.  This is no coincidence -- Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Viacom, and other networks have purposefully banned Google's browser from playing the episodes, despite the browser being equipped to support them.

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By Motoman on 12/28/2010 10:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
Video game consoles...

Blu-Ray players...


There's plenty of ways to surf the internet on your TV already...and get access to everything on it, including Youtube and network TV content. I see no point in a dedicated web-access box on top of the funtionality you probably already have someplace else.

RE: Unneeded
By MatthiasF on 12/28/2010 11:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
Especially when you can buy some of those other products for less and get way more for your money.

The $250-300 price tag puts the Revue out of the competition.

I'd prefer an $80 Roku instead if it was necessary.

RE: Unneeded
By Motoman on 12/28/2010 11:34:20 AM , Rating: 2
A $65 BD player from Walmart has some limited internet connectivity...and I think for about $100 you can get a BD player with a full web browser.

If you already have a Wii/X-Box/PS3 then you're already set as well.

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