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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Written by Chris Finke


    February 1, 2011



    [​IMG]I recently had several guests over to my house, and without any prompting on my part, I saw them successfully using YouTube search, Pandora streaming, and the Netflix app, which means the Logitech Revue’s learning curve is definitely low.

    The main question I heard was, “Does it record TV shows?” Upon hearing that it doesn’t, people disappointingly said, “So it’s just like… a computer… connected to your TV?” I understand that Google TV’s stated purpose is make video and the internet easily accessible, but the fact that there’s literally nothing I can do with Google TV that I can’t do in a web browser makes it less desirable and definitely not worth the $299 price.

    Except for browsing the web, my Revue doesn’t do anything my Tivo doesn’t (plus my Tivo organizes my recorded TV shows); however, I would choose to use the Revue over the Tivo every single time. On my Tivo, accessing things like Amazon Video On Demand or YouTube search can take as much as 10 seconds, with several second stutters during every menu change. On the Revue, the interaction is smooth, and the interface is polished. It’s so easy to use that my 20-month-old son knows how to use it to watch YouTube videos of his cousins -- “arrow, arrow, spacebar”, and he’s got an hour of entertainment queued up.

    Given this interface improvement, I wish that Google TV was able to natively browse my Tivo’s recordings through an interface like the Netflix app. The extent of Google TV’s integration with Tivo is two buttons on the keyboard: “DVR” which brings up my Tivo’s home screen, and “Guide” which switches to the live TV feed from my Tivo and activates the Tivo’s guide (which is terribly unusable).

    If user experience is what Tivo could take from the Revue, a new remote is what the Revue could take from Tivo -- a keyboard is a terrible form factor for controlling a TV from a couch or other non-desk surface. Logitech would be wise to mimic Tivo’s Slide Remote or find some other way to get back to a typical remote control form factor for all of the standard TV interactions but still include a QWERTY keyboard for web browsing and video search.


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  2. rtalain

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    I actually like the keyboard remote, and use it exclusively over my Harmony, even when I'm not using Google TV and just watching TV. It really makes it feel like an evolution in the TV watching experience. What would REALLY make me like the keyboard even more if I could use the QWERTY keys to enter searches in my DVR instead of the arrow keys.
     
  3. harley man

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    i agree the only thing that sucks about it it dose not have back lite
     

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