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Vizio's $99 Co-Star Google TV Now Available For Pre-Order, Shipping August 14th

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    Vizio's $99 Co-Star Google TV now available for pre-order, shipping August 14th | The Verge (click for full article)

    "Vizio has started to take pre-orders for its $99 Google TV. Dubbed the Co-Star, the tiny set top box, which includes two HDMI ports, an ethernet jack, and a USB socket, sits between a television and cable box to overlay Google TV onto video content. Vizio's Co-Star also features Netflix, YouTube, and OnLive apps - with Vizio spending "months and months" to fine tune the streaming game service to its first Google TV device.

    Pre-orders are estimated to ship on August 14th and Vizio is offering free shipping for a limited amount of time. Check out our hands-on from Google I/O to get a good look at Vizio's Co-Star UI."


    http://www.vizio.com/costar/overview (click for Vizio Co-Star web site)


     
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    I got an email from Vizio regarding the Co-Star just now. The first mention I see in the ad of Google TV is at the bottom of the page, far right. So far, this isn't anything that can help the Google TV cause, lots of Vizio promotion but Vizio means nothing to me when it comes to internet TV access.
     
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    This article mentions that the Vizio Co-Star GTV box uses the Marvell Armada 1500 chip. (It's the same chip that's in the new Sony GTV box). Interesting that this author states the Vizio GTV box has more features than the new Sony GTV box. He also prefers the custom UI with the Vizio box:

    The $99 Vizio Co-Star Google TV Box Is Now Available To Pre-Order | TechCrunch (click for full article)


    From the article:


    "Vizio pulled off a sort of coup with the Co-Star. This $99 Google TV box packs more features than Sony's latest model and is half the price. Plus, I think the novel UI looks better than the standard Google TV interface. The box, which was announced last month, is now available for pre-order. It costs $99 and will ship August 14th.

    The Co-Star ships with a dual-sided remote: QWERTY on one side and a touchpad on the other. A dual-core Marvell Armada 1500 powers the device. It sports the typical apps such as Netflix and Amazon, but also Onlive, which is the Co-Star's prime attraction.


    Onlive turns the Co-Star into a legitimate gaming machine. Owners simply need to pair one of the OnLive controllers to the box. From there, as long as the owner pays for the Onlive service, games are streamed to the box. And as someone who has played with Onlive since the beginning, I can attest that the service has matured from a novelty to a real thing. There is a touch of latency, but it's hardly noticeable after a few minutes of playing. It's almost like your mind adjusts for it.


    With OnLive, a good price and Vizio's typical stellar distribution, the Co-Star could turn out to be the star player Google TV so desperately needs."
     
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    I am sure the more features claim is bogus but we will have to get this box in our possession to compare it to the Sony box. No optical audio output is one glaring omission along with only one USB port. Still, we are hopeful that Vizio has pulled this off, a Google TV box at $100 that works great, even if it does lack features compared to the competition.
     
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    I think that the OnLive gaming platform will be supported from the get-go on the Vizio Co-Star GTV box.

    There was some confusion about whether Sony will support the OnLive platform. Initially the Sony box was going to have a dongle for OnLive support.

    Then when Sony purchased gaming competitor Gaikai - Sony came out with a statement and said they were dropping OnLive support.

    After Sony announced that they weren't supporting OnLive anymore - OnLive came out with a statement that they (OnLive) will have an app for the entire GTV platform - so according to OnLive Sony's decision doesn't matter (as OnLive will be a part of the GTV platform).

    However OnLive stated they still need to work with each GTV manufacturer individually to fine tune the app on the different devices. So to me it doesn't sound like a done deal that OnLive will be on the Sony GTV box. And as far as I know there is no definitive timeline given either - as to when OnLive might appear on the new Sony GTV box.

    So this is probably one of the features that the author was referring to.
     
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    Steve Perlman (the CEO of OnLive) made a guest post on the Google TV blog today. He says that there will be an OnLive app for GTV in the Google Play store (sometime in the future). So apparently Sony GTV devices would be able to use that app when it becomes available. Vizio Co-Star box will come pre-installed with their custom OnLive app.

    The Official Google TV Blog: OnLive: console-class gaming on Google TV without the console (click for full article)

    From the blog:

    "WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012


    OnLive: console-class gaming on Google TV without the console
    Guest to the Google TV blog, Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO, OnLive talks about console-class cloud gaming on Google TV devices.


    With Google TV, a vast world of entertainment is always at your fingertips. Movies, TV shows, YouTube channels, music, apps-through live TV or streamed to your living room. OnLive is proud to bring yet another popular form of entertainment from the Internet to you: console-class gaming."
     
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    got an email 7/24 for $99 with free shipping for a limited time,tried to order 7/25 & 7/26...free shipping disappeared during payment on their site, a live chat was curt and
    negative re. free shipping,and now not even available for pre-order. maybe they sold all of their 1st batch. ordered the new sony version instead
     
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    I think you're right. I just went to the Vizio site and tried to add the Co-Star to my cart - but instead I got this message:

    "$99.99 This item is currently out of stock on vizio.com"

    By the way - how much do they want for shipping?
     
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    $10.00...reasonable enough but the chat line "specialist" left me feeling unwanted since i didnt order on day 1 with free shipping (there web page is below par imho...try getting back to products from a sub menu and you'll see what i mean)
    limited time usually is more than a day after you receive an email that you've been waiting for several months. anyway they lost an advanced sale...co-star not shipping till after 8/21
     
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    Vizio's Google TV Enabled Co-Star Is A Hit - Sells Out In Less Than 12 Hours (If Only Google Had More Faith In The Platform) (click for full article)

    "It was only 2 days ago pre-orders for the Google TV-enabled Vizio Co-Star went live and today we're learning that the mini set top sold out in less than 12 hours. Vizio took to their Google+ page to announce the good news, as well as let everyone know that a 2nd round of pre-orders are officially available. We expect the second batch to sell out equally as fast.


    I guess you could consider this the first real hit for the Google TV platform which hasn't exactly been attracting consumers like flies on honey. In fact, after today's huge announcement of Google Fiber - Google's new broadband service - you'd be hard pressed to find any mention of Google's red-headed step child anywhere. Funny too, seeing as how - oh, I don't know - the launching of a new cable service seemed like a pretty good time to plug Google TV and maybe even throw in a set top (instead of the Nexus 7 remote). But I digress...


    Anyone manage to get a pre-order in for the Vizio Co-Star? Anyone planning on pre-order/buying it once it's finally available?"
     
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    Looks like they finally did something right. I wish this Vizio unit will be at least no more buggy then GS7. :)
     
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    I hope it will be be great also but I fear the worst, I have no reason to believe Vizio has chosen the best hardware manufacturer. I hope Google itself was contracted to do all of the custom firmware development but I haven't seen anything about how this box came about. I have no reason to believe Vizio has the expertise to design the box or the operating system. I didn't read the linked article to see if quantity sold was disclosed, if it was just a sell out of whatever quantity Vizio chose to offer for this free shipping promotion, that might not mean much, that could mean 200 units sold.
     
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    The OS is mostly developed by Google. The platform (Marvell) was selected by Google and developed by Marvell. So, basically, they have not much places to completely fail here.
     
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    I have been happy with Marvell in the past, my Oppo BDP-93 uses a Marvell Qdeo chip and my LG BH200 uses an earlier Marvell Qdeo chip, both have been first rate for me. I understand the foundation will be Google and Marvell but as I found with the Logitech Revue compared to the Sony NSZ-GT1 there can be some important differences and I trust Sony can handle any custom firmware requirements properly, including licensing where needed. I don't trust Vizio can get this right but I hope they can and I definitely expect more bugs with the Vizio box than the Sony box.
     
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    I just checked the Vizio web site - and the Co-Star GTV box is available again for pre-order. Shipping is $10. Estimated shipping date is August 21st (for new orders).
     
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