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Logitech Revue (Google TV)Logitech unveils their Revue set-top box which is the first to run Google TV.
Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak, senior associate editor at CNET.com and we're here with the Logitech Revue with Google TV. This is a settop box that you're gonna put in your home theater system. It costs about $300 and it's coming out in October and the idea is you're gonna bring the functionality of Google into your living room. If you have content that you wanna watch that's on the web or that you have content that's under DVR, you're gonna be able to bring up the Google Search Bar and find whatever you want to watch. The system consists of a settop box that you put under your TV. It has an HDMI input for connecting, say, a cable or a satellite box and it also has an HDMI output which you would connect to your TV. Now with a system like this, it all comes down to control. There are three different ways that you can control the Logitech Revue. Now it comes with an RF-based keyboard and what you have is you have a full keyboard like you had with your computer so you can search Google but you also have a touchpad for navigating the screen like you would on a browser and you have remote-based controls as if you were controlling a TV so you have pause, play, channel up, channel down, and volume. If the keyboard is too big, there's also a mini controller that's sold separately for $130 and it basically just shrinks down the full-sized keyboard into something more compact. Now, if you have an Android-based smartphone or an iPhone, there's also an app so you can just take out your phone and you won't have to deal with, say, the bulky keyboard and you can do all the same functionality right from your phone. Another cool thing you can do with your smartphone is if, say, you're watching a YouTube clip, you can push it to the TV and watch it on your big screen instead of watching it on your phone. Now the Logitech Revue with Google TV has an extensive set of content that you can access. You can be able to bring up your EPG from your cable box or satellite box and you're gonna be able to access services like Amazon, Netflix, Pandora, and, in the future, you'll even be able to take Android-based apps and look at them on your TV. Now the big question a lot of people are gonna be asking is will Hulu work on Google TV, and the answer is not right away. That's something that could change in the future, but right now, you're not gonna be able to access some of the free Hulu content that you enjoy on your laptop. Finally, like a lot of other network streaming boxes, it also has the ability to pull content from your PC so if you have music stored on a PC with a DLNA server, you're gonna be able to stream your music collection, your photos, and even video to the Google TV and that's all searchable from that search bar as well. Now, we can access content from a cable or satellite box and it can also control it as the Logitech Revue has built-in IR blasters so it's gonna be able to control other devices just as if you had, say, a Harmony Universal Remote. All together, in our quick demo with the Logitech Revue with Google TV, it feels like it has a lot more content than, say, the just recently released Apple TV so, while it does cost more, if you're someone that watches a lot of web video and you just want an all-in-one solution, this is something to look forward to and we're eager to get our hands on a review sample. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET.com and this is the Logitech Revue with Google TV.